About Us
Sherrie Gruder
Sustainable Design Specialist, LEED Accredited Professional, Energy Program Coordinator
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610 Langdon Street
Room 322
Madison, WI, 53703
Audience & Partners:
Design and building industry and Wisconsin businesses
Local and state government
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association
US Green Building Council
UW-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development
UW-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture
UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources Center for Land Use Education
Wisconsin DOA, Division of Facilities Development
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
Wisconsin State Energy Office
Team Membership:
UW-Extension Sustainability Team
Educational Resources:
Energy On Wisconsin
Government Green Building Programs Inventory
Green Building Products Guide
The Madison Sustainability Plan: Fostering Environmental, Economic and Social Resilience
Toward a Sustainable Community: A Tool Kit for Local Government
Videos and webcasts of sustainability presentations
Wisconsin LEED Certified Buildings
Zero Net Energy Policies and Projects
Federal, state and local green building and energy policies and implementation
Greening downtown redevelopment
Sustainable Business Practices
Sustainable Community Planning
Sustainable Energy Planning
Sustainable product standards
A Building Transformation
An Ounce of Prevention...Source Reduction Program Options
Building A Green Capital City: A Blueprint for Madison's Sustainable Design and Energy Future
Building Alternatives for Public Projects: A Smart Growth Approach
Building Green - A consumer's guide to sustainable building
Building a Green Capital City - 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Burning News for Builders
BusinessEnergy$avings-UW-EX Agent Resources
Conservation by Design - webcast
Construction Resources: A Waste Reduction Guide for WI Builders and Contractors
Dane County Justice Center: An Energy Efficient Courthouse Through Whole Building Design
Energy On Wisconsin
Focus on Sustainability: Building Communities Educational Series
Government Green Building Inventory - Flash version - requires current plug-in
Green Building Products Guide
Green Building Pubic Radio Show, Larry Meiler, June 26, 2007 archive - weblink
Green Development, City of Madison & Rocky Mountain Institute; DVD or VHS formats
Green Jobs: Opportunities & Options - PowerPoint
Greening Government: The Dane County Justice Center Green Building Project--poster
High Performance Green Building; Senate Bill 616 testimony: WisconsinEYE
High-Performance Buildings: A Wisconsin Market Force
On-site Renewable Energy in Green Buildings: Case Studies Compendium
Power Through Partnerships: Brown County and the Oneida Tribe Working Toward Energy Independence
Presentation -- Zero Net Energy: Policies and Projects
Recycling Becomes Fun at the Playground
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Site: Construction Resources - webcast
Renewables and Sustainable Energy Practices: Wisconsin Trends and Practices
Saving Energy is Good for Business: HVAC and Water Heating
Saving Energy is Good for Business: Lighting
Small Wind Energy System Model Ordinance
Specifying Recycled Building Materials - webcast
State Energy Extension Partnership Presentation
State Initiatives Supporting the Kyoto Protocol
Sustainable Community Development
Sustainable Development in Sweden - Madison City Channel webcast
Sustainable Development: How Portland Does It - Madison City Channel webcast of the Portland Office of Sustainable Development
The Madison Sustainability Plan: Fostering Environmental, Economic and Social Resilience
Toward A Sustainable Community: A Toolkit for Local Governments Volume 1
Toward A Sustainable Community: A Toolkit for Local Governments Volume 2
Toward a Sustainable Community: Toolkit References and Links
Treated Lumber: A Consumer Arsenic Alert
Wisconsin LEED Certified Buildings
Zero Net Energy Policies and Projects
Additional Resources:
1000 Friends of Wisconsin

Focuses on helping communities make the connection between everyday land use and transportation decisions and Wisconsin's economic, environmental and cultural health. See Eco-municipality page with extensive sustainable community resources
2010 Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit: Fueling Wisconsin's Future

A Study of Green Building Programs in Our Nation's Communities

American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

ASES is the national chapter of the interanational organization dedicated to advancing the widespread near- and long-term use of solar energy. ASES organizes the National Solar Energy Conference and the National Solar Tour; publishes SOLAR TODAY magazine, Advances in Solar Energy, the Sunbeam online newsletter and policy statements; sponsors issue roundtables in Washington, D.C.; distributes solar publications; and organizes a Solar Action Network.
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

AWEA is a national trade association of the US wind power industry.
Building America

Building America is a private/public partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the building industry that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes. The site contains useful data, tool boxes and resources to guide building projects.
Business Materials Exchange of Wisconsin

The Business Material Exchange of Wisconsin (BMEX) is a Material Listing Service that matches businesses that need materials with companies that have reusable, surplus or by-product materials available.
Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) & Its Use as a Wood Preservative

US-EPA Pesticides web site for topical and chemical facts with links to technical and consumer information on pressure-treated or CCA-treated lumber.
City of Portland, Oregon Office of Sustainable Development

Portland's Office of Sustainable Development is responsible for programs in solid waste, energy, green building, greenhouse gases, food systems, water efficiency, stormwater, jobs, and equity (e.g. affordable housing).
Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies

CERES is a coalition of investment funds, environmental organizations, and public interest groups whose mission is to move businesses, capital, and markets to advance lasting prosperity by valuing the health of the planet and its people.
Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center

CICA is an environmental compliance assistance website for contractors and builders/developers. It explains in plain language major environmental laws affecting the industry with links to others sources of detailed info. Topics include stormwater, solid waste, hazardous waste, air,wetlands,endangered species and green building.
Daylighting in Schools, Report (1999) and Re-analysis Report (2002)

A large scale study that finds a statistically significant correlation between daylighting and elementary school performance. Original study in 1999, re-analysis in 2002.
Energy Center of Wisconsin

The Energy Center of Wisconsin is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving energy sustainability including support of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental protection.
Energy Star

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ENERGY STAR label helps businesses and consumers easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.

Solutions and financing for affordable housing and thriving communities.
Enterprise Green Communities

Green criteria for developers and grant funding to make affordable projects healthy and energy efficient.
Environmental Building News

Articles, reviews, and news stories on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices.
Environmental Design+Construction magazine

Magazine dedicated to efficient and sustainable building, primarily commercial. Contains a Sustainable Home section dedicated to the design/build/remodel of homes with a focus on the environment.
Examining the Potential for Energy Efficiency to Address the Natural Gas Crisis in the Midwest

Study indicating that a modestly aggressive and achievable energy efficiency campaign (achieving about a 5% reduction in both electricity and natural gas customer use over 5 years) could produce tens of billions of dollars in net cost savings for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Midwest.
Forest Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, international, membership-based organization that brings people together to promote responsible management of the world's forests through developing standards, a certification system and trademark recognition.
Green Building - Larry Meiller show

Sherrie Gruder and Lou Host-Jablonski of the Design Coalition in Madison are Larry Meiller's guests. The show "Green Building" was aired 8-30-2006
Green Building Practices - Larry Meiller Show

Sherrie Gruder and Lou Host-Jablonski of the Design Coalition in Madison are Larry Meiller's guest. The show "Green Building Practices" aired 6-26-2007
Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

University of Michigan and US Green Building Council, 2011. This study looks at the likely impacts of climate change on the built environment and the adaptation strategies, codes, standards and practices to adopt at the regional, neighborhood and building scale so that the environments designed and built today will be suitable for a range of uncertain futures.
Green@work magazine

Green@work reinforces sustainable initiatives by sharing success stories and profiling the individuals who are making it happen. It explores the social, ideological, economic and political issues that advance sustainable business initiatives.

GreenBlue is a non-profit organization committed to providing the theoretical, technical, and information tools required to transform industry into an economically profitable, ecologically regenerative, and socially empowering activity through intelligent design.
Healthy Building Network

The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national network that promotes healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment.
Healthy Home

Online catalog of environmentally safe building materials and air and water filtration products to improve the health of your home and your family.
ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is a membership association of local governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development. ICLEI was initially established in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
ICLEI: STAR Community Index

The STAR Community Index is a national, consensus-based framework for gauging the sustainability and livability of U.S. communities. STAR will be launched in 2011. It was developed through a partnership between ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Center for American Progress (CAP).
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies ranging from reuse and recycling to the Healthy Building Network to the carbohydrate (plant-based) economy.
Laboratories of the 21st Century (Labs21)

Labs21, sponsored by the US EPA and US DOE, is a program dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories. The Labs21 program follows a ¿whole building¿ approach to sustainable laboratory design and operation emphasizing energy use reduction opportunities. It consists of a partnership program, training and education, and a tool kit of resources.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory managed by the University of California. It conducts research in a range of scientific disciplines. Notable is its Environmental Energy Technologies Division.
Leonardo Academy

Leonardo Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability by leveraging innovative tools and information to motivate the competitive. They work in a wide range of areas including LEED for Existing Buildings, standards development (national sustainable agriculture standard), transportation, and sustainable land management.
Madison Sustainable Design and Energy Committee

The committee takes a leadership role to make Madison a sustainable city by advising the Mayor, City Council and staff on implementing the adopted recommendations in Building a Green Capital City: A Blueprint to Madison's Sustainable Design and Energy Future
Million Solar Roofs Initiative

The Million Solar Roofs Initiative is a U.S. Department of Energy public-private partnership aimed at overcoming barriers to market entry for solar technologies: photovoltaics (PV), solar water heating, transpired solar collectors, solar space heating and cooling and pool heating. The program goal is to facilitate the sale and installation of one million solar roofs by 2010.
RENEW Wisconsin

RENEW is a nonprofit organization that promotes clean energy strategies--conservation and energy efficiency, renewable energy, and low--emission generation.
Rain Gardens - Improving Water Quality in Your Community

A household way to improve water quality in your community.
Rain gardens - a how-to manual for homeowners

Homeowners in many parts of the country are catching on to rain gardens - landscaped areas planted to wild flowers and other native vegetation that soak up rainwater.
Renewable Energy Library

Learn about different types of renewable energy: fact sheets and case studies. Calendar of events and workshops linked as well.
Repowering the Midwest: The Clean Energy Development Plan for the Heartland

This website, supported by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, is a source for clean energy information in the Midwest. It provides information on the Clean Energy Development Plan for the Heartland, which proposes policies to implement underutilized energy efficiency technologies and to aggressively develop renewable energy resources.
Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources by helping business, communities, individuals, and governments to create more wealth and employment, protect and enhance natural and human capital, and increase profit and competitive advantage.
SMaRT Consensus Sustainable Product Standards

SMaRT is a sustainable products standard for fabric, apparel, textiles & flooring developed in a consensus process under the directorship of MTS, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - accredited standards developer.

Scorecard provides pollution and toxic chemical information and its community health risks by neighborhood in a database searchable by zip code. This community right to know information about air, water, and soil pollution and its sources is provided by Environmental Defense.
Smart Communities Network:Green Buildings: Affordable Housing

Provides information and links about green affordable housing techniques and approaches, financing and case studies.
Sustain Dane

A non-profit organization committed to creating communities that deeply enjoy, care for and are sustained by their unique environment. Sustain Dane serves the Dane County region of Wisconsin by connecting people on sustainable programs and issues, collaborating with other organizations and local governments promoting sustainability, conducting study courses, selling rain barrels and working on Mpowering Madison- a climate change program with businesses and the public.
The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings

An extensive cost-benefit analysis of LEED certified green buildings demonstrating an average 2% increase in first costs with a ten fold return on investment. Study commissioned by California¿s Sustainable Building Task Force, authored by Greg Kats.
The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability

The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) works to foster and accelerate the global free market transformation to sustainability.
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association

MREA ia a nonprofit network for sharing ideas, resources and information to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The NATURAL STEP works to accelerate global sustainability by guiding companies, communities and governments onto an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable path by making fundamental principles of sustainability easier to understand and effective sustainability initiatives easier to implement .

The NATURAL STEP (Canada) is part of an international non-profit research, education and advisory organization that uses a science-based, systems framework to help organizations, individuals and communities take meaningful steps toward sustainability
The NATURAL STEP International

The NATURAL STEP is an international advisory and research organization that works with some of the largest resource users on the planet to create solutions, models and tools designed to accelerate global sustainability.

The National Recycling Coalition

Nonprofit committed to maximizing recycling to achieve the benefits of resource conservation, solid waste reduction, environmental protection, energy conservation and social and economic development.
U.S. Green Building Council

Building industry leaders who work to accelerate the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. Site includes section on the LEED Green Building Rating System for New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Core & Shell and projects registered and certified in those programs.
U.S. Materials Exchange Programs

Links to materials exchange programs throughout the US to find materials available and wanted.
US DOE Smart Communities Network ¿ Green Buildings

Resources on sustainable development ranging from green building and community energy to sustainable business and funding opportunities. Site provides sample ordinances, publications and useful links.
US EPA Energy Star

Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Used Building Materials Association

A nonprofit that represents companies and organizations involved in the acquisition and/or redistribution of used building materials.
Used Building Materials Exchange

Listings of used building materials available and wanted. Includes industry and business links.
WI Office of Energy Independence, Energy Independent Communities Partnership

Applications and information
WI State Energy Office

Under the Wisconsin DOA, Division of Energy Services, SEO provides information about energy programs and state and federal funding opportunities including energy efficiency, bioenergy, transportation fuels and vehicles, and Energy Independent Communities.
WasteCap Wisconsin

WasteCap Wisconsin is a statewide, nonprofit organization that provides waste reduction and recycling assistance to businesses. One area of service is in construction site recycling.
Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative

Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI), based at UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, cultivates bioenergy expertise among UW-Madison, UW-System and Wisconsin stakeholders to anchor the innovative research being conducted statewide. WBI is a university-based coalition that helps the talent across Wisconsin create, commercialize and promote bio-based solutions.
Wisconsin Bioenergy Sites and Sources

Wisconsin Bioenergy Sites and Sources is a website to help understand and use information relevant to siting and operating facilities for producing biofuels and energy from sources of biomass in Wisconsin. The database was developed and is updated by UW-Extension and UW Lands Information and Computer Graphics Department with funding from Focus on Energy. It will be housed on the Energy Center of Wisconsin web portal.
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC)

Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation is a non-profit organization that creates and implements energy savings programs for utilities, municipalities, regulatory commissions, weatherization providers, and consumer and environmental groups in the U.S. and Canada.
Wisconsin Energy Independent Communities

Information about the Wisconsin Energy Independent Communities Program in which local governments adopt the goal to generate 25% of electricity and transportation fuels from renewable energy locally by 2025. Includes sustainable energy plans from 20 local governments that received grants in 2009 and 2010.
Wisconsin Focus on Energy

The Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program provides information, technical assistance and funding to promote energy conservation and renewable energy for homes, businesses, farms, schools and local governments.
Wisconsin Focus on Energy Incentive Programs

This is the web page where you can find current energy efficiency incentives.
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance

The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance's (WGBA) facilitates and promotes the development and use of ecologically sustainable materials and practices within Wisconsin's Built environment.
Wisconsin Green Built Home Program

A green building rating program that reviews and certifies homes according to green building and energy standards.
Wisconsin Solar Use Network (WisconSUN)

WisconSUN is a program of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the U.S. DOE's Million Solar Roofs program. WisconSUN supports the development of Wisconsin's solar energy market by providing assistance to prospective system owners, solar energy professionals, utility representatives, etc.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of more than 170 international companies that are committed to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.
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