- Global Green USA has opened a special application period for their Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment assistance specifically for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be accepted online through April 30.
- EPA hosts the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments as they explore and plan climate change and clean energy efforts. Check out the upcoming webcasts here.
What You Can Do
Whether you are a renter, homeowner, building owner, architect or builder, you can help to green our built environment.
Renters: Start by cleaning with natural products, installing Energy Star appliances and taking steps to improve indoor air quality. Replace incadescent lights with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Turn off and unplug appliances when not in use. Use low- volatile organic compounds (low-VOC) paint and green power options for your electricity.
Homeowners: Install energy and water efficient fixtures and appliances, and replace old windows with insulated low-emittance or "low-e" windows. Install low-VOC carpeting and use recycled and sustainable materials for renovations. See if you are eligible for Energy Star product rebates for products like insulation, furnaces and more.
Building owners and Managers: Have your building commissioned to determine current resource consumption and recalibrate the systems for optimum efficiency and comfort. Provide recycling receptacles for tenants and investigate if a green roof is appropriate for your building to conserve energy and mitigate stormwater runoff. Use Energy Star's Portfolio Manager tool to track and assess energy and water consumption in your buildings, and get recognition for your successes.
Architects and Developers: Employ green building techniques in the design and throughout the construction process. Use green building standards to design a green scheme and have the building certified. Save money and prevent waste using specifications language for Deconstruction and Demolition Waste Reduction.