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  Resources for constructing a green building. Frequently Asked Questions

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Looking at your state government's announcement of grant opportunities.

In addition, you may want to check your local power organization or see if there is a local Green Building/LEED group and they may be able to help you. For example, staff members at Austin's Green Building Program offered some helpful suggestions.

The Kresge Foundation wants nonprofits to consider green building practices the next time they embark on a capital project and is helping them pay for it. The foundation is making available special planning grants of $50,000 to $100,000, as well as bonus grants of $150,000 to $250,000 to grantees whose buildings become LEED certified. The foundation's website is www.kresge.org.

Kresge Green Building Initiative - planning grants $25,000-100,000. http://www.kresge.org/initiatives/2005PG.pdf

Check out the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston.

American Electric Power (AEP), which also does business under the names Reliant Energy (and others) has a great request for proposal packet currently. AEP began reviewing proposals and awarding money Jan. 2, 2004 continuing until the money runs out.

AEP-TCC: AEP Texas Central Company
Attn. Russell Bego
PO Box 2121
Corpus Christi, TX 78403
Email rbego@aep.com
361-881-5710"

An organization that may be able to offer advice to organizations building a LEED certified building is the Green Building Alliance (GBA) In Pittsburgh.  It is a non-profit organization that drives market demand for green building through education and project facilitation. Their website is www.gbapgh.org.
 
In addition, some recently built green/LEED certified buildings (in case you want to contact the individuals at these institutions) are: The environmental science program building at Catawba College (in North Carolina). Info on that building is at http://www.catawba.edu/academic/environmentalscience/facility.htm.

The Pittsburgh Glass Center, for which information can be found at http://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/.

Carnegie Mellon University (www.cmu.edu) has two LEEDs buildings, a dorm and some high-tech building.

We ordered the Funding Green Buildings Toolkit from www.fundinggreenbuildings.com. It seems that this would be most helpful in the early/ planning stages.

This information was posted on PRSPCT-L as a summary of responses to the question.
 
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