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Do you want to know more
about sustainable research,
opportunities, and design?
If so, please consider checking
out the websites below.
Earth Day Network Ecological Footprint Calculator
This could be YOUR wake-up call! This is a great short quiz designed by Redefining Progress that establishes your ecological footprint in acres. Once you get your results, it offers you a chance to explore how you might adjust your lifestyle to reduce your footprint. It also tells you how many planets we'd need if everybody lived like you - and provides the acreage available for balanced living among all humans on this single planet. Please take this quiz and seriously consider your results.
Link to the Footprint website for more information!
Alternate Ecological Footprint Calculators
Redefining Progress (variation of their work above)
http://www.redefiningprogress.org/programs/sustainability/ef/quiz/food.html

Redefining Progress (has a downloadable Excel spreadsheet with very detailed information to evaluate your household footprint)
http://www.rprogress.org/programs/sustainability/ef/ef_household_0203.xls

Best Foot Forward (interesting graphic of planets needed changes with each response)
http://www.bestfootforward.com/footprintlife.htm

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
"Mission Statement
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nationís foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

What is the U.S. Green Building Council?
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is leading a national consensus for producing a new generation of buildings that deliver high performance inside and out. Council members work together to develop LEEDô products and resources, the Greenbuild annual International Conference and Expo, policy guidance, and educational and marketing tools that support the adoption of sustainable building. Members also forge strategic alliances with key industry and research organizations and federal, state and local government agencies to transform the built environment."

Link to USGBC website for more information!
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
"LEED Green Building Rating Systemô
Developed by the USGBC membership, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDô) Green Building Rating System is a national consensus-based, market-driven building rating system designed to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices. In short, it is a leading-edge system for designing, constructing and certifying the worldís greenest and best buildings. The full program offers training workshops, professional accreditation, resource support and third-party certification of building performance. The current version of the rating system, LEED 2.0, was launched in March 2000 following review by the entire USGBC membership and a national pilot testing program. LEED 2.0 is designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings; however, active member committees are developing criteria addressing new project types. Detailed information about building certification and resources is available on the LEED Homepage. See below for information about LEED development committees."
Link to LEED website for more information!
Environmental Building News (EBN)
"Our articles, reviews, and news stories are a prime resource on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices. We are adding new material all the time, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often.

Environmental Building News is supported solely by subscriptions to the newsletter and sale of its associated products. We carry no outside advertising. If you appreciate the information available here, please subscribe to EBN."

Link to EBN website for more information!
United States Department of Energy
US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy and Renewable Energy... "bringing you a prosperous future where energy is clean, abundant, reliable, and affordable."
Link to US DOE website for more information!
United States Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN)
US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY brings you EREN Smart Communities Network. Review specific topics, grant opportunities, upocoming events and so on.
Link to EREN website for more information!
Oikos Green Building Source
Oikos has a number of their own recommended links here. While you're there, you may as well check out their main site: http://oikos.com/(this is not the same as the hyperlink below).
Link to Oikos website for more information!
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
"Founded in 1978, the purpose of this non-profit association is to participate in creating a sustainable energy future in North Carolina through the promotion of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, micro-hydro, geothermal, biofuels and energy efficiency.

We are North Carolina's leading educators and advocates for a sustainable energy future through renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, micro-hydro, geothermal, biofuels and energy efficiency. We are the NC chapter of the American Solar Energy Society."

Link to NCSEA website for more information!
North Carolina Solar Center
"Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels. By capitalizing on its close ties with the state government of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, the renewable energy industry, and various non-profit organizations, the Solar Center has developed into one of the premier renewable energy centers in the United States."

In addition to the hyperlink below, visit: http://www.sustainable.doe.gov/success/nc_solar_center.shtml

Link to NCSC website for more information!
Advanced Energy Corporation
AEC is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"We are a non-profit corporation that helps utility, industrial and residential customers improve the return on their energy investment. Offering consulting, testing, and training, we develop innovative solutions to unique problems.

The primary mission of Advanced Energy is to increase efficiency and productivity in industries, businesses, and homes as they transform energy into goods, services, and environmental conditioning."

Link to AEC website for more information!
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