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  • Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) offers Green Building Guidelines for New Home Construction, Green Building Guidelines for Home Remodeling, Builders Guide to Reuse and Recycling and Green Building Materials Resource Guide. ACWMA also offers funding assistance for innovative projects that promote source reduction, decrease the amount of waste disposed in Alameda County landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled content.

  • Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program (ACCWP) A program that combines Bay Area local governments that work together to protect creeks, wetlands and the San Francisco Bay

  • Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on educating design professionals and the public about critical social and environmental issues, especially green building. They publish the Architectural Resource Guide and host a green building lecture series.

  • Bay Area Build It Green is a program designed to provide Bay Area homeowners, homebuyers, remodelers, and builders a trusted resource for information on Green Building and its various applications. It is supported by Alameda County Waste Management Authority and by Green Building materials suppliers and distributors such as James Hardie, Johns Manville, Trex, Truitt & White Lumber, and Tyvek.

  • California Integrated Waste Management Board provides good resources for composting, gardening, and managing organic material

  • California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) provides information about invasive plants and healthier alternatives

  • California Multifamily Housing Consortium seeks to improve delivery of energy efficiency services to the multifamily sector, in both existing and new construction multifamily dwellings. The Consortium is made up of existing multifamily organizations, cities and counties, public housing, building officials, investor owned and municipal utilities, appropriate state and federal agencies, financiers, and the university and community college systems. Consortium members work together to identify energy efficiency related market needs and barriers, provide resources, and cultivate links between the resources, knowledge, and multi-family housing providers. For more information, contact Andee Chamberlain at Andee@SEIinc.org.

  • California Native Plant Society spearheads the Native Plant Conservation Campaign (NPCC)

  • City of Berkeley's Green Building Initiative offers an information clearinghouse including fact sheets, directories, referrals and project consultation through the Green Resource Center (www.greenresourcecenter.org)

  • City of San Jose has a program for their own municipal buildings as well as educational seminars for private sector professionals

  • City and County of San Francisco offers web resources on their green municipal buildings and a walk-in EcoCenter for residents.

  • County of San Mateo RecycleWorks Green Building Program works with other interested organizations in the County to provide educational opportunities, information, and inspiration to build in an environmentally sensitive manner. The program sponsors an annual Solar Tour in October, is part of the team that offers an annual Green Building Award, and initiates a variety of cooperative projects to bring the issues of energy efficiency, integrated green building practices, and recycling to the public. In addition, the program supports and facilitates other local organizations or jurisdictions in developing Sustainable Building Policies similar to or expanding on the County's policy.

  • Energy Action Resources for Energy Efficiency in Multi-Family Housing provides a range of services for property owners and managers including a financial resource guide, contractor referrals, a peer network, tenant education, property manager training, and on-call technical support and diagnostics.

  • Green Affordable Housing Coalition is a coalition of San Francisco Bay Area public-sector and private-sector professionals committed to incorporating green building practices into the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of affordable housing.

  • Green Resource Center is a green building information resource for the San Francisco Bay Area. This Bay Area non-profit educates profesionals and the public on the numerous environmental, health, and economic benefits of green building. The GRC acts as a central hub linking consumers with all aspects of the green building industry, channeling market demand into action.

  • Marin's BEST is a county program to enhance energy efficiency and conservation in residential, commercial, and community facilities.

  • Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) works to prevent stormwater pollution in Marin, provides helpful information for sustainable landscaping

  • Oakland's Green Building Resource Center

  • Our Water, Our World (OWOW)  provides a variety of information resources for less-toxic pest control for the home and garden

  • Pacific Energy Center (Pacific Gas and Electric) offers demonstrations, an extensive library, and a multitude of top-quality educational seminars and workshops.

  • San Mateo Countywide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (STOPP) provides resources for pollution prevention in the residence, business, and community

  • Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation Programs provides water conservation tactics and lists events and workshops offered

  • Sonoma County Waste Management Agency Green Building pages includes case studies and links

  • UC Davis Statewide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program provides extensive information on IPM

  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC) - various US locations
    Northern California Chapter
    Redwood Empire Chapter
    Local chapters offer meetings, seminars and tours as well as training classes in implementing their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification.

  • Watershed Adventures helps to build awareness and understanding of local creeks and watersheds to 4th grade students in Alameda County


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