Learn More: The Built Environment

Resources on Green Building, Green Businesses, and Lighting

A Local Government Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development

March 2011 edition. From the U.S. Green Building Council.

Green Building Council

“The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.” Learn about green building here. 

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods

“A new tool for rapidly greening the built environment.” “A consortium of more than 20 local governments, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and utilities have produced the first phase of the Playbook to help promote the goals set out in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.”

Construction Techniques for Building Around Trees
“Tree preservation techniques for use during construction projects intended to assist the designer and developer with preserving trees and integrating land development activities with existing trees.”

Green Businesses in Prince George’s County
http://communityforklift.com/links.cfm
Deconstruction services, green building supply, more.

The Sustainable Sites Initiative
http://www.sustainablesites.org/
“The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.” Includes The Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks – Draft 2008. 

The Dark Sky Society

Web site on light pollution offers resources on lighting ordinances, manufacturers and distributors of non-polluting lights, and a lighting cost calculator. See also the International Dark Sky Association.