Sustainable Design Organizations

Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)
(202) 857-0666
ASE represents a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient use of energy. In honor of their partners, ASE hosts an annual dinner, "Stars of Energy Efficiency," which brings together more than 300 individuals, corporations and organizations who have made(and continue to make) serious contributions to the energy saving effort.
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection. Collaborates on projects and initiatives with dozens of organizations including federal and state agencies, utilities, research groups, business and public interest groups. Sponsor conferences and workshops are attended by representatives of major corporations, many of which may be available as funding partners for your project.
American Indoor Air Quality Council Nonprofit comprised of IAQ professionals and technicians to promote awareness, education and certification.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES) The American Solar Energy Society participates in educational and promotional activities regarding solar and other renewable energy sources. They sponsor an annual conference (See conference list at the end of this Directory) and a bimonthly magazine. Their membership may include prospects for your project.
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.
ATHENA Sustainable Materials Institute ATHENA is an environmental assessment tool for the building, design and research communities. Website offers a free download of their software.
Building Industry Professionals for Environmental Sustainability
BIPER "bridges the gap between disciplines to facilitate quantum shift in design-build education and practices. It enables readers to become more productive, more successful…real emissaries of change" (About BIPER USA)
Business Products Industry Association This organization is comprised of office furniture makers and they recently published a 12-page brochure entitled, Recycled Office Furniture: Good for the Environment, Good for Your Business Contact them for donations by e-mail.
Center for Energy and Climate Solutions (CECS) Division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF) The Center's Director, Dr. Joseph Romm, is the Author of "Cool Companies:How the best businesses boost profits and productivity by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
(512) 928-4786
Pioneering work on the use of fly ash.
Center for Resourceful Building Technology
(406) 549-7678
Founded in 1990, CRBT is a project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology and it is dedicated to promoting environmentally responsible practices in construction.
Certified Forest Products Council Nonprofit organization promoting responsible forest product buying practices. Maintains a database of wood product suppliers that they certify.
Climate Institute
(202) 547-0104
International leader in promoting and protecting the balance between climate and life on earth by facilitating partnerships between scientists, policy makers, and corporate leaders. Sponsor conferences and develop educational materials from grant support provided by major federal and private foundation sources. Although they rarely provides grant support, but they can leverage their influence with funding agencies.
Climate Savers Collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions (CECS) to help businesses voluntarily lower energy consumption and reduce emissions. Attracting Fortune 100 corporations, many of which might be willing to become funding partners for green projects.
Climate Trust This agency and its partner organization Seattle City Light provide funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)

(617) 247-0700

"CERES is a coalition of investment funds, environmental organizations, and public interest groups. Our mission is to move businesses, capital, and markets to advance lasting prosperity by valuing the health of the planet and its people" (CERES).
Co-op America Business Network CABNlist is used to find sources of green building materials. CABNlist is only available to CABN members. To subscribe CABNlist send and e-mail with "subscribe CABNlist (your e-mail address here)" in the body of your message.
Congress for the New Urbanism

(415) 495-2255

Leading organization in New Urbanist movement. Comprised of professionals from all areas of development field. Advocates the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions.
Development Center for Appropriate Technology
(520) 624-6628
Focus on natural building and greening of building codes.
Earth Island Institute
(415) 788-3666
Produces Earth Island Journal which is committed to uncompromising coverage of social, political, and environmental issues from around the globe. Noted for its in depth exposes, international scope, and solution based journalism. Provides the news to conserve, protect, and restore our planet.
Earth's 911 LEED recognized for Storage & Collection of Recyclables. Information and education programs on recycling as well as regional links to recyclers in your area.
Eco-Net A wide ranging site with a large variety of environmental news, action alerts, and features. Topics are subject indexed.
Energy Efficient Building Association Nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities
Energy Foundation

(415) 561-6700

Mission to assist in the nation's transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. Five grant programs: Power, Buildings, Integrated Issues, Transportation, and US Clean Energy Program. Board meets the first week of March, June, and November to review proposals, which are accepted at any time. Applications are available upon request.
Environmental Defense

(212) 505-2100

"Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, [it has] linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems" (Environmental Defense). This website calls itself 'Other environmental portal' and provides work-focused environmental business information, tools, and resources related to a wide variety of energy and environmental issues. Enviroglobe may be a potential sponsor for newsletters, conferences or building projects.
EnviroLink Library This resource is considered the most comprehensive collection of environmental topics (including funding programs) on the web, to explore further go to the site.
Environmental Health Network
(415) 541-5075
Support and networking organization for E.I./M.C.S.
Environmental News Network (ENN)
1 (888) 311-3661
This nonprofit organization provides a media outlet for promoting your energy efficient construction demonstration project. To find out how to send ENN a press release or to check out the latest environmental and energy-related news stories or listen to radio broadcasts go to the website.
Ford Foundation One of the world's leading foundations, the Ford Foundation is committed to supporting innovative energy and environmental education and information projects. Their website offers a vast array of news, events, publications, grant development suggestions and a guest book.
Global Network of Environment and Technology (GNET) Provides technical support to sustainability related organizations. They assisted in the coordination of the "National Town Meeting on Sustainability," held in Detroit, May 1999. GNET co-sponsors SUNetwork newsletter with Sustainable USA. Also affiliated with
GoodMoney: Socially Responsible Corporations This site provides another great opportunity to research a variety of partner prospects for your demonstration project. This agency's website lists 20 industry categories describing 185 socially responsible companies. Although it is advisable to review information on all 185 corporations listed, start with category #7: "Environment, Energy and Alternative Energy." Search for "green money". Numerous writers include: Amy Domini, William McDonough, Barbara Krumsiek, Nina Utne, and Gary Hirshberg
Green Building Alliance The Green Building Alliance is a non-profit organization that integrates environmentally responsible - and high performance - design, construction and operating practices into the Greater Pittsburgh market. As a result, GBA enhances the human health, economic, environmental, and social value of new and existing development.
Green Business Network
1 (800) US-GREEN
Dedicated to helping businesses integrate environmental thinking throughout their operations. Free e-newsletter, Greenbuzz. In addition to references to interesting articles, their website has links to the websites of more than 100 Fortune-500 companies who are committed to revamping and retrofitting their company's environmental policies
greenerbuilding A non-profit website whose sole mission is to encourage the building of better buildings. Throughout the site, you'll find building products, local dealers and helpful programs near you. But really begins with you - it's a place for you to share your personal expertise about products with the sustainable building communities.
A community-oriented, volunteer-run organization, GreenHomeNYC promotes environmentally sustainable urban buildings. GreenHomeNYC is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. GreenHomeNYC's mission is to facilitate the adoption of sustainable building methods and materials by owners of small residential and commercial buildings in New York City. GreenHomeNYC aims to be a hub of resources for small building owners, to promote the understanding of green building issues, and to connect building owners with local green building service and materials providers.
1 (800) 326-0959
"Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future" (
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
(212) 248-5000
LEED referenced standard: Recommended Practice Manual: Lighting for Exterior Environments
Institute for Sustainable Forestry
(707) 923-4719
Nonprofit organization
Marin Conservation League "A non profit corporation founded in 1934 to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural assets of Marin County for all people" (
National Association of Home Builders Research Center

1 (800) 638-8556

"The NAHB Research Center, wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders, is the research and development leader in the home building industry. Government agencies, manufacturers, builders, and remodelers rely on the expertise and objectivity that are at the very heart of the Research Center and its activities. Uniquely positioned to facilitate invaluable liaisons – between builders and manufacturers, design professionals and housing research, and government and industry – the Research Center is dedicated to advancing housing technology and enhancing housing affordability for the benefit of all Americans" (About NAHB Research Center).
National Association of Energy Service Company (NAESCO) The world wide web resource for energy service providers and consumers.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
(613) 995-0947
Specializes in the sustainable development and use of natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests and earth sciences. Focuses on natural resource issues, from both a national and international perspective, using expertise in science and technology, policy and programs.
Natural Resources Defense Council

(212) 727-2700

Resource for architects on ways to optimize wood use. Uses law, science and large membership for protection of wildlife and wild places to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Also in San Francisco, California Phone. 415-777-0220
Natural Step

(415) 318-8170

"The Natural Step's mission is to accelerate global sustainability by guiding companies and governments onto an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable path. We are working together with some of the largest resource users on the planet to create solutions, innovative models and tools that will lead the transition to a sustainable future.

A non-profit, international organization, we use a set of scientifically proven sustainability principles to transform debate into useful discussion and to drive innovation. Through cutting edge research, services and education we are helping to define the emerging field of sustainability and seeding the foundation for global transformation." (Natural Step).
New Building Institute Encourages efficient use of energy in buildings and mitigate the adverse environmental impacts resulting from energy use in buildings.
North Coast Builders Exchange Nonprofit organization based in Santa Rosa, CA
Physicians for Social Responsibility Represents more than 20,000 physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals and concerned citizens devoted to nuclear disarmament, violence prevention and environmental health.
Red Feather Development Group

(406) 585-7188

Red Feather Development Group focuses the public’s eye on the poverty and desperate housing problems that have plagued American Indian reservations for generations. Red Feather raises funds and organizes volunteers to build desperately needed homes within reservation communities, while educating and empowering tribal members to create long-term, sustainable solutions for their needs.
REPP-CREST Web site of the center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) now under the wing of the Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP). The grandfather of energy-efficiency web sites. Among the resources housed here are content of the Greening of the White House CD-ROM and archives from the greenbuilding and strawbale e-mail lists.
Rocky Mountain Institute

(970) 927-3851

RMI is a think tank and advocacy organization that is leading the way in energy efficiency and environmental design. RMI's Green Development Services team consults on many high-profile projects. The Institute's newsletters are a great read on this web site. Company also offers grants.
Second Nature Education for Sustainability
(617) 292-7771
Web site for this organization promoting sustainability in higher education, with several online databases of related resources. Second Nature recently launched an initiative directed at architecture schools.
Smart Growth Network The Smart Growth Network is a coalition of developers, planners, government officials, lending institutions, and others involved in the development process in US cities and states. This site offers essays and other information on Development, Buildings, and Regional Planning, with special attention paid to alternatives to sprawl.
Southface Energy Institute

(404) 872-3549

AKA Southface Energy and Environment Resource Center. An energy "laboratory" featuring sustainable technologies and design including passive solar design, solar-electric shingles, geothermal HVAC, high-performance windows, efficient lighting and daylighting. The brochure describes all aspects of the building's energy-saving design and lists all the supporters. Their "adopt a solar shingle" campaign also raised funds.
Sustainable Sources One-stop online resource for sustainability. Free resources include links to sustainability professionals, organizations, green product databases, and more. Also offers internet services for businesses providing online content such as searchable databases, discussion forums, and e-commerce.
Sustainable Products Purchasers Coalition A catalyst for the transformation of industry and the marketplace to develop, produce and consume sustainable products.
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

(512) 345-5446

Organization of companies and individuals involved in solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric energy products and/or services. Fierce advocate for clean energy.
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.
Urban Land Institute A nonprofit organization based in Washington DC that promotes the responsible use of land to enhance the environment.
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