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Trade Associations and Non Profit Organizations

Air Quality Sciences (AQS)

An IAQ resource center with research, articles, and links to more info.*ID*

The Aluminum Association, Inc

Trade association promoting the use of aluminum. (member log in section)

American Chemistry Council (ACC)

Founded in 1872, member companies committed to research and initiatives directed toward responsible business practices.

American Forest Foundation (AFF)

Non profit organization promoting environmental education, healthy forestry practices, protection of wildlife habitat and watershed protection, with a focus on supporting family forest owners.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Professional association representing the interests of America's architects. (member log in section)

American Institute of Steel Construction

Professional organization working to promote the use of structural steel. (member log in section)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

International organization whose mission is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. Engaging in research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education. For purchase publications including "Green Guide: The Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings". (member log in section)

American Society of Interior Designers

Organization promoting and supporting the profession of commercial and residential Interior Design. Sustainable design information section with freely accessible general information and for purchase white papers. Professional, industry, and student information. (member log in section)*ID*

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Professional association of landscape architects. (member log in section)

ANEW: Asset Network for Education Worldwide

Nationwide non profit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and repurposing surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for donation to the underserved and those who support them. They provide documentation for use toward USGBC LEED® certification. Call to begin the process of becoming a donor or a recipient.*ID*

APA - The Engineered Wood Association

A nonprofit trade association whose mission is to increase the use of engineered wood products in North America. It provides quality assurance through its APA trademarked label program. Formerly known as the American Plywood Association (APA).

Athena Institute

Part of a non profit international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable building practices based on life cycle assessment: software, LCA database, and consulting.

B.C. Market Outreach Network

British Columbia created this network to help promote their forest products and educate about their forestry practices internationally.

Brick Industry Association (BIA)

A national trade association whose goal is to promote clay brick and increase its market share. BIA provides technical assistance to designers and advocacy for the industry.(member log in section)

Building Commissioning Association (BCA)

An organization committed to defining high professional standards for building commissioning. Professionals can earn CCP - Certified Commissioning Professional designation. BCA has created a Building Commissioning Attributes document as a guide and has a peer review process of BCA members available to building owners.(member log in section)

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

International trade organization representing and promoting the interests of the commercial real estate industry. BOMA provides advocacy, education, research, standards, and information. (member log in section)

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA)

An international non-profit trade association working to serve the furniture manufacturing industry in North America providing advocacy, information, and trade development opportunities. Bifma also creates standards and guidelines.(member log in section)

Canadian Plastics Industry Association

A group of nine councils, each involved in a segment of the plastics industry, providing research and education promoting the use of plastics. (member log in section)

Canadian Wood Council (CWC)

Association of wood manufacturers, dedicated to promoting the use of Canadian wood products. (member log in section)

Careers in Interior Design

Sponsored by six interior design associations, dedicated to education regarding the profession of interior design.

Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI)

Carpet and rug industry national trade association. Provides education and conducts research relating to carpet and rug use. Created Green Label™ and Green Label Plus™ certification programs for carpet meeting certain IAQ standards.

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS)

Non profit organization encouraging sustainability on a regional and local level. Responsible resource use is a focus. Tools include education, research, and green planning and design services.

Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)

National non profit organization using collaborative partnerships to increase the demand and supply of renewable energy resources. Green-e program certifies renewable power products. Developing Green-e GHG (Green House Gas) emission reduction products. Site includes information about green aspects of the center's building.
Green-e site

Center for the Built Environment (CBE)

University of California at Berkeley's industry/university collaborative. Working toward two main goals: researching how people use space & how it impacts them, and studying building technologies.

Cleaner and Greener Program - Leonardo Academy

Certification programs created by the Leonardo Academy. Areas of Certification include: companies and organizations, events, buildings, and individuals and families.

Clean Washington Center

A collection of publications with information for cleaner production, pollution prevention, and sustainable business practices.

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

A non profit public foundation working to improve life in the Alleghenies. Part of the work includes environmentally sustainable business initiatives.

Composite Panel Association (CPA)

Trade association for particle board(PB), medium density fiber board(MDF), and hardboard(HB). For purchase publications. Participates in standards development including the Grademark certification program.(member log in section)

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)

An association promoting New Urbanism, including concepts like walkable neighborhood developments and discouraging sprawl. Task forces create initiatives and annual congresses bring together the diverse membership for educational seminars and collaboration. (member log in section)

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

National association of professionals in the design and construction of non-residential buildings. Includes: standard for organizing specifications, certificate/certification programs, a foundation, and a publication. (member log in section)*ID*

Cool Metal Roofing Coalition

Education relating to the energy efficient benefits of cool metal roofing. (member log in section)

Coop America

Non profit using economic solutions to create social justice and environmental sustainability. Includes Green Pages™, national directory of green businesses and products. (member log in section)

Designer Society of America

Interior design member association. Formed in 1999 to serve interior desginers, kitchen & bath designers, space planners and industry partners. Members may or may not possess four year degrees. Resource section, blog and web page available to members. (member log in section)*ID*

Dovetail Partners, inc

A non profit with the bi-line "sustaining forests and rural communities". Mission goals are achieved by providing products and services such as business consulting relating to sustainability, authoring publications, and sponsoring programs. Trade& Org


Consumers Union, a non profit organization, newsletter, articles and searchable information about eco-labels.*ID*

Environmental Council of Concrete Organizations

Providing information about the environmentally friendly aspects of concrete. Searchable database, full articles available for a fee.*ID*

Energy and Environmental Building Association™ (EEBA)

Committed to providing education and services for the sustainable design and construction of residential buildings. Includes "Houses that Work™" educational series.

Environmental Paper Network

A network of organizations and companies promoting environmentally responsible use and production of paper and pulp products. Includes a paper purchaser's guide and paper calculator. (member log in section)

EPS Molders Association

Providing information on the manufacture, use, and performance of Expanded Poly Styrene (EPS).

Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Institute (ESCSI)

International trade association of manufacturers of light weight aggregate.

Forest Certification Resource Center (FCRC)

Information regarding the various certified wood programs and a helpful matrix giving an overview of certified wood options. Site sponsored by Metafore.*ID*

Forest Ethics

A non profit environmental organization working to identify and save endangered forests.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Formed in 1993 by loggers, foresters, environmentalists, and sociologists concerned about the health of forests. Created standards for forest management and certification programs.*ID*

Green Building Initiative (GBI)

Non profit organization working to promote sustainable building practices. Created Green Globes™ a green building tool including an assessment protocol, rating system, and design guide.*ID*

Green Building Institute (GBI)

Non profit organization promoting sustainable building practices through education. For fee courses and newsletter.*ID*

Greener Choices

Resource for information about green attributes of products, recycling options, and general environmental information. Created by Consumers Union.*ID*

Green Round Table

Non profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable design and construction. Technical assistance and training. Nexus, a physical research library located in Boston and an on line Nexus under construction. (as of 3/07)

Green Tags - Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)

Bonneville Environmental Foundation has created Green Tags. Green tags can be purchased by anyone, off setting the use of non renewable energy and providing a donation that will be used toward the funding of renewable energy production. Green tags are green-e certified.

Gypsum Association

Trade association promoting the use of gypsum products in the United States and Canada. (member log in section)

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)

A global coalition of diverse members working to reduce and eliminate sources of harm to the environment and public health caused by health care systems.*ID*

Healthy Building Network (HBN)

A network of diverse professionals dedicated to promoting sustainable building materials that protect human health and the environment. Includes worst in class materials and targets alternatives. Addresses issues of environmental justice.*ID*


Database of research summaries dedicated to design issues. Created by University of Minnesota with founding sponsorship by ASID. (log in free with registration)*ID*

Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR)

A non profit organization focusing on promoting ecological and locally controlled sustainable communities. Programs and publications addressing a diverse range of issues.

International Dark Sky Association (IDA)

A non profit organization dedicated to fighting light pollution and protecting the nighttime environment. Efforts include programs, educational information, and fixture directory.*ID*

International Design Center for the Environment (IDCE)

Non-profit organization advancing the best practices in sustainable product design, manufacturing, and selection through educational exhibits, tools, and other resources.

International Ergonomics Association (IEA)

A federation of ergonomics and human factors societies from around the world. Mission is to improve the quality of life by advancing the science, practice, and application of ergonomics. General information, publications, and standards creation. (member log in section) *ID*

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

An international professional organization dedicated to educating and connecting interior designers worldwide. Site includes specialty forums, a knowledge base with 27 hits for the word "sustainable", available CEUs and more. (member log in section) *ID*

International Solid Surface Fabricators Association (ISSFA)

Trade organization dedicated to supporting solid surface fabricators. (member log in section)

Leonardo Academy

Non profit organization focused on promoting sustainability with certification programs and educational resources including LEED education and project consultation, ANSI standards creations, and green seminars on a variety of topics.*ID*

The Light Consortium

A consortium undertaking research to promote Ergonomic Lighting, lighting design practices that include considerations of the physical and psychological needs of people. Project managed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) operated by Bettelle for the US Department of Energy (DOE).*ID*

The Marble Institute of America (MIA)

International professional trade association supporting the natural stone industry.
Marble Institute of America (MIA) consumer informational site.*ID*


A non profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible business practices primarily among forest industry related businesses.

National Air Duct Cleaners Association

Non profit association of companies who provide HVAC cleaning services. Supports members with training and certification. Promotes its members and provides information to the public.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

Trade association for the electroindustry. Participates in standards creation.(member log in section)

National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)

Trade association supporting the kitchen and bath industry. Information for consumers, professionals, and industry partners. Professional development courses and certification. (member log in section)*ID*

National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA)

Trade association with its roots in the late 1800's. Members only information as well as consumer information section. (member log in section)*ID*

National Wood Flooring Association

International trade association for wood flooring professionals. (member log in section) (consumer site)*ID*

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Trade association for manufacturers of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag insulation. (member log in section)

Plastic Piping Educational Foundation (PPFA)

National trade association for manufacturers of plastic piping and related products. Plenty of general information accessible to the public. Registration required for some publications.

Site for the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Basic information regarding plastics. A section to understand what is a polymer.*ID*

Portland Cement Association

Promoting cement and concrete for its cement company members in the US and Canada. (member log in section)
Site created by Portland Cement Association to highlight the sustainable attributes of cement.*ID*

Rainforest Alliance

International non profit organization working on transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior to help promote sustainability.

Reclaimed Wood Council (RWC)

Council for reclaimed wood manufacturers providing consistent standards and education regarding reclaimed wood. Created a RWC certification standard.*ID*

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Non profit organization that began its work on energy policy and has now grown to include a range of diverse areas relating to resource use including buildings and land, business practices, communities, climate, transportation, water and more. Work includes education and consulting as well as research. Available resources: newsletter, bookstore, articles, and case studies.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)

Non profit organization supporting sustainable design and building practices. Began as the Passive Solar Industries council. Works as a bridge between industry and government, instrumental in the creation of the Whole Building Design Guide, sponsors events and workshops. (member log in section)
Whole building Design Guide (wbdg), a non profit collaboration between government, private sector, non profits, and educational institutions. An abundance of information on whole building design techniques and technologies. Assisting building professionals in three main ways: design guidance, project management, and operations and maintenance.*ID*


United States Library of Medicine toxicology data network. Fourteen searchable databases relating to toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases. Fact sheets and FAQ.*ID*technical

Urban Land Institute

Non profit research and educational organization dedicated to encouraging the responsible use of land and sustaining communities.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

A non profit coalition of diverse professionals working to transform the building industry toward sustainability. Created the LEED rating systems as design/build, planning, and operating tools. Certification is available with each rating system. Includes a certification specific to Interior Design projects: LEED-CI. Professional accreditation, training, general information, resources, and articles.*ID*

World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)

A non profit federation of National Green Building councils dedicated to transforming the property industry toward sustainability. Site resources include links, publications, news, and activities info. Current members include US Green Building Council (USGBC) and councils from Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. (as of 3/07)