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Green building, or sustainable design, is an approach to building design, construction and operation that considers the building, its property, and place in the community as a whole system to create economical, environmentally sound and healthy spaces in which to live and work. Green buildings are designed to reduce environmental impacts on the site, and on water, energy and resource use while creating healthy indoor environments.
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  • Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century
    US Green Building Council report that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. The report includes topics on examining the implications of climate change for green building and identifies opportunities for resilience through the design, construction, and operation of buildings and communities; analyzing how individual LEED credits support regional adaptation needs, such as enhanced water conversation in arid climates and water-sensitive regions; and demonstrating how consideration of climate resilience in buildings can increase the likelihood of achieving performance goals throughout the lifetime of a project.

  • Green Building and Climate Resilience
    US Green Building Council report that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. This links to the 260 page PDF report.

  • HUD Sustainability Communities Resource Center
    In 2012 the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed the Sustainable Resource Center web site which provides examples of projects and best practices from sustainability projects around the United States. Categories in the Resource Center include: economic competitiveness, housing and transportation choices, regional planning, green building, and rural and tribal sustainability. Also available at this site is the Sustainable Communities eNews.

  • EPA Green Infrastructure Permitting and Enforcement Fact Sheets
    EPA has released a series of six fact sheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wet weather programs. The series builds upon existing EPA authority, guidance and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting and enforcement professionals can work with permittees to include green infrastructure measures as part of control programs. The six fact sheets and four supplements address stormwater permits, total maximum daily loads, combined sewer overflow long-term control plans, and enforcement actions.

  • UW-Extension Wisconsin LEED Certified Buildings Database
    Find LEED certified projects across the Wisconsin and lists the project type, the certification earned, owner, the design and building team, along with a picture of the building. Projects are alphabetically listed by municipality and can be searched by category, municipality and county.

  • Ontario Green Policy Hub
    This web site focuses on sustainable policy development in Ontario. Information is categorized on policies related to: Community Planning, Transportation, Green Infrastructure, Water Conservation, Energy, Waste Reduction, Public Buildings.

  • Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter
    This web site houses information on Green Building Essentials, Tools and Resources, Education and Careers, News and Events, and Program Showcase

  • Fielding Nair
    Fielding Nair International is an organization of architects and change agents for education. Their web site includes Six Principles of Sustainable School Design, Designing Schools for the 21st Century, Reinventing Schools, and a compendium of examples of sustainable schools designed and constructed around the world.

  • Wisconsin Focus on Energy
    Fact sheets, incentive applications and information for new construction, government, business, industrial, and residential sectors on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • The Midwest Renewable Energy Association
    MREA is a nonprofit network for sharing ideas, resources and information to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  • Energy Center of Wisconsin
    The Energy Center of Wisconsin is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving energy sustainability including support of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental protection.

  • Energy Star
    US EPA and US DOE programs promoting energy efficient products and practices for businesses, governments and homes.

  • Government Green Building Programs Inventory
    GIS database of local government green building policies.

  • Building Green Guide: Sustainable Product Choices
    Database of green building materials and supplies from landscaping to roofing to floors and where to get them in Wisconsin.

  • US Green Building Council
    LEED Green Building Rating System for: New Construction, Neighborhood Development, Existing Buildings, Homes and Schools and related research, economic analyses, case studies and links.

  • Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
    The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA), an affiliate of the US Green Building Council, facilitates and promotes the development and use of ecologically sustainable materials and practices within Wisconsin's Built environment.

  • Wisconsin Green Built Home Program
    A green building rating program that reviews and certifies homes according to green building and energy standards.

  • Smart Communities Network: Green Buildings: Affordable Housing
    This web site provides information and links about green affordable housing techniques and approaches, financing and case studies.

  • Enterprise
    This web site provides solutions and financing for affordable housing and thriving communities.

  • Enterprise Green Communities
    This web site provides green criteria for developers and grant funding to make affordable projects healthy and energy efficient.

  • Building a Green Capital City: The Natural Step to Madison’s Sustainable Design and Energy Future
    Sherrie Gruder, ACEEE Proceedings, 2008 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
    This paper details how the City of Madison uses The Natural Step process in a comprehensive approach toward sustainable energy in its buildings, operations, infrastructure and fleet, development and transportation planning.

  • On-site Renewable Energy in LEED Buildings: Case Study Compendium, Focus On Energy Fact Sheet
    This case study compendium provides an array of examples of LEED and non-LEED buildings in Wisconsin and the Midwest that have successfully integrated on-site renewable energy systems.

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