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Bosch Appliance Energy Saving Calculator
Bosch's Energy Savings Calculator shows you the potential energy savings Bosch appliances can deliver.
BuildingGreen is an independent company, committed to providing accurate, unbiased and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals reduce adverse impacts and improve the environmental performance of buildings.
Earthcraft House is a green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes, which reduce utility bills and protect the environment.
ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder
This application will help you find any special offers or rebates currently available on Bosch ENERGY STAR qualified products in your area.
Global Green Building Resource Center
A partnership between Global Green USA and the City of Santa Monica, the Green Building Resource is stocked with samples of the most popular environmentally-friendly building materials, and provides free design advice and information about green building strategies.
the groovy mind
thegroovymind furthers the movements of environmental sustainability and social and economic justice through buying, promoting and selling organic, fair trade and eco-friendly products that break the cycle of poverty in developing nations, while protecting our natural resources.
Inhabitat.com is a weblog, devoted to the future of design, tracking innovations in technology, practices and materials that push architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
LEED® for Homes
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance.
National Association of Home Builders
NAHB designed the voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines to move environmentally friendly home building concepts further into the mainstream marketplace.
NRDC Green Building Resources
Resources, news, and tips for designing and building green from one of the nation's most effective environmental-action organizations.
Santa Monica Green Building Program
The City of Santa Monica is committed to protecting the environment, improving quality of life, and promoting sustainability. In order to fulfill this commitment, the City has adopted a set of requirements and recommendations to encourage the development of "green" buildings without forcing excessive costs or other burdens upon developers, building owners or occupants.
Created by Enterprise in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Communities is a five-year, $555 million initiative to build more than 8,500 environmentally healthy homes for low-income families.
Sustainable products Blog, written by the green editor of House and Garden magazine.
The Ideal Bite
The Ideal Bite provides insight and inspiration, level-headed advice, and cool tools to take sustainable action for people who aspire to align their everyday actions with their personal values.
TreeHugger is a web magazine, dedicated to everything that has a modern aesthetic and is environmentally responsible – with a goal of making sustainability mainstream.
EPA – An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality
A description of sources, contributing causes and health effects of indoor air quality problems in homes.
EPA – Indoor Air Pollution
An EPA list of links for more information about indoor air pollution, including air pollutants, research, control, effects, legal aspects, monitoring, quality models, atmospheric effects, and mobile sources.
National Resources Defense Council – Health and Environment
Links to information about harmful chemicals that infiltrate the places we live, work and play, including recommendations for the creation of health standards that protect against chemical threats.
California Urban Water Conservation Council
The California Urban Water Conservation Council was created to increase efficient water use statewide through partnerships among urban water agencies, public interest organizations, and private entities.
EPA – Water Quality Monitoring
The Environmental Protection Agencies site of articles and tools around water quality issues.
Carbon Mitigation Initiative at Princeton
The Carbon Mitigation Initiative is a joint project of Princeton University, BP and the Ford Motor Company to find solutions to the greenhouse and global warming problem. Together our researchers are developing strategies to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions that will be safe, effective, and affordable.
Conservation International CO2 Emissions Calculator
Conservation International believes that Earth's natural heritage must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally and economically. CI's new carbon calculator empowers you to calculate and offset your personal carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Energy Information Administration – Renewable and Alternative Fuels
Official Energy Statistics from the US Government. A site that includes information about renewables, biomass, geothermal, hydro, wind, alternative fueled vehicles, ethanol and international data.
Energy Information Administration – US Emissions Data
Official Energy Statistics from the US Government. A site with up-to-date energy-related emissions data and environmental analyses, including data on greenhouse gas emissions, electric power plant emissions, environmental equipment, carbon emission factors, state carbon dioxide emissions, international emissions data, greenhouse gas reporting, and emissions forecasts.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, with a goal to help consumers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
EPA – National Plan for Energy Efficiency Report
To create a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency through gas and electric utilities, utility regulators, and partner organizations, more than 50 leading organizations joined together to develop the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency.
StopGlobalWarming.org – Action Items
The Stop Global Warming calculator shows you how much carbon dioxide you can prevent from being released into the atmosphere and how much money you can save by making some small changes in your daily life. It's our hope that the calculator will promote action, awareness and empowerment by showing you that one person can make a difference and help stop global warming.
Archinect is designed to make architecture more connected and open-minded, bringing together designers from around the world to introduce new ideas from all disciplines.
Cool Hunting offers daily updates on ideas and products in the intersection of art, design, culture and technology, and features weekly videos that give an inside look at the people who create them.
Curbed Los Angeles
A site devoted to the myriad flourishings of culture in Southern California, including developments in real estate and food.
Land + Living
Land + Living is a Blog about design and lifestyle in the modern world.
MoCo Loco is a web magazine, featuring modern contemporary design news and views.
a weekly dose of architecture
A weekly dose of architecture looks at contemporary architectural works with architectural and/or cultural significance.
fabprefab is an information resource, dedicated to investigating the market for affordable, modernist, factory-built residential architecture.
LiveModern is a free and open community for modern home buyers, architects, builders, developers, furnishers, lenders, realtors—anyone interested in modern and sustainable design in housing products and services.
National Modular Housing Council
The National Modular Housing Council was created to provide modular manufacturers, suppliers, and builders a national voice, facilitating policies and programs beneficial to both the industry and consumers of modular homes.
A+D Museum Exhibit
A site announcing the A + D Museum's celebration of Ray Kappe, one of LA's architectural icons, with a major retrospective of architectural works.
The architect's home page, featuring photographs, quotes, and an extended biography.
A short biographical summary of the architect's major achievements to date.
Themes and Variations: Ray Kappe
The 1999 80 page hardcover monograph of Kappe's work, including photographs.
This site summarizes the work of Hertz and Syndesis, Inc. that ranges through the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings, product design, furniture design and public sculpture to material development and manufacturing and environmental consulting.
Short biographical summary, including personal background, achievements, awards, and professional service.
Architect's profile, including complete curriculum vitae, with design philosophy, awards, tours and exhibitions, publications, television appearances and important projects.
Boing Boing, a weblog described as a "directory of wonderful things," attracts more than 2 million unique visitors to its site each month, and was voted "best of the web" among tech blogs by Forbes and BusinessWeek.
The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words: "leg godt," meaning "play well." Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen, The LEGO Group has passed from father to son to grandson. Lego has evolved over the past seventy years from a small carpenter's workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now, in terms of sales, the world's sixth-largest manufacturer of toys.
The Southern California Institute of Architecture
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) was founded in 1972 as a school dedicated to the pursuit of architecture as a tool for both artistic and social experimentation. SCI-Arc is dedicated to the positive future of Los Angeles--its urban context, social welfare, and environmental quality.
Sustainable Business Council
The Sustainable Business Council is a non-profit organization acting as a professional networking forum, an information clearinghouse and an industry advocate for California businesses and individuals working with sustainable products, services and processes.
Better Places, Better Lives: Autobiography of James Rouse
Taking a closer look at James Rouse, a key figure in urban planning who had a profound influence on American developments, this biography explores the transformation from a 22-year-old upstart with an innovative plan to facilitate Baltimore's residential mortgages into a master planner and city builder celebrated on the cover of Time magazine.
Cradle to Cradle
Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better--say, edible grocery bags! In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete.
Ecology of Commerce
Paul Hawken, the entrepreneur behind the Smith & Hawken gardening supply empire, is no ordinary capitalist. He is on a one-man crusade to reform our economic system by demanding that First World businesses reduce their consumption of energy and resources by 80 percent in the next 50 years.
Greed to Green
A business organization's obligations to its shareholders create a bottom-line mentality that often seems at odds with social responsibility, but this author argues that conscientious companies actually fare better over the long haul.
Mid Course Correction
With passion and pride, Ray Anderson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of one of the world's largest interior furnishings companies, recounts his awakening to the importance of environmental issues and outlines the steps his once petroleum-dependent company is taking in its quest to become a sustainable enterprise.
In Natural Capitalism, three top strategists (Paul Hawken and Amory and Hunter Lovins) show how leading-edge companies are practicing "a new type of industrialism" that is more efficient and profitable while saving the environment and creating jobs.
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