Possible Green Build projects
Hosting a speaker
Have a speaker from a local utility company, architecture group or sustainable building organization speak to the class about ways that homes can be more energy efficient.
- Create a presentation about green building using the information you have been given. Give the presentation to your class, school, etc.
- Research a bill that supports green building and write a letter to the congress person that represents that area.
- Research other green build techniques and come up with a new checklist.
Green Build project resources
Check out the following links for ideas on possible projects you can do with your class or youth group!
- “Habitat for Humanity International – Construction & Environmental Resources.”
http://www.habitat.org/env/ Habitat for Humanity International’s public link to the Housing and Human Settlements department’s construction information.
- “Energy Star.” http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps Americans save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
- “Global Green.” http://www.globalgreen.org/gbrc/whygreen.htm
The U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, focusing on creating a sustainable future.
- “LEED.” http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147
The U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
- General Public—Agencies, programs & reports
Affordable Housing Design Advisor. http://www.designadvisor.org/ Affordable green rehabbing.
- American Lung Association Health House. http://www.healthhouse.org/
Avoid toxic materials, particularly for indoors.
- “Architecture 2030.” http://architecture2030.com/home.html
The 2030 Challenge on global warming.
- “Energy Efficiency Fact Sheets.” http://www.southface.org/web/resources%26services/publications/factsheets/sf_factsheet-menu.htm
Southface, a longtime Habitat partner, offers a fact sheet on energy efficiency as part of its services as a nonprofit focused on environmental education.
- “Global Footprint Network.”
According to the Global Footprint Network, humanity’s overall ecological impact is 23 percent larger than what the planet can regenerate. Go to www.footprintnetwork.org take a quiz that determines your own personal ecological footprint.
- Solar Energy International. http://www.solarenergy.org/
Workshops on building your own solar systems and other methods.
- “U.S. Department of Energy.” http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/
Building America program – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
- “U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/
EPA Indoor Air Quality site.
- “U.S. Green Building Council.” http://www.usgbc.org/
Featuring the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green-building rating system.
Green Building/Building Science conferences & training events
http://www.westcoastgreen.com/ West Coast Green – Every September. Habitat-friendly.
http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/ Green Build Expo – Every November.
http://www.nahb.org/greenbuildingconference/ NAHB Green Builder’s Show – Every spring.
http://www.buildingenergy.nesea.org/ (NESEA) Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
http://cnu.org/cnuxv/ Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)– Workshops, networking and policy discussions. Urban sustainable development practices.
http://www.newurbanism.org/eventsplaces.html New Urbanism – Events around the U.S. on design/architecture, planning and development
http://www.solarenergy.org/ Solar Energy International – Hands-on training workshops on solar systems to straw bale and wind power. Also have workshops just for women.
http://www.affordablecomfort.org/ Affordable Comfort – Every April. Building science. Habitat-friendly. May provide discounts.
http://www.eeba.org/ (EEBA) Energy and Environmental Building Association – Every October. Building science. Habitat-friendly. May provide discounts.
http://www.nw.org/network/training/programs/cpm.asp NeighborWorks America– Provides resources and training around the U.S. on quality affordable housing.