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The following is a comprehensive catalog of all the featured resources listed throughout this website for Energy Resources-related topics.

Sustainable Design - Energy Resources

Alliance to Save Energy - Green Schools Program
The Green Schools program is specifically geared toward school districts looking to make their existing buildings more efficient. The website offers helpful guidelines for starting a program. Also available through the website are free materials that include key learning concepts for green schools, an annotated bibliography of green schools instructional resources, curriculum materials, and information about ways to save energy in schools. The Alliance to Save Energy produces a green schools newsletter and organizes the "Earth Apple Awards" - prizes for schools that use energy efficiently.

ASHRAE Guideline "The HVAC Commissioning Process"
ASHRAE's Guideline 1-1996 details the process for insuring that HVAC performance properly coincides with design intent.

California Energy Commission (CEC) - Consumer Energy Center
The website provides recommendations and discussion materials concerning energy renewables. Incentives are also included for the purpose of implementing alternative energy sources.

California Energy Commission (CEC) - Appliance Efficiency section
The CEC offers many resources for schools including its Bright Schools program, Cool Roof program, and information on high performance schools.

California Energy Commission (CEC) - Bright Schools Program
The Bright Schools Program offers specific services to help schools become more energy wise, at little or no cost to the schools. This program can provide design consultation, identify cost-effective energy-saving measures, compare different technologies, develop specifications for energy-efficient equipment, help select architects and other design professionals with school construction and energy-efficiency expertise, review construction plans, and complete value engineering of specific energy-efficiency measures.

California Energy Commission (CEC) - Cool Roofs Program
The CEC offers many resources for schools including its Bright Schools program, Cool Roof program, and information on high performance schools.

California Energy Commission (CEC) - Database for Energy Efficient Resources (D.E.E.R.)
The Database for Energy Efficient Resources (DEER) contains extensive information on selected energy-efficient technologies and measures. The DEER provides estimates of the average cost, market saturation, and energy-savings potential for these technologies in residential and nonresidential applications.

California Energy Commission (CEC) - Lighting Efficiency section
The CEC offers many resources for schools including its Bright Schools program, Cool Roof program, and information on high performance schools.

Center for the Built Environment (CBE) - Underfloor Air Technology
The Center for the Built Environment (CBE) was established in May 1997 at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide timely unbiased information on promising new building technologies and design techniques. The purpose of this web site is to provide a complete description of underfloor air distribution and related technologies.

Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
CHPS aims to facilitate the design of high performance schools in California - environments that are not only resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit and contain the amenities needed for a quality education. CHPS has developed a set of Best Practices Manuals (available at to create a new generation of high performance school facilities in California.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. It includes a state-by-state database of 'Schools Going Solar' programs.

Heschong-Mahone Group
This report focuses on the school analysis. The study looks at the effect of daylighting on human performance. It includes a focus on skylighting as a way to isolate daylight as an illumination source, and separate illumination effects from other qualities associated with daylighting from windows. In this project, they established a statistically compelling connection between lighting quality, natural ventilation, and student performance.

International Dark-Sky Association - Outdoor Lighting Code Handbook
This Handbook discusses in full detail issues relating to outdoor lighting pollution and presents possible methods of implementation to avoid "dark-sky" pollution.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
IREC's website include the Schools Going Solar Program (formerly the PV4You Program), the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE), connecting to the Grid Project, the PV National Consumer Project, the Schools Going Solar Initiative, Community Outreach, the Certification Project, the Workshop-in-a-Box Program, the Annual Renewable Energy Recognition Awards, Videos, Public Service Announcements, Guides, and Newsletters.

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories - The Heat Island Group
This organization provides extensive research concerning heat islands and provides solutions to mitigate these environmental problems.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - Energy Savings
NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles providing extensive resources on various methods of heating, cooling, and maintaining new and retrofitted K-12 school buildings and grounds.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - HVAC Systems
NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems in school buildings, including geothermal heating systems.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - School Lighting
NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on indoor and outdoor lighting of school buildings and grounds, including resources on security lighting, and sports facilities lighting.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
As a leading center for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, NREL is developing new energy technologies to benefit both the environment and the economy. Resources include research on techniques and technologies, programs, news, events, and markets available for the purpose of renewable energy implementation. is a directory of renewable products and resources for energy and material uses. Includes guidance and educational material as well.

Santa Monica Green Building Program: Maximize Natural Ventilation
These are the city of Santa Monica's recommended practices for maximizing natural ventilation.

Savings by Design
A program that offers services and incentives to help architects and building owners raise energy performance to a top priority when planning new facilities. The program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas.

Solar Schoolhouse
This program aims to install Solar Electric systems at schools and provide hands-on experience and curriculum in the classroom.

U.S. Department of Energy - EnergySmart Schools
EnergySmart Schools is a campaign of the Department of Energy and its Rebuild America program. EnergySmart Schools offers schools training workshops, publications, recognition, direct technical assistance, financing options, and a host of other resources toward making school facilities more energy efficient. Resources available on the website include step-by-step guidance for making schools more energy efficient, classroom materials and activities, and information about school buses.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Energy Star Products
Energy Star is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products, in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Visit this website to find energy efficient appliances.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Climate Change
EPA's discussion on climate change.

U.S. Department of Energy (USDE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This web page provides information on a wide variety of energy related topics.

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