Resources

Please note: this page will always be a work in progress.  It is not a comprehensive list and thus, we add to it/edit it frequently.  If you’d like to suggest a link, please provide it in your comments below.

For schools:

  • Collaborative for High Performance Schools:  a national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools.
  • The Edible Schoolyard: an important teaching institution and model of edible education, that has inspired national and international programs.
  • Green Schools Initiative: working to catalyze and support “green” actions by kids, teachers, parents, and policymakers to reduce the environmental footprint of schools.
  • LEED for Schools: widely recognized as the third-party standard for high performance schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective.

For office buildings:

  • United States Green Building Council: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
  • EnergyStar for Buildings: a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

For cities:

  • Urban Land Institute: an independent global nonprofit that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. 
  • Veggielution: a nonprofit urban farm that engages the community by providing access to healthy and local food, creating leadership opportunities, and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues.
  • Our City Forest: a San José, CA nonprofit that cultivates a green and healthy

    San José metropolis by engaging community members in the

    appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of

    our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest.

For homes:

  • Living Buildings Challenge: a green building certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.
  • Passive House California: represents today’s highest energy standard, with the promise of reducing the energy consumption of buildings by up to 80% while providing superior comfort and air quality — all at minimal additional upfront cost.
  • Build It Green: a membership-supported San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit that works with building and real estate professionals, local and state governments, and homeowners to increase awareness and adoption of green building practices with the mission to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California through outreach and education.

For everything:

  • Buckminster Fuller Institute: dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems.

ThoughtLeaders and Visionaries:

Sustainable Architecture and Community Planning

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Agriculture and Nature Impact

Links galore, copied from sources above, curated by Inspired Labs:

The Art of Simple Food a Chez Panisse cookbook.

Buy From The Farm Canada’s largest listing of farmers’ markets.

City Fruit growing and finding fruit in urban neighborhoods.

Cooperative Grocer food cooperative directory.

Culinate recipes, articles and links on sustainable cooking.

Eat Local Challenge the benefits of eating food grown and produced in the local foodshed.

Eat Well directory of sustainably-raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs.

Eat Wild lists local suppliers for grass-fed meat and dairy products.

Farm Foody social networking as a way of interacting with independent farmers and supporting sustainable agriculture.

Food Routes on average food travels 1,300 miles from the farm to your table, this site offers resources on locally produced food.

Heritage Foods USA mail-order products from small farms.

How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbooks by Mark Bittman.

Just Food sustainable food systems for the New York City region.

Local Harvest nationwide directory of CSAs and other local food sources.

Locavores resources for eating locally.

The Lunch Tray the website of the writer/mom who brought down, so-called “pink slime,” Bettina Elias Siegel.

National Cooperative Grocers Association is a business services cooperative for natural food co-ops.

Om Organics resources on sustainable eating for the Bay Area.

Organic Consumers Association promoting the interests of the nation’s organic consumers.

Seafood Watch how to buy seafood from sustainable sources.

Seafood Choices Alliance make the seafood marketplace environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

Slow Food USA a grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Soil Association the UK’s leading organic organization.

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture a real working farm 30 miles from Manhattan.

Sustainable Table an online directory of sustainable products in the U.S. and Canada, and the Meatrix movies.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service includes a listing of farmers’ markets across the US.

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