Green Resources

Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

Read more about green building or use these links to explore topics:

Federal Agency and Web sites of Interest The Whole Building Design Guide : http://www.wbdg.org/ is a comprehensive, internet-based portal to a wide range of federal and private sector, building-related guidance, criteria and technology, including guidance and resources on sustainable design.

Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network : http://www.eere.energy.gov/ it has numerous programs to improve energy efficiency and increase usage of renewable energy technologies.

High-Performance Buildings Case Study Database : http://eere.buildinggreen.com/ it's research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that seeks to improve building performance measuring methods by collecting data on various factors that affect a building's performance, such as energy, materials, and land use.

Urban Management, Sustainable Development, and Smart Growth Innovations- Land use management, planning, and building operations : http://www.epa.gov/osem/historical.htm

In Florida Homeowners wanting a guide for greening their homes will find help at http://floridagreenbuilding.org/

Another great local resource is http://www.usgbcsf.org/ a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of sustainable, energy efficient buildings.

In Miami Dade to turn your trash into cash http://www.daderecycling.com/faqs.php they will pay to pcck up your trash

Find recycling centers at http://www.miamibeach411.com/recycle/recycle-center.htm

Another great resource is http://earth911.com/ just enter your zip code or city and they will find the recycling center for your items¦