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These resources will help inform your green building activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work. 

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A Municipal Action Guide for Developing Green Affordable Housing
National League of Cities, 2009

The National League of Cities has published a Municipal Action Guide, “Creating Green Affordable Housing,” to assist cities in developing workable policies and practices and identify funding resources linked to sustainability programs.

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Anaheim’s Green Building Program

Learn about Anaheim’s Green Building program – how to certify your next project as green, money-savings options available for going green, and more.

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Build It Green

Build It Green is a non-profit membership organization providing green building guidelines and rating systems (such as the GreenPoint Rated home rating system).  The organization also offers training, tools, technical expertise and partnership opportunities for a variety of key stakeholders, including public agencies, to accelerate the adoption of green building practices.

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Building Green with Carrots and Sticks

Building Green with Carrots and Sticks addresses legal issues that arise when local agencies undertake green building programs. This paper was prepared by Christi Hogin, city attorney for the cities of Lomita and Malibu, for the League of California Cities Annual Conference in September 2007.

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California Building Standards Commission
California State Building Codes

The California State Building Standards Commission features all of California building codes, a variety of resources and the 2010 California Green Building Code (CalGreen Code).

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California Green Builder

This program of the non-profit Building Industry Institute provides guidelines and certification systems, and encourages voluntary partnerships between builders and local governments to build cost-effective, green homes that benefit homebuyers and the community at large through improvements in energy efficiency, indoor air quality and comfort, on-site waste recycling, and water and wood conservation.

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California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation

California State Parks, Office of Historic Preservation offers links, briefings and reports on how to integrate sustainability considerations into historic buildings retrofits.  Resources include information on energy efficiency, implementing solar and other green building techniques for historic buildings. 

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CalRecycle Green Building Program

Information and resources on green building design and construction, including managing construction and demolition waste.

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Climate Change: Increasing City Buildings’ Energy Efficiency – Nine Questions City Officials Should Ask

As energy costs rise and widespread concern about climate change increases, cities can limit their greenhouse gas emissions and save money by reducing energy use in municipal buildings and investing in energy efficiency. This article explores questions city officials should ask about energy use and efficiency so they can make informed decisions about city buildings.

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Green Building Tip Sheet

This resource provides a basic overview of tips for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through Green Building.

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Greener Buildings Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Each year, buildings throughout California are the second largest contributor to the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, using enough energy to account for nearly 125 million metric tons — roughly 25 percent — of the state’s annual GHG emissions. Taking action to make buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly helps conserve resources and lower a community’s share of the emissions that lead to climate change.

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LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating Systems
U.S. Green Building Council

LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

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Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Redwood Coast Energy Authority serves as a one-stop-shop for energy efficiency information for residential, commercial/industrial, and public agency energy users in Humboldt County.

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Santa Clara County Climate Change and Sustainability Program

Established in 2008, the Santa Clara County Climate Change and Sustainability Program has developed a Climate Action Plan for Operations and Facilities, and Green Building Policy for County Government Buildings. Both documents are available on the Office of Sustainability’s web page.

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Ventura County Build It Smart

An information & news web site designed to encourage energy and resource-efficient building practices & land use decision, with a focus on Ventura County.

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