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Online Platforms and Databases


Digital platform to measure sustainability performance of buildings. Tracks sustainability progress through performance scores. Integrates with Energy Star Portfolio Manager and other industry tools. Can serve as interface for LEED and other rating systems. Basic version is available for free.

2030 Palette

Free interactive online platform the puts the principles and actions behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners and designers worldwide.

DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

Comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

Find Solar
Database of Solar Installers

Green Building Information Gateway

Explore groups of projects or activities associated with a particular product, service, owner, technology, policy, economic partnership, or other common theme.

Turning it Around Fresno County Recycling Resource Directory
Comprehensive directory of 50+ Fresno County Recycling Companies.


AIA Committee on the Environment

Works to advance, disseminate and advocate design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy

ACEEE works to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments and behaviors. It educates through its website and focusses on energy policy, research and outreach.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

Energy & Environmental Building Association

Healthy Building Network
Advocating for Environmental Health and Justice where we work, live and play.

Resource for any light bulb ("lamp") user seeking details on recycling spent mercury-containing lamps.

New Buildings Institute

NBI assesses technologies, promotes design approaches, and helps guide policies and programs that will significantly improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

Rocky Mountain Institute

RMI advances market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewables. 

U.S. Dept of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Comprehensive information about services, renewables, efficiency and transportation.

World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council is a network of national green building councils in more than one hundred countries, making it the world’s largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace.

Green News Sources


Independent publishing company committed to bring unbiased green building information.

Ecobuilding Pulse
A Hanley-Wood Publication with free subscription.

EDC Magazine

EDC provides education for designing, constructing, remodeling, operating and maintaining the sustainable built environment as the official magazine for the LEED professional. 

Green Building

Online source for green building information.

Green Building Community

For Professionals in Green Building and Environmental Systems Technology.

Green Building News
The online source for design, construction, management & operation.

Green Source

Source of information about green buildings for design professionals


Construction Ecology: Nature as the basis for green buildings, Charles J. Kibert, Jan Sendzimir and G. Bradley Guy, Taylor & Francis.

(http://books.google.com/books/about/Construction_Ecology.html?id=-XXagRV... )

Delivering Sustainable Buildings: an industry insider’s view, Mike Malina, Wiley.

(http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405194170.html )

Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification, Ross Spiegel/Dru Meadows, Wiley. (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-047053804X.html )

Handbook of Green Building Design, and Construction, Sam Kubba, Butterworth-Heinemann.

(https://www.elsevier.com/books/handbook-of-green-building-design-and-con... )

Metropolitan sustainability: understanding and improving the urban environment, Frank Zeman, Woodhead Publishing.

(http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780857090461 )

Net Zero Energy Design: A Guide for Commercial Architecture , Thomas Hootman, Wiley. (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118018540.html )

Photovoltaics and Architecture, Randall Thomas and Max Fordham & Partners, Taylor & Francis.

(http://books.google.com/books/about/Photovoltaics_and_Architecture.html?... )

Return on Sustainability: How business can increase profitability and address climate change in an uncertain economy, Kevin Wilhelm, Pearson Education.

(http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Return-Sustainability-Ho... )

Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions, Stephen Coyle, Wiley.

(http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470536470.html )

Sustainable Buildings in Practice: What the Users Think, George Baird, Routledge.

(http://www.amazon.com/Sustainable-Buildings-Practice-Users-Think/dp/0415... )

Sustainable Construction, Sandy Halliday, Butterworth-Heinemann.

(http://books.google.com/books/about/Sustainable_Construction.html?id=tQcpa80CAqIC )

Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, Charles J. Kibert, Wiley. (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470904453.html )

Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design, S. Bry Sarte, Wiley.

(http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470453613.html )

Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and Maintenance, Thomas W. Cook and Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Wiley.

(http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470480939.html )

The integrative design guide to green building: redefining the practice of sustainability, Bill Reed, Wiley. (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470181109.html )

Rural Design: A New Design Discipline, Dewey Thorback, Routledge. (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415593205/


LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all project types.

Each rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of building and project types on their path towards LEED certification. Once a project team chooses a rating system, they’ll use the appropriate credits to guide design and operational decisions.


There are five rating systems that address multiple project types:

  • Building Design and Construction
  • Interior Design and Construction
  • Building Operations and Maintenance
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Homes


LEED can apply to people, too

With new jobs specifying the need for expertise in LEED, you can earn a LEED professional credential to demonstrate your leadership in the field and in-depth knowledge of the LEED rating system and green building strategies.


Find LEED education resources 

Register your project or sign up for LEED exams

Credential maintenance program

How to report your Continuing Education Hours

LEED project directory

To find more resources on green buildings, browse through the various areas of our Learn section.

Presentation Archive

It All Adds Up to Zero - CPUC

Zero Net Energy Here and Now - PG&E

Zero Energy - De Young Properties

Net Zero Energy - UC Merced

Revolutionary Engineering - Integral

Yosemite Community College District Central Services Building: Collaboration as Key Component to Achieving ZNE - Darden Architects, Lawrence Engineering Group

Advanced Energy Communities: Enabling the Customer Centered GRID - Electric Power Research Institute

Zero Net Energy Contributions to Sustainable Buildings - Teter AE

BIM for Sustainable Outcomes - Autodesk

Making Energy Retrofits Easy and Affordable with Commercial PACE Financing - Cleanfund

Renew Financial

Financing Alternatives for Energy Savings and Renewable Energy - NRG

U.S. Small Business Administration Loan Programs and Services - SBA

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