Professional Trade Organizations

American Institute of Architects (AIA) American Institute of Architects trade organization. Offers green design education resources, grant programs assisting local design and civic org's in producing innovative programming to enrich the public's understanding and appreciation of architecture (incl. green buildings). Features an annual "Top 10" Green Buildings list.
American Society of Landscape Architects

(202) 898-2444

National Professional society, founded in 1899, that represents the landscape architecture profession in the U.S.
American Society of Interior Designers

(202) 546-3480

Represents the interests of interior designers and the interior design community.
Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) The SolarBank program is fro mobilizing financial resources for solar energy. this is a global capital fund for the financing of the end-use markets for solar energy.
The Carpet and Rug Institute Trade organization established the Green Label Testing Program to identify low-emitting carpets to consumers. LEED referenced standard for VOC's in carpets, cushions and adhesives.
Forest Products Association of Canada

(613) 563-1441

Requires member companies to comply with sustainable management standards
International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

1 (888) 799-4432

Professional networking and educational association. Commited to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge.
Interiors & Sources (IS) Actively involved with green design. Sponsors EnviroDesign annual conference and publishes print and virtual magazines, Interiors and Sources and ISDESIGNET.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)


NAHB exists to represent the building industry by serving its members and affiliated state and local builders associations. To achieve an overall mission of member satisfaction, NAHB concentrates on the following goals:

  • Balanced national legislative, regulatory, and judicial public policy.
  • Public appreciation for the importance of housing and those who provide it.
  • The premier resource for industry information, education, research, and technical expertise.
  • Improved business performance of its members and affiliates.
  • Effective management of staff, financial, and physical resources to satisfy the association’s needs.
Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) SEPA (Formerly known as UPVG, the Utility Photovoltaic Group) is a membership organization led by electric service providers from 8 countries working together to advance the use of solar photovoltaic power. Their membership list is a good place to look for prospective funding partners. An informative 10-page article "Financing PV" is available on the website.
Sustainable Building Industries Council (SBIC)

(202) 628-7400

SBIC is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of America's buildings.
Sustainable Communities Network (SCN) This organization provides a variety of resources for sustainability-oriented community developers who want to connect with like-minded federal, state and private organizations. The "Funding Sources" link provides a list of resources most of whom are interested in funding residential projects rather than commercial. The "SNC Partnership" link lists related sustainability organizations.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

(415) 445-9500

Green building industry's premier coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Sponsor summit conferences and is the directing organization for the LEED program.
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