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This page contains links to organizations that are useful resources for colleges and universities interested in learning more about green building and other sustainable practices. The organizations are separated into the following categories:

HIGHER EDUCATION

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Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA)

Serves and assists facilities officers and physical plant administrators in colleges, universities, and other educational institutions throughout the U.S.

New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)

NEBHE promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England creating sound educational policies and regional cooperation to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being of New England.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

A community of planners who serve higher education, which supports all functional areas involved in planning - from academics to facilities, from administrative and financial operations to student life, and from the campus architects to those hired to support the institution’s many planning projects.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) UNCF provides operating funds and technology enhancement services for 39 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions, and faculty and administrative professional training.
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) NACUBO advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions in fulfillment of their academic missions
American Indian College Fund (AICF) AICF disburses approximately 5,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. As part of its support of the tribal colleges, AICF also provides support for other needs at the schools ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities.
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges. AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media.

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) AASCU promotes appreciation and support for public higher; analyzes public policy and advocates for member institutions; strengthens academic quality, promote access and inclusion, and facilitate educational innovation; and creates professional development opportunities for institutional leaders and their spouses.
American College Personnel Association (ACPA) ACPA supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) AAC&U is committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regaruless of academic specialization or intended career. AAC&U works to make the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.

SUSTAINABILITY

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U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) A non-profit organization composed of leaders from across the building industry working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBC’s vision is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) An association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

RMI is a nonprofit that works extensively with the private sector, as well as with civil society and government, to create abundance by design and to apply the framework of Natural Capitalism.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) EERE works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships.
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) ACORE works to bring all forms of renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy and lifestyle by convening private, government and educational sector leaders, publishing collaborative research and facilitating communications among members, their stakeholders and the media.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) NRDC is an environmental action organization that uses law, science and the support of members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
Second Nature

Second Nature is a Boston-based national non-profit organization that works to accelerate movement towards a sustainable future by helping senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.

Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations and partners with businesses, government and communities.

Global Footprint Network

Global Footprint Network is an international think tank working to advance sustainability through use of the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use and who uses what.

EXPERTISE

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American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC) The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America's engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,500 firms throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation's economy, and enhance and safeguard America's quality of life.
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) ASHRAE’s mission is to advance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (ASME) ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that promotes the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences throughout the world. The core values of ASME are rooted in its mission to better enable mechanical engineering practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES) The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation's leading nonprofit association of solar professionals & grassroots advocates. Our mission is to speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. ASES advances education, research and policy, inspiring the nation to go solar.
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) The mission of AEE is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development.” AEE offers a full array of informational outreach programs including seminars (live and internet based), conferences, journals, books, and certification programs.
Association of Energy Service Professionals International (AESP) AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Our members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms.
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) NSPE keeps its members in touch with the latest in their field through respected publications and information resources, opportunities for mentoring and continuing education, and through a national conference and meetings, where members can meet and share ideas with colleagues.
National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) The National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) is a tribal air quality organization dedicated to insuring that Tribes themselves set priorities and determine mechanisms for interacting with other governments on air issues.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) A private, nonprofit organization that nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment.

STATE AND REGIONAL

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Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate.
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation.
New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) NYSERDA’s programs and services provide a vehicle for the State to work collaboratively with businesses, academia, industry, the federal government, environmental community, public interest groups, and energy market participants.
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 whose mission is to promote the efficient use of energy in homes, buildings and industry in the Northeast United States.
Northwest Building Efficiency Center The Northwest Building Efficiency Center delivers information on energy efficient technologies to builders, code officials, public building managers and other building professionals so they can significantly reduce energy use in the region.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a partnership among our region's leaders in energy efficiency with the mission to drive the development and adoption of energy-efficient products and services. Working together through NEEA, utilities have a greater influence and lasting impact on the marketplace, helping them reach their energy savings goals.
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance promotes energy efficiency for a cleaner environment, a more prosperous economy, and a higher quality of life in the Southeastern region of the United States.
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a public interest organization promoting greater energy efficiency in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. This is a high growth region where energy efficiency efforts have been lagging compared to some other regions
Southern Energy Efficiency Center The SEEC team is led by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in partnership with the Southface Energy Institute (Southface) and the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) at Texas A&M University. These three principals represent the most knowledgeable and experienced building energy efficiency institutions and building science expertise in the South, having extensive experience in both commercial and residential buildings.
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) The Northeast’s leading organization of professionals working in sustainable energy, whole systems thinking and green technologies.