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Better Buildings, A U.S. Department of Energy Initiative
Under the Better Buildings initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy provides training, financing solutions, partnership possibilities, and events to inform and educate commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings owners about energy efficiency investments.

WSU Energy Program, Renewable Energy Incentives
Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program is managing the new incentive program for citizens and businesses in Washington interested in purchasing renewable energy systems. Previously, this Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Program was managed by the Department of Revenue. Online applications will be available October 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021. Projects eligible for incentives include solar photovoltaic, anaerobic digesters, or wind generators.

Green Cleaning Advocacy Handbook
The Green Cleaning Advocacy Handbook provides practical advice for advocates ready to promote green cleaning at the district or school level. Learn the steps the Green Cleaning Leadership Council recommends to build a coalition, work with policymakers, communicate with stakeholders as well as find sample documents for use in building a Green Cleaning Program.

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools aims to increase the energy efficiency of schools by marketing information, services, and incentive programs directly to school districts and designers. The goal is to facilitate the design of high performance schools. Many states have adapted CHPS for their schools.

EPA Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools
This EPA website is dedicated to “Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools” through indoor air quality management. School officials, staff, teachers, health care providers, parents and students can find information about designing programs, writing policies and developing guidelines to promote healthy learning environments at your schools.

US Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Cascadia Chapter's Web site

  • LEED v4 BD&C: applies to buildings that are being newly constructed and going through major modernizations. Find the reference guide overview, the rating systems, and the scorecard for a school projects.

BetterBricks is the commercial initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, which is supported by local electric utilities. BetterBricks advocates for changes to energy-related business practices in the Northwest, including how schools both in their design and operations become more energy-efficient, save money, and, as a result, help enhance the learning environment. On, you’ll find information, tools, training and resources to help your building make a difference to your bottom line.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.




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