Green / Local Links

Green Resources A whole range of resources are available for learning about green design and building, energy efficiency, and leading a sustainable lifestyle. Browse the resources below for a sampling of organizations, publications, government agencies, and others which offer advice on navigating the green landscape.
Local Green Resources

Santa Barbara Links:

Local Rebates:
Incentives and Rebates for Your Home
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas

Flex Your PowerCalifornia Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
LOCAL
45 Ways to Green the Not-So-New House
South Coast Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP)
The South Coast Energy Efficiency Partnership seeks to make the south coast region of Santa Barbara County a progressive leader in energy efficiency.
Community Environmental Council
The Community Enviromental Coucil’s mission is to provide local solutions to global climate change.
Built Green Santa Barbara
Built Green Santa Barbara was created by the Santa Barbara Contractor’s Association and offers a rating system for green home remodels and new commercial construction
Sustainable Santa Barbara
Information provided by the City of Santa Barbara on waste prevention, water quality, conservation and habitat restoration and climate protection.
County of Santa Barbara Innovative Review Committee
The County of Santa Barbara Innovative Review Committee offers incentives for residents and businesses in the county to build green.
Fossil Free by 33
Challenging the tri-county region to set an example for our nation and the world by ending its dependence on fossil fuels — primarily oil and coal — and meeting its needs through conservation and renewable resources, such as solar, wind and wave energy.
STATE
California Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Find incentives for renewables and efficiency for your home/business.
Flex Your Power
Find rebates and services in your zip code.
Building Green
Building Green offers information designed to help improve the enviromental performance of buildings.
FEDERAL
Architecture 2030
The goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the global-warming-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
United States Green Building Council
US Green Building Council provides the most widely used rating system for green buildings: Leadership in Energy & Enviromental Design (LEED)
The Green Home Guide
Information on green building and green remodeling for homes and resources for living green.
Oikos
Oikos, which is the Greek word for “home”, is devoted to serving professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and contruction.
The Enviromental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program
The Energy Star program certifies various prodeucts and even whole houses that are more energy efficient than the standard.

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