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Construction & Demolition

Alternatives to Lumber and Plywood in Home Construction –
American Council for an Energy-efficient Economy. A nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection –
American Solar Energy Society –
Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems –
Center for Resourceful Building Technology –
Clean Washington Center –
Drywall recycling –
Eco-Home Network –
Earthcraft House Program –
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s environmental certification program for homebuilders.
Environmental Building News (EBN) ( is a newsletter on environmentally sustainable design and construction. EBN is a prime resource on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices.
Green Guide for Health Care –
Greenbuilder. Austin’s green building site. Contains sustainable building sourcebook – –
National Association of Home Builders Research Center ­
Contains publications (which can be purchased on-line at e-shop) and information on research projects.
National Center for Appropriate Technology –
National Park Service’s Sustainable Design and Construction Database –
The product listing portion of this database has approximately 1,300 entries from over 550 manufacturers; listings of over 7,000 recyclers of construction debris nationwide; and expanded listings of books, periodicals, organizations, and online (Internet) sources of sustainable information. The database can be searched by manufacturing plant location, CSI division, or product type.  For more information, contact Roberta Bear, National Park Service, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO80225.  Phone (303) 969-2959.
North Carolina Green Building Council –
Contains publications and products directory
Oikos Green Building Sources – Green Building News –
Contains books, videos, and software. Has database of “environmentally preferable” or “green” building products.
Renewable Energy Policy Project-
Rocky Mountain Institute –
Smart Growth –
Solar Energy International –
US Department of Energy –
US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Deconstruction Guide –
US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste ­ Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines –
Outlines Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG), which designate recycled content items and recommend purchasing practices for agencies using Federal funds. Includes Recovered Material Advisory Notices (RMAN), which recommend recycled-content levels for CPG designated items. Provides product information, supplier lists, and case studies.
Management of lead-based paint by residential contractors and remodelers –
US Green Building Council  –
Includes information on LEED ranking program for assessing green building techniques.
Vermont Building for Social Responsibility –

Sample Statements of Work
Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center –
Contains construction and demolition information.
Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE): –
This site contains a wealth of environmental information including resources on sustainable construction and sample statements of work.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory –
Provides federal technology alerts with a focus on energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy.
Software: Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability –
Software: U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) System –
Green building rating system.
The Sourcebook for Sustainable Design, 1992-
This directory of environmentally responsible materials and processes contains listings of over 100 recycled products used in construction applications. Sorted by CSI division. To order, contact the Boston Society of Architects, 52 Broad Street, Boston, MA  02109-4301. Phone 617 951-1433.
California Integrated Waste Management Board ­ C&D Publications –
Also contains good links to other C&D sites.


For recycling and waste exchange links, visit the Recycling Links page of this website.

Health Care

American Hospital Association/ American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services for the AHA (ASHES) –
Georgia Hospital Association –
Pharmacy Mall –
Green Guide for Health Care –
Healthcare Without Harm –
Hospitals for A Healthy Environment –
Joint initiative between EPA and American Hospital Association (AHA)
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) –
Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO) –
Information on items used in hospitals that contain mercury.
National Wildlife Federation’s mercury page –
US EPA’s mercury site –
US EPA’s Medical Waste Site  –
Wheelchair Recycling Program –

Hotels – The International Ecotourism Society provides information on the importance of your travel choices, provides business, research and conservation information for Eco-Professionals, and other ecotourism training and educational information. – Green Hotels Association works to encourage, promote, and support ecological consciousness in the hotel industry.  Site includes lists of member hotels, educational resources, and marketing materials. – The Green Restaurant Association helps restaurants and their customers improve their environmental impact in convenient ways. Participating restaurants are listed also. – The American Hotel & Motel Association is a federation of state lodging associations throughout the United States, and its site offers current information about issues relevant to the lodging industry. – As a key programme of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), the Tourism Partnership drives the responsible tourism business agenda. Together with its members of leading global travel and tourism companies, the Tourism Partnership assists the industry to make a valuable contribution to the countries and cultures in which they operate, to their customers, their shareholders and future generations. – National Restaurant Association site provides news alerts, updates regarding legislation relevant to the industry, links to state affiliates, and other educational materials. – Green Education Center provides resources and certification information for green commercial kitchen operations. – Project Planet is a Linens and Towels Re-Use Environmental programs for the hospitality industry, supported by U.S. EPA and the AHMA.  This site provides information about the programs, sample products, and pricing information. – Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Atlanta’s Table program. Atlanta’s Table serves Atlanta’s hospitality industry by picking up excess prepared food from hotels, restaurants, caterers and other dining rooms, for delivery to area food bank agencies. – The Waste Reduction Resource Center (WRRC) provides technical Pollution Prevention (P2) support to the states in EPA Region III and EPA Region IV.  Site provides a searchable index of over 13,000 technical articles, fact sheets, and case studies about waste reduction technologies.Much of this information is presented by industry sector – “Hotels” and “Restaurants” have industry sector pages.
For a more comprehensive list of some of the most useful resources available on hospital waste reduction, visit the Waste Reduction Resource Center’s Hospital Industry Sector Web Page.

Schools & Universities

College and University Recycling Council –
This is the home page for NRC’s technical council focusing on college and university recycling.Contains waste minimization information, list of upcoming events, college and university profiles, archive of responses to recycling questions, and procurement information including vendors and joint procurement opportunities.
The National Pollution Prevention Center (NPPC) for Higher Education
( actively collects, develops, and disseminates pollution prevention educational materials.
State of Pennsylvania’s School Recycling Information –
Contains checklist for starting school recycling program, video clip, publications, and tip sheets including information on how to conduct a waste audit.
California Integrated Waste Management Board’s Schools Home Page-
Contains waste reduction and recycling information for schools.  Resources include curriculum, tip/fact sheets, and publications.Even has information on waste reduction tips for teacher’s lounge and special events.
Waste Prevention World –
Contains clip art and links to other resources.
NAPCOR ­ National Association of PET Container Recycling –
Contains resources on starting PET recycling program, technical information, clip art, and promotional materials.
Contains teacher’s guide to glass container recycling.

Other Sites

Solid ( is an online business-to-business community that serves the specific needs and interests of solid waste professionals.
The Green Guide on Trimming Your Office Waste ( has many practical tips on reducing and recycling office waste.
GreenLink ( is a national compliance assistance center for automotive service and repair shops. The site has a wealth of pollution prevention information including fact sheets, education and training resources, and information on environmental products and services.
The Life Cycle of a CD/DVD ( This poster produced by EPA contains information on the environmental impacts of CDs/DVDs