Organizations, Tools, Readings, and Databases

Green Organizations

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities


This organization’s mission is to create green schools for everyone within this generation.

The Center for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play. Everyone, from the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, should have the ability to learn in green buildings. The Center works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments.


President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens — leveraging their expertise, resources, and passions — to turn good intentions into measurable results.

Clinton Foundation has established separate initiatives each with a distinct mission but all reflecting President Clinton’s founding vision: to implement sustainable programs that improve access worldwide to investment, opportunity, and lifesaving services now and for future generations. Working in diverse geographic regions and responding to local needs, the initiatives address targeted challenges in the Foundation’s key areas of focus: economic inequality, climate change, global health, and childhood obesity.


The Green Affordable Housing Coalition is a national action network that fosters collaboration and advocates for the development and preservation of green affordable housing.

The Coalition is a platform through which member organizations can disseminate information, discuss details of key policy proposals and organize outreach and advocacy efforts. Certain activities (such as outreach campaigns and sign-on letters) related to specific legislative and regulatory initiatives reflect the positions of the organizations that explicitly endorse those activities, rather than the official position of the Coalition as a whole.


The Real Estate Network for Energy and Climate Policy is facilitated by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council. This network consists of real estate professionals who support comprehensive clean energy and climate policies that advance building and location efficiency. Investments in building efficiency retrofits can simultaneously address the challenges of economic recovery, energy security, and global warming. RENECP’s mission is to lay the foundation for sustained growth, drive demand in the construction and manufacturing sectors, and create good jobs across the country.


AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.


Established in response to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), the Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC) is a public/private consortium of commercial building stakeholders working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to develop and deliver technology, policies, and practices to achieve sector-wide market transformation. Consortium members work with DOE to help achieve near-term results while charting a path to the EISA long-term goals for net-zero commercial buildings by capturing market feedback on key barriers, identifying innovative strategies and successful approaches; facilitating information and knowledge transfer among stakeholders; and helping to bridge the space between federal policy and programs on the one hand, and a range of industry, state, local, and utility initiatives on the other.


NAHB educates its members and the home building industry as a whole about green building practices. NAHBGreen helps prepare the industry for the increasing interest in sustainable construction by educating and credentialing building professionals, developing measurements for green building, and advocating at the national level for credible, voluntary, and market-sensitive green building initiatives and assists state and local home building associations with such efforts.


The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is a non-profit, member-driven association for professionals who are committed to making sustainability standard practice. Members share resources and best practices, and develop themselves professionally. Special reports, salary surveys, and the knowledge competency study are just a sampling of the rich content offered members. ISSP is the premier global professional association supporting sustainability practitioners for research, resources, professional development, and networking.


Established by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Green REsource Council was founded to make the knowledge of green real estate practices available to everyone. The organization accomplishes this by focusing our attention on providing sustainable education to real estate agents; the link to millions of home buyers, sellers and builders. Its mission is to make the knowledge of green real estate practices available to everyone and to encourage our industry to produce more sustainable new and existing homes. Buildings consume more energy than anything else in the United States. By providing the community with the information they need to reduce consumption and implement sustainable practices, Green REsource Council seeks to make a significant impact on the world.


Sustainability Roundtable Inc (SR Inc) is a private research and consulting company based in Cambridge, MA. SR Inc’s mission is to accelerate the development and adoption of best practices in more sustainable business. Through SR Inc’s flagship Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable (SBER) service, SR Inc advises a growing number of the companies leading the global move to more sustainable real estate. SR Inc provides Member companies with year-round, unmetered, consulting related to SR Inc’s shared research and conferencing on management best practices in greater sustainability.


GBIG is a global innovation platform for exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment. GBIG provides insights that enable better buildings and communities. ‘How green is it?’ is now an analytical question.


CABA is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies.


  • Energy Efficiency Building Hub

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established in Philadelphia by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) on February 1, 2011 with a unique dual mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings—literally re-energizing them for the future—and promoting regional economic growth and job creation from our headquarters in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic redevelopment opportunities.



International Organizations

Construction21 is a collaborative platform dedicated to all professionals active in the sustainable building sector. You can exchange information and feedback, develop your network and engage in the thematic communities. Access to the Website is totally free and content is created by users and moderated by recognized experts.

The International Living Future InstituteTM is a hub for visionary programs. We administer the Living Building ChallengeTM, the built environment’s most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. We are the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council, a chapter of both the United States and Canada Green Building Councils that serves Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. We are also home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement’s pioneering thinkers and practitioners.


It is an Energy Service Company (ESCO), accredited by Energy Sustainability Unit from University of Singapore. We engaged with 3 Key Qualified Personnel (KQP)of twenty-over KQP in Singapore with numerous experiences from their past projects and a team of highly motivated data acquisition specialists. Its team members had conducted many energy and mechanical, and electrical system audits on buildings in Kazakhstan, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, and other countries in Asia.

Its Sustainable Association page provides resources to the International Organizations concerned with sustainable practices.


Headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, GRESB is an industry-led organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios (public, private and direct) around the globe. The dynamic benchmark is used by institutional investors to engage with their investments with the aim to improve the sustainability performance of their investment portfolio, and the global property sector at large.


Founded in 1974, NESEA is today the region’s leading membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. It advances the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Headquartered in Greenfield, MA, NESEA operates primarily in the northeastern United States—the six New England states plus New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The organization increasingly reaches out to share ideas nationally and internationally. It has collaborated with the German Consulate and the Upper Austria Trade Commission to bring cutting-edge products and information from Europe to its annual BuildingEnergy conference and trade show.


The International Sustainability Alliance (ISA) is a global network of leading corporate occupiers, property investors, developers and owners.  Its aim is to bring together a worldwide membership of leading commercial organisations with substantial property interests, dedicated to achieving higher sustainability in the built environment.


Green Rating is a sustainability audit tool for existing buildings with internationally comparable criteria to assess performance and provide recommendations for improvement.

Going Green at Home

Girl Scout works hard to GO GREEN in Central Texas

Resources By Topic

Proving up the value create by building energy/sustainability retrofits remains one of the most important impediments to scaling up investment.  In fact, a 2012 survey of 370 of the leadership of the Urban Land Institute found the lack of demonstrated value was the leading impediment to greater adoption of building sustainability and that proving up value at the property level would be the most important intervention.

In “How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value for Owner-Occupants” we demonstrate how including all the benefits of a Deep Retrofit with 50% energy savings moves the Net Present Value from a negative $ 2.25 million, when only energy cost savings are evaluated, to a positive $3.4 to $16.8 million.  Simple rate of return moves from 7.5% to a range of 25% to 50%, well exceeding most corporate equity hurdle rates.

Most importantly, the practice guide does not just prove up the economics of a single property deep retrofit, but provides a detailed step by step methodology for completing the analysis, providing motivated organizations with a roadmap to modifying their current retrofit decision-making processes at both a property and portfolio level to both improve profitability and meet societal goals for building performance.   A free copy of the report can be downloaded.

In the companion practice guide for Investors released in April 2015–“ How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value for Investors”–the financial results are no less impressive, with the net present value from a deep retrofit on a 370,000 square foot multi-tenanted office building with energy savings of 50% moving from a negative $10 million, when only energy cost savings are included, to a positive $16 million.  Internal rates of return also moved from a negative 16% to a positive 20%—substantially exceeding most investor equity hurdle rates.

This practice guide also provides a detailed step by step methodology on how to analyze and perform the calculations that can serve as a roadmap for making modifications to retrofit and new building sustainability investment decisions.  A free copy of the report can be downloaded.

Green Databases

Designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining buildings involves large amounts of energy, water, and other resources and creates significant amounts of waste. The building process also impacts the environment and ecosystem surrounding the building site. Even after buildings are constructed, occupants and building managers face a host of challenges as they try to maintain a healthy, efficient, and productive work environment. EPA addresses these challenges by promoting energy and resource efficiency, waste reduction and pollution prevention practices, indoor air quality standards, and other environmental initiatives for both new construction and existing buildings.

DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, federal, local, and utility incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.

The WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action.

Green Building Newsletter Sources is dedicated to providing the most useful, accurate, and complete information about designing, building, and remodeling energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthy homes.


The leading publication on sustainable design and construction since 1992.


GreenSource is developed with a process similar to the integrated design process undertaken for sustainable buildings. Our collaborative team members meet to brainstorm and debate about ideas and projects worthy of occupying the pages of the magazine and page views of the Web site. The McGraw-Hill team has the active participation of four of Architectural Record’s editors. In addition, our editorial partners BuildingGreen have nearly two decades of experience publishing Environmental Building News and the GreenSpec Directory. Between us, we have decades of experience as practitioners in the fields of building design, not to mention publishing. We’re all backed by McGraw-Hill’s sales and production staff. Although BuildingGreen is located in Vermont and Architectural Record is in New York, we meet in person at least six times a year to evaluate projects, lay out articles, and discuss where GreenSource needs to go next.


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 62 member States, with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population. This makes ESCAP the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions, and the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600 staff.


Sustainability Roundtable Inc (SR Inc) is the leader in management best practices for more sustainable business. SR Inc is a private, mission driven, research and consulting firm dedicated to accelerating the development and adoption of best practices in more sustainable business. SR Inc provides shared-cost research and consulting on management best practices to corporate and government executives responsible for optimizing large budgets.


AASHE offers four e-newsletters described below.  All newsletters are free. To subscribe to any or all newsletters, begin by entering your email address in the “subscribe” field in the right-side navigation bar.

Green Product Review List

Sustainable Measures Standards

Here we have a discussion on the need for standardization, transparency and perhaps a consolidation among the various over-lapping benchmarks that Directors of Sustainability feel compelled to consider.  These include carbon reporting, LEED, BREEAM, CDP, DJSI, Energy Star, corporate sustainability, supply chain monitoring, and more that are now overwhelming the market, not to mention the various local government reporting requirements.


GRI’s website is a hub for sustainability and reporting information, answering questions about why and how to report and providing guidance to companies and other organizations worldwide.


The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organization working to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable water use by business and cities.


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market­-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.


ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance is a worldwide alliance of real estate owners, investors, financial institutions and other industry stakeholders committed to reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry.


Green Globe is the global travel and tourism industries’ certification program for sustainable tourism. Green Globe Members save energy and water resources, reduce operational costs, positively contribute to local communities and their environment and meet the high expectations of green leisure and business travelers.


BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 200,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and around a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.


GRI’s website is a hub for sustainability and reporting information, answering questions about why and how to report and providing guidance to companies and other organizations worldwide.


The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions.


Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency


Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.


The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices.