Sustainable Building and Planning

Austin Energy Green Builder Program
The City of Austin created the nation’s first green building program in 1990. Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) is now the nation's most successful sustainable building program. AEGB encourages Central Texans to design and construct more sustainable homes and buildings. Our mission: To lead the transformation of the building industry to a sustainable future.

Buckminster Fuller Challenge
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual international design Challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems. Named "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award" by Metropolis Magazine, it attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world's complex problems.

This site provides a green building resource guide, with a host of environmentally-friendly building tactics that maximize efficiency, use resources to their full potential, and save money.

Building Reserach Establishment (BRE)
BRE is the leading green building institution in the UK. BRE is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organization, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries. We help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and we support the innovation needed to achieve this.

Builders Without Borders
BWB is an international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable materials in construction. We believe that the solution to homelessness is not merely housing, but individuals and communities trained to house themselves.

Cohousing Association
The mission of the Cohousing Association of the United States (CoHo/US) is to promote the awareness and development of cohousing and to provide sustenance to existing cohousing communities in the U.S.

Ecological Building Network
EBNet promotes, fosters, and catalyzes the transformation of buidling to favor intelligent design, clean energy, and healthy materials. In January of 2010, more than a hundred of the world’s leading innovators gathered for the first Build Well Symposium at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California. The excitement generated there revealed the need for deep green leaders to meet and spend time together in an intimate venue. The Build Well Symposium will recur every two years (next one in early 2012), and has spawned the launch of the online Build Well Forum.

EarthFlow Design Works
Certificate courses for design professionals, land managers and homeowners are offered throughout the year. EarthFlow specializes in Eco-Urban design and sustainable land use planning.

Fellowship for Intentional Community
The Fellowship for Intentional Community nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. We provide publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, and people seeking a home in community.

Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (FEASTA)

FEASTA aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.

Foundation for Sustainable Living
The Foundation of Sustainable Living (FOSL) is a non-profit organization whose specific purposes are to teach, preserve, and expand knowledge about, and the implementation of sustainable living, within nature's bounty, in socially harmonious communities. A legal inheritable use of the land model is being designed as a Land Trust that will enable members to have equity, equal voice, and buy/sell/inherit shares in the community. The Foundation will manage the funds for buying land in different regions, for funding Community Supported Agriculture, Community Supported Sustainable Manufacturing & Businesses as well as Educational and Service Organizations.

Gaia Trust Eco-Villages
Gaia Trust is a Danish-based charitable association founded in 1987 on the initiative of Ross and Hildur Jackson, with the intention of supporting the transition to a sustainable and more spiritual future society through grants and proactive initiatives.

Global EcoVillage Network
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide. People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.

Green America
Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. (We went by the name "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009.) The  mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. We work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.

Green Century Institute
With an overarching mission of "evolving sustainable communities," the Green Century Institute (GCI) was established in 2002 as an independent research and development association.  GCI develops educational events and has explored the development of a model Bay Area ecocity, "Califia." GCI is working on various initiatives to put ICT (Information and Communication) resources to work on sustainability programs, including the Green City Solutions group on, and the Techné Verde project (under the fiscal sponsorship of with the Buckminster Fuller Institute) working with the United Nations and various NGOs involved in sustainable consumption/production and communities, and leading technology developers.

International Institute for Environment And Development: IIED aims to provide expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development at local, national, regional and global levels. In alliance with others we seek to help shape a future that ends global poverty and delivers and sustains efficient and equitable management of the world's natural resources.

Kleiwerks International
Founded in 1998, Kleiwerks International is a non-profit organization and a global network of innovative design specialists collaborating with communities to create ecological and social resilience.

Natural Building Network
Natural Building Network is a not-for-profit membership association promoting natural building principles, materials and practitioners worldwide. We support ecological regeneration, social justice, the building of community and economic opportunity, and the recognition of indigenous wisdom as essential in creating healthy, beautiful, and spiritually-uplifting habitation for everyone.

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
OAEC is a nonprofit organizing and education center and organic farm in Northern California’s Sonoma County. OAEC was founded in 1994 by a group of biologists, horticulturists, educators, activists, and artists seeking innovative and practical approaches to the pressing environmental and economic crises of our day. Much of the Center’s work addresses the challenges of creating democratic communities that are ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable in an increasingly privatized and corporatized economy and culture. OAEC's programs combine research, demonstration, education, and organizing to develop collaborative, community-based strategies for positive social change and effective environmental stewardship.

Open Source Ecology
The mission of Open Source Ecology (OSE) is to create the open source economy. An open source, libre economy is an efficient economy which increases innovation by open collaboration. To get there, OSE is currently developing a set of open source blueprints for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – a set of the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. In the process of creating the GVCS, OSE intends to develop a modular, scalable platform for documenting and developing open source, libre hardware – including blueprints for both physical artifacts and for related open enterprises.

The Patel Center fosters cutting-edge research that generates sustainable innovations for cities around the world, particularly in developing countries.

Project Nuevo Mundo is a platform that connects people and project centers encouraging resource sharing on the web and on the ground to catalyze planetary regeneration and individual transformation.

Red Feather Development Group
Red Feather envisions a world where safe, affordable homes are available to all, and our mission is to partner with American Indian nations to develop and implement sustainable solutions to the housing needs within their communities. We strive to achieve that mission by building homes, teaching home construction techniques, forging community partnerships, and fostering sustainable building practices. Currently, we focus our partnerships with tribal members of the Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in eastern Montana.

Solar City
Solar City is dedicated to assisting towns, cities and city regions in fully integrating renewable energy technologies, as well as energy conservation and efficiency measures, in order to achieve globally sustainable greenhouse gas emission levels and lower reliance on fossil fuel. It is based on methods developed for this purpose, using international best practice as guidance.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) is an independent, non-profit organization and a pioneer advocate of the whole building approach to sustainable facilities. We were founded in 1980 as the Passive Solar Industries Council by the major building trade groups, large corporations, small businesses, and individual practitioners who recognized that energy and resource efficient design and construction are imperative to a sustainable built environment.

Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

The Farm
The Farm is an intentional community of families and friends living on three square miles in southern middle Tennessee. The Farm was founded in 1971 with the goal of establishing a strongly cohesive, outwardly-directed community. We want, by action and example, to have a positive effect on the world. Over the last 35 years, The Farm has become well known for many things, from natural childbirth and midwifery to healthy diet and vegetarian cuisine, creative arts and alternative technologies to its partnerships and assistance to native cultures.

Three High Guys
The first and largest Wholesale Hemp, Organic Cotton and Eco Marketing and Sales Company, representing over 40 quality hemp, organic cotton & eco focused manufacturers. 

Ubuntu Green
Ubuntu Green is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities through advocacy, education, community development, and empowerment.    
Urban Farming Guys
The Urban Farming Guys is a not-for-profit profit organization that exists to empower the globe with food freedom, alternate energy & sustainable community. Beginning with energy, agriculture, and housing technologies, they are beating a path for communities and villages to thrive in any economy.They are putting videos, diagrams, principals, parts lists and full technology into people's hands in their open source knowledge base. They are putting them to the test in the hostile environment of the inner city of Kansas City as 20 families now have acquired homes and land within a 5 block radius of each other in Lykins Neighborhood as our first prototype of Sustainable Community. And Lastly to establish a sustainability school and training center.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The US Green Building Council is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and  enables green buildings and communities.

West Coast Green
West Coast Green is the world's leading interactive conference on green innovation for the built environment. As the only event hosting the entire chain of industry professions, West Coast Green sets the agenda for the green economy and drives its success for the coming year.

World Green Building Council
WorldGBC is a union of national Green Building Councils from around the world, making it the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace. The mission of the WGBC is to be the global voice for Green Building Councils in countries around the world, and to facilitate the global transformation of the building industry towards sustainability.