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Energy-saving & Sustainable Building/Development
Energy saving technologies, sources of information for both new and retrofit construction & sustainable land development. The emphasis being on the built environment.
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  Link   American Wind Energy Association
Promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumer. National trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, manufacturers, utilities, researchers & others in the wind industry.
  Link   American Solar Energy Society
Nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency & other sustainable technologies in the U.S.
  Link   California Straw Building Association
A nonprofit with mission to further the practice of straw building by exchanging current information & practical experience, promoting & conducting research & testing, making Straw Bale information available to working professionals & the public.
  Link   California Solar Energy Industries Association
Supports the widespread adoption of solar thermal & photovoltaic systems by educating consumers, supporting solar legislation & conducting business in a professional & ethical manner.
  Link   California Solar Initiative
Part of the Go Solar California campaign & builds on 10 years of state solar rebates offered to customers in CA's investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) & San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
  Link   EPA Sustainability Website
This site provides information on scores of EPA programs supporting sustainability that focus on the Built Environment; Water, Ecosystems & Agriculture; Energy; and Materials & Toxics on sustainability near you, and on how you can help.
  Link   Find Solar
Connecting you to solar professionals. Solar Estimators for your possible project. Info on Federal Tax Incentives.
  Link   Go Solar California
Website brought to you by California's Public Utilities Commission & Energy Commission. This site provides consumers a "one-stop shop" for information on rebates, tax credits & incentives for solar energy systems in California.
  Link   Green Made Simple
1-stop way to find energy saving incentives rebates & free offers available where you live businesses & products that match your needs & meet green standards other people making it happen.
  Link   Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Non-profit organization, celebrating its 26th year, dedicated to moving renewable energy resources into the marketplace.
  Link   Kern County Energy Watch
For a limited time, PG&E, SCE, & So. CA Gas Co. are joining forces with the City of Bakersfield & Kern County to deliver an energy efficiency program designed especially for local residents & businesses.
  Link   Land Stewardship Project
A private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture & to develop sustainable communities.
  Link   Local Governments for Sustainability
Association of local governments & national & regional local government organizations (815+ cities, towns & counties) that have made a commitment to sustainable development.
  Link   National Center for Appropriate Technology
Projects range from low-tech to high-tech, including: weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products & providing information on building construction.
  Link   Smart Growth America
Coalition of organizations advocating on behalf of historic preservation, the environment, farmland & open space preservation, neighborhood revitalization.
  Link   National Energy Center for Sustainable Communities
Promotes healthier & more productive communities by integrating cleaner energy systems and energy-smart planning & design into new development & redevelopment projects.
  Link   National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The nation's primary lab for renewable energy & energy efficiency research & development focused on advancing the U.S. Dept. of Energy's energy goals supporting research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions.
  Link   National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Provides information & other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators & others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
  Link   National Wind Technology Center
Wind is a clean, inexhaustible, indigenous energy resource that can generate enough electricity to power millions of homes & businesses. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing forms of electricity generation in the world.
  Link   Smart Growth Coalition of Kern County
Began in 1993 when people from various sectors became concerned about lack of planned growth. Mission: to inform the public about future impacts of growth & land-use decisions, to advocate policies that build a quality community & a healthy economy.
  Link   Sustainable Building Resource Directory
A website-based information resource & searchable database of Green Building & Sustainable Development businesses, organizations, &programs.
  Link   Sustainable Communities Network
Linking citizens to resources & to one another to create healthy, vital sustainable communities.
  Link   Sustainable Conservation
Since 1992, advances the stewardship of natural resources using innovative, pragmatic strategies that actively engage businesses & private landowners in conservation & environmental stewardship throughout California.
  Link   Sustainable Development Gateway
A tri-lingual Internet portal providing access to over 1,200 links, a calendar of events, a job bank, the Sustainability Web Ring, a roster of mailing lists (listservs) & news sites dealing with sustainable development.
  Link   UC Davis Land Use & Natural Resources
UC Davis offers courses in Energy Resource Management, Green Building & Sustainable Design, & Land Use & Environmental Planning, including a New Green Building & Sustainable Design Certificate Program.
  Link   U.S. Green Building Council
Non profit dedicated to expanding green building practices & education. Certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools & neighborhoods using its Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
  Link   What do I need to know to purchase a residential wind turbine?
Over its life, a small residential wind turbine can offset approximately 1.2 tons of air pollutants & 200 tons of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide & other gases which cause climate change).
  Link   Windpower Monthly
Leading news magazine of the international wind energy business. The magazine provides balanced quality information on wind power & only wind power, the renewable energy source of greatest economic potential.
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