Links & Resources

ASSOCIATIONS, NETWORKS AND NEWSLETTERS

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Efficient Windows Collaborative

This site provides unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Council

Business association for firms that provide energy efficiency products and services. Group is committed to making New England more energy efficient on both the legislative and regulatory sides.

SWA’s WinterGreen Newsletter

Helpful tips from a very hip, green architecture firm in Norwalk, CT. WinterGreen has a little something for everyone.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

This site sponsored by the non-profit Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, has a neat sustainable yellow pages that allows you to search for products and services within the Northeast region.

Building Commissioning Association

Commissioning is a term often associated with boats and the same holds true for the green building world. It means that all operating systems have been reviewed and documented to a certain standard. Commissioning can take place for both existing and new construction. This site is a good starting place.

CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT

GSA’s Construction Waste Management Database

Here’s a big shout-out for responsible construction waste disposal. The CWMD contains information on companies that haul, collect and process recyclable debris from construction projects. The Database is a free online service for anyone seeking companies.

ENERGY LINKS

For UI Commercial Customers

As the site says, “If you run a small business or work for a big one, you’ll find this section invaluable”. It’s all about incentive-rich programs from UI that make businesses better by maximizing energy efficiency in the workplace.”

For Homes with UI Service

This site is designed to give the homeowner a resource to make your home more energy efficient while not crushing your budget. It has some helpful links.

New Commercial Option – Constellation NewEnergy

Relatively new energy supplier to Connecticut’s commercial energy market. They supply both electricity and natural gas. The web site will answer any questions you and your employees may have regarding their products and services.

For Homes with CL&P Service

The site is very simple but easy to navigate. The tips are very helpful.

For CLP Commercial Customers

If you’re a business customer of CL&P, then this site is for you. It has easy to use resources to help you improve your use and cut costs. Whether you’re a user or want to provide energy services, the site has everything from load management to CL&P’s RFP process.

Buy Clean Energy for Your Home or Small Business

If you really want to be sustainable, switch to CT’s Energy Option. You pay for cleaner sources from wind and small, low-impact hydro power. Also, hopefully your community participates in the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities program. If so, when you switch you are also helping your city or town qualify for a free solar electric system for a public building.

Building Operators Certification (BOC) and NEEP

NEEP is a regional non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good energy policy and practices. The site has some good resources for both homeowners and commercial property owners. Click here for a listing of Connecticut classes.

Learn More About Incentives for Renewable Energy

This site has all the links to finding out about renewable energy resources, regulations and incentives available to CT residents and businesses. These include property tax exemptions, solar grants and rebates and more. A must see.

Energy Star

The U.S Government’s rating system for energy efficient products. You may want to refer to it before you buy such things as building products and appliances.

GREEN BUILDING RESOURCES

Green Building Materials

Find building materials, products, and manufacturers on the McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets Network. Download CAD details, specs and product information.

GREEN LIFESTYLE

Green for Good

Green For Good provides a comprehensive list of green, organic and eco-friendly products and information. Navigate the site following Green Scene to Green Quiz and take the How Green Are You Test.

Ideal Bite

An online source of clever ideas that are good for both people and the planet. Heather and Jen’s goal is to empower their visitors through tips, opinionated editorial and lively interaction. Facts and suggestions on green food, travel, products, services, and more are spoon-fed daily via email.

HELPFUL GREEN LINKS

OurEarth.org

OurEarth.org’s goal is to make it easier for individuals across the country to be environmentally conscious. The website does this by providing the public with information on recycling, energy efficiency, and other environmental considerations.

Great Intro Guide for Homeowners Wanting To Go Green

A great starting point. It’s basically Green Building 101 or Green Building For Dummies. Give credit where credit is due. CT’s Department of Environmental Protection has put together a very helpful resource. There’s also a great materials exchange directory.

Green Progress

Green Progress provides current news and resources on the latest technological advances in alternative energy, green building and sustainable development, transportation and fuel source technology, and environmental protection and preservation.

Organic Land Care

The site, sponsored by Northeast Organic Farmers Association/CT & MA chapters, has a good publication section to assist you in understanding organic lawn care. The books are pretty inexpensive and the contribution goes to a good cause. The site also has a list of accredited organic landscapers.

Recycling in Connecticut

This is a great site produced by the CT Department of Environmental Protection. It covers all things having to do with recycling in Connecticut. Areas such as electronics disposal, household hazardous waste disposal, and buying recycled products.

About Combined Heat and Power

A program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist commercial and municipal property owners with improving energy efficiency by using combined heat and power to increase operational efficiency and decrease energy costs, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to the risks of climate change.

Promoting Sustainable Communities In New England

New England Futures is a marketplace of ideas for the future of New England engaging an open and growing collaboration of citizens, businesses, academia, government, media, foundations and non profits. The goal is to ensure that the region is thriving in the 21st century.

SOLAR ENERGY

CT Solar Energy Programs

Find out about how you can go solar at home. This site provides information on Connecticut’s Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Incentive Program. The program creates certain incentives for users. Find out if solar is for you.

Million Solar Roofs

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, it’s goal is to facilitate the sale and installation of one million “solar roofs” by 2010.

WATER

MDC-Hartford County

Yes, much of central Connecticut knows that the MDC is there to provide potable water and sewage services. Did you know that the MDC also currently handles waste transportation and processing operations associated with the Mid-Connecticut Project.

South Central Regional Water Authority

A non-profit serving around 400,000 consumers in the New Haven area. Follow the ABC H2O link to find out about The Whitney Water Center or Project W.A.T.E.R.. The WWC is an innovative educational center in New Haven where they offer hands-on water science.

Aquarion Water Company

Aquarion’s principal business is public water supply, serving some of New England and parts of New York. On the non-regulated front, the company offers specialty services including engineering consultant services and consumer water line protection plans.

WIND ENERGY

Community Energy and LEED

NewWind Energy® from Community Energy is supplied from newly developed wind resources. New wind turbines are the fastest growing and most cost-effective renewable energy technology, producing electricity with no fuel and no pollution. Learn how you can earn LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design) points for your Green Building certification.

OTHER RESOURCES

U.S. Green Building Council

Everything you want to know about LEED is here. Check in on occasion for LEED updates as new categories are being formed. The site includes PDF templates of forms needed to register a project.

Green Building Initiative – Green Globes

“Practical green building programs” is the calling card of the GBI. They offer a rating system similar to LEED but it is web based and less expensive. Sign up for the free membership to get information about seminars, training and what’s going on in your area.

Connecticut Green Building Council

State association is a resource that offers CT based LEED training classes. The non-profit also holds a series of workshops on green building topics and seminars on green buildings.

Consumer Reports Greener Choices

Did you know that using an efficient dishwasher can actually save more water than washing by hand? Or that buying a no-spill gas container for your lawn equipment can reduce air pollution? Sections on environmentally friendly products.

State Energy Efficiency Policy Index

A site to show how states are promoting energy efficiency through laws and regulations. Check by state or by policy area. Homeowners should look for the Energy Hogs link to see how one could lower energy bills by up to 50% by making some smart energy home improvements.

International Interior Design Association-New England

Members only site for interior designers and interior design students that is a must. Designers are given access to information to support current projects, statistics to back up proposals, and courses to direct their continuing education.

EPA New England

The EPA does a great job on this site of breaking down issues that are relative to Region 1 (New England). One scroll over tab gives the days air quality forecast or click the link for the New England Regional Lab and read all about how it was built.