IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
Bridging the Gap (www.bridgingthegap.org) : Yes, we like trees a lot; but it's community that we hug. We work to unite business, government and individuals in a way that benefits us all and preserves our natural resources for generations to come. We seek ways to protect our environment, while balancing economic impact and bettering community. We educate through action. We don't just talk, we do.
Elmwood Reclaimed Timber (www.elmwoodreclaimedtimber.com) : Actually, we do make it like they used to. Reclaimed Wood and Stone Products, ready for another 100 years!
Greenability Magazine (www.greenabilitymagazine.com) : Greenability magazine is a new, bi-monthly publication designed to help you discover "green" lifestyle alternatives for everyday living in Kansas City. What’s a “green” choice? Learn about local options for sustainable living for your home, work and family. Whether you’ve been making healthy environmental choices for years, or are just now looking for some easy alternatives for greener living, Greenability is your local source for news, events, resources, products and ideas.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Kansas City (www.restorekc.org) : Save your money, neighborhood, community and the earth! Habitat ReStore is the place Kansas City area homeowners get quality construction materials at bargain prices. Well kept homes make safer neighborhoods. Your contributions to Habitat ReStore means materials are kept in use instead of thrown into the landfill. Donate materials to ReStore and avoid hauling costs, plus receive a tax deduction.
Heartland Green Sheets (www.heartlandgreensheets.org) : A website to promote professional education about recycled-content building products in the American Heartland.
Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (www.HUEE.org) : Your midwest utilities have joined together to educate consumers on how to save energy. HUEE is one of the only local utilities collaborative in the nation working together on residential energy efficiency issues. We are not selling you anything. We are not hosting seminars. We don’t even want you to join anything. We must fight the battle together, and we are here to show you how. (**This site has great links, too!**)
Metropolitan Energy Center (www.kcenergy.org) : The mission of the Metropolitan Energy Center is to help create resource efficiency, environmental health and economic vitality in the Kansas City region.
Mid-America Regional Council (www.marc.org) : The Mid-America Regional Council, commonly referred to as MARC, serves as the association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. MARC seeks to build a stronger regional community through cooperation, leadership and planning. Through MARC’s leadership, area jurisdictions and diverse community interests sit down together to address the region’s problems and identify the opportunities for cooperative solutions. These efforts, in turn, enhance the effectiveness of local government.
Straw Sticks & Bricks (www.strawsticksandbricks.com) : Your source for green building materials and sustainable lifestyle products.
USGBC - Greater Kansas City Chapter (www.usgbckansascity.org) : USGBC’s Greater Kansas City Chapter is dedicated to integrating sound business practices and environmentally-responsible design, development and construction within the local building industry.
Univ Of MO-Columbia, Department of Environmental Science (extension.missouri.edu/edninfo/sustain.htm) : Green Architecture and Sustainable Living Listing of Resources.
OUTSIDE THE KANSAS CITY AREA
Built Green Colorado (www.builtgreen.org) : Introduced in 1995, Built Green Colorado was created through the joint efforts of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), The Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC), Xcel Energy, and E-Star Colorado.
EcoChoices Natural Living Store (www.ecochoices.com) : Create a home that is beautiful, natural and a safe environment for you and your family's enjoyment. The best earth-friendly products available at the lowest prices possible without lowering the quality of the products. Shop more than ten web sites with one shopping cart!
Energy Federation Incorporated (www.efi.org) : We believe it is essential to encourage environmentally benign and sustainable use of our planet's limited energy and water resources. Through the distribution of resource conserving products and the provision of objective, accurate information, we strive to assist people in their efforts to use energy and water efficiently.
EnviroLink (www.envirolink.org) : The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.
GreenHomeBuilding.com (www.greenhomebuilding.com) : Where you can find a wide range of information about sustainable architecture and natural building.
Healthy House Reference Manual from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/NCEH/publications/books/housing/housing.htm)
Residential Energy Services Network (www.natresnet.org) : The Residential Energy Services Network's (RESNET) mission is to ensure the success of the building energy performance certification industry, set the standards of quality, and increase the opportunity for ownership of high performance buildings. RESNET is a membership 501-C-3 non profit organization.
OTHER INTERESTING RESOURCES
Barn Plans (www.barnplans.com) : Offers a line of simple, concise and easy to read blueprints designed with the owner/builder in mind. Both barns and homes can be made from these plans.
Eco-Structure Magazine (www.eco-structure.com)
Ultimate Home Design Magazine (www.ultimatehomedesign.com)
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