Topic: Buildings
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Affordable, Healthy, Green, Smart Growth Housing
As part of a national Green Communities initiative, green building criteria have been developed that support the building of affordable and more environmentally friendly homes.

Environmental Building News
This leading on-line publication includes in-depth, carefully researched articles and news on sustainable design and construction issues. A monthly newsletter targets Builders, Architects and consumers.

Green Building Programs and Resources
A range of resources are available for builders and local governments interested in accelerating green building.

Information on over 2,100 environmentally preferable building products.

Minnesota GreenStar Certified Homes and Remodeling
Created by Minnesota home builders, remodelers, building science specialists, the Green Institute and the MPCA, MN GreenStar is an extremely well-designed residential building standards, training and certification program.

Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines: Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3)
This web site serves as an online green design guide and rating system to educate and inform the design process on new and renovated buildings.

MPCA Green Building Website
The MPCA's green building site has resources for homeowners and builders, designers and schools, featuring guidelines, building materials, financing and case studies.

Residential Green Construction
An outline of five design levels for lessening the ecological impact of housing; includes how to establish green building priorities and criteria for green products.

U.S. Green Building Council
A non-profit organization promoting green building policies, design practices, technologies, and the LEED building rating system.

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Events Calendar
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8/21 -9/1 Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair
8/23 Cooperative Solutions, A Convergence for a Just and Sustainable Economy
9/19 Happy Dancing Turtle Resilent Action Day
9/24 -11/19 Frontiers in the Environment: Can We Build a More Resilient Food Distribution System?

Ongoing Events
MCAD Sustainable Design Online Courses & Related Film Series
** Additional Green Building Events
U of MN Institute for the Environment Calendar
Reuse Alliance MN Chapter Meeting
Reuse Alliance MN Chapter Meeting
GreenPOWER Green Generalist Job Training Workshop
School Waste Prevention and Recycling Network

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