SBN Green Resources

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to corporate initiatives that assess and take responsibility for the company's effects on the environment and impact on social welfare. The term generally applies to company efforts that go beyond what may be required by regulators or environmental protection groups. (www.investopedia.com)

Corporate social responsibility is often used interchangeably with corporate citizenship, social enterprise, sustainability, sustainable development, triple-bottom line, and corporate ethics. Even though the terminology is different, they all relate to how firms make their profits, and what they do with their profits.

Dallas-Fort Worth business leaders recognize that CSR is not about philanthropy and simply meeting compliance standards. Leaders today know they must manage and address their economic, social, and environmental impacts.

The links below provide an array of resources for Dallas Fort Worth area businesses that are looking for ways to be more socially and environmentally responsible.

Calculators

Water Footprint Calculator 
The Water Footprint Network is a dynamic, international learning community. We are a platform for connecting diverse communities interested in sustainability, equitability and efficiency of water use

Carbon Footprint Calculator 
Provides a range of carbon management services including assessing your carbon emissions, verifying your own calculations, through to providing high quality carbon offsets to make your business carbon neutral. We also provide support in green marketing to ensure you avoid the common pitfalls and capitalize on your green investment.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.

Ecological Footprint Quiz by Redefining Progress 
Estimates the amount of land and ocean area required to sustain your consumption patterns and absorb your wastes on an annual basis.

Paper Calculator 
The Paper Calculator is the premier tool for measuring the environmental impacts of paper and discovering the best paper choices

Walk Score 
Walk Score uses a patent-pending system to measure the walkability of an address, in order to help people find a walkable place to live. This site provides a list of the most walkable neighborhoods in the United States and information on the benefits of living in a walkable city.

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Cleaning Products

Eco-Labels
This unique platform collects and structures data on ecolabels globally, increasing transparency and helping buyers and sellers use them more effectively.

Health eHome
An interactive program that offers tips and information about healthy, safe, green living, the Health eHome is the ultimate guide for people who are both environmentally and safety-conscious.

Healthy Child, Healthy World
Healthy Child provides access to critical information that encourages smarter lifestyle choices to reduce toxic chemical exposure in homes and communities to become a trusted resource for parents

The National Library of Medicine
The household products database on this site allows users to examine the health effects and ingredients of specific cleaning products on the market, as well as other categories of goods. The database is organized so that exact brands of goods and their corresponding Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) information can be found and viewed.

Easy to Be Green
Easy to be Green is a web-based resource created for interior designers to research product options, expand their knowledge base, and stay ahead of the growing sustainability learning curve. They provide product information and the fundamentals which include links to more information and book reviews.

Green Suppliers Network
Works with large manufacturers to target and engage key suppliers in customized, hands-on assessments of production processes to reduce energy consumption, minimize carbon footprint, increase productivity, and drive innovation.

Investor Environmental Health Network
The Investor Environmental Health Network is a collaborative partnership of investment managers, advised by nongovernmental organizations, concerned about the financial and public health risks associated with corporate toxic chemicals policies.

National Green Pages
Green Business Directory featuring sustainable business products and sustainable business services from Green America approved businesses.

Quest Sustainable Solutions
Quest Sustainability finds green and sustainable solutions to clients' economic, social and environmental challenges.

Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.

Responsible Purchasing Network
Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Our membership program and consulting services provide institutional purchasers with cutting edge procurement tools and resources designed to save money, conserve resources, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.

SustainAbility
An award-winning strategic management consultancy and think-tank.

Sustainable Research Group (SRG)
An organization of experienced industry professionals dedicated to identifying, documenting, and improving business performance by using principles that move our clients to and beyond green to become economically sound, environmentally healthy, and socially responsible.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
ACEEE, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people.

The Natural Step
Through education, dialogue, coaching and advice The Natural Step provides its partners and clients with deep expertise in sustainability, solutions-oriented innovation and transformational change processes

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Communities

Civic Practices Network

Civic Practices Network (CPN) is a collaborative and nonpartisan project bringing together a diverse array of organizations and perspectives within the civic renewal movement.

This site offers a database of essays and papers that cover everything from case studies on civic innovation and grassroots environmental initiatives to community health reform and essays on employee empowerment. This is a comprehensive website that will inform you of the great potential and necessity of civic involvement for community building and renewal.

Institute for Sustainable Communities
With the focus on environmental, economic, and social concerns, ISC gives communities and the organizations that support them the training, technical assistance, and grants they need to solve their problems and sustain themselves independently.

Quest Sustainable Solutions
Quest Sustainability finds green and sustainable solutions to clients' economic, social and environmental challenges.

Small Planet Institute
It offers published resources and suggestions for things you can do right now to improve local community relationships and promote sustainable community building.

Sustainable Communities Network
This site provides civic resources including downloadable guides to planning a sustainable event, a starter kit for community building, and a case study map.

Local Government Commission (LGC)
The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit organization fostering innovation in environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and social equity. The LGC is helping to transform communities through inspiration, practical assistance and a network of visionary local elected officials and other community leaders.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
NRDC develops and advocates sustainable solutions for our communities.  

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods
A web-based resource, provides strategies, tips, and tools that counties can use to take immediate action on climate change through: green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure. 

Smart Communities Network
The website contains a variety of great resources, tools, links to articles and publications, and community success stories on a variety of topics, including community energy, green development, and sustainable business.

Sustainable Communities

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution.

Walk Score
Walk Score uses a patent-pending system to measure the walkability of an address, in order to help people find a walkable place to live. This site provides a list of the most walkable neighborhoods in the United States and information on the benefits of living in a walkable city.

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Energy Efficiency

Blue Green Alliance
The BlueGreen Alliance advocates the growth in the number and quality of jobs in the clean economy by expanding a broad range of industries, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, the substitution of safer, cleaner chemicals, modern transportation systems and advanced vehicle technology, domestic manufacturing, high-speed Internet and a smart, efficient electrical grid, green schools and other public buildings, improving our nations water infrastructure, recycling, and sustainable agriculture.

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project 
Promotes greater energy efficiency in a six-state region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn what SWEEP is doing to help consumers, businesses, utilities, and local and state governments increase energy efficiency.

Texas Energy Efficiency
Provides a general overview of energy efficiency in Texas, as well as specific details regarding energy efficiency programs offered by the state's investor-owned utilities.

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association 
A non-profit trade association of companies and individuals engaged in, or considering engagement in, development, marketing, sales, installation, servicing, manufacture of solar, wind, biomass, geothermal or hydrokinetic energy technologies. Also included are organizations and agencies involved in related research,

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL was established in 1974 and in September 1991, was designated a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This organizations website is a good source of free published research.

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
The MEEA is a collaborative network whose purpose is to advance energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. The site explains the history and workings of various energy efficiency programs related to lighting, refrigerators, clothes washers, and other topics. The Alliance also provides tips on saving energy for consumers and energy professionals.

Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA)
ZWA is an Internet-based environmental research organization specializing in the field of zero waste, where all waste becomes food for nature or another marketplace rather than the traditional fate of being incinerated or land-filled. The Alliance also provides information on associated legislative, legal, technical, environmental, health, and consumer issues.
 

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Additional Government Resources

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center- U.S. Department of Energy
The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) is a comprehensive clearinghouse of information about advanced transportation technologies. The AFDC offers transportation decision makers unbiased information, data, and tools related to the deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.

Austin
Advances local sustainability and climate action by providing leadership and coordination for initiatives across the City organization and the Austin community.

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.

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Green Buildings

Building Green
Provides information to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings

Green Building Alliance 
The Green Building Alliance is a nonprofit organization that integrates environmentally responsible and high performance design, construction and operating practices into the Greater Pittsburgh market. Their efforts are currently directed toward areas that represent ongoing challenges, such as making the economic case for green building, removing policy and code barriers to green building, and expanding beyond green building design and construction to green operations.

Green Building Pages 
Enables building industry professionals and consumers seeking a healthy, sustainable lifestyle to choose building materials that preserve health, the environment, and whose production and manufacture processes promote social equity and economic sustainability.

Green Communities 
The Green Communities organization strives to make affordable, green housing available nation-wide. The web site contains a variety of resources on the topic, including links, articles, model projects, events, and much more.

Green Globes
The Green Globes system is a revolutionary building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management

Healthy Building Network
"The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment." The web site contains alternatives for select building materials, an overview of life cycle analysis, and information on the changes occurring in the building industry.

Regreen
The American Society of Interior Designers Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council have partnered on the development of best practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for sustainable residential improvement projects.

Whole Building Design Guide
Web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The certification has four levels (basic, silver, gold, and platinum certifications) based upon the number of green components incorporated in the building. LEED has rating systems and certifications not just for new construction, but also for existing buildings, commercial interiors, core and shell, homes, and neighborhood development. Visit this site to find out more about green buildings and how LEED can improve efficiency, aesthetics and reduce the environmental impact in nearly any constructed space!

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Home and Commercial Energy Efficiency

A Guide to Energy Efficient Home Lighting 
A home energy efficiency website with many free resources to educate homeowners on energy efficient lighting. The resources highlight energy savings, monetary savings, and important characteristics to look for when purchasing efficient bulbs.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy 
A nonprofit organization with many resources for homeowners looking to reduce energy use and save money.

California Energy Commission 
Californias primary energy policy and planning agency. Much of the information on this site offers numerous resources to help improve the efficiency of homes (such as the energy efficiency guide).

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) 
Provides energy efficiency information for a wide variety of sectors, including government, industry, and others, as well as a resource library.

Energy Star
Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Solar Tribune
Provides helpful tools and resources for people considering solar power solutions.

The Green Home Guide
The U.S. Green Building Councils Green Home Guide presents helpful resources on LEED for homes. The web site provides resources, information, and news for anyone who is interested in certifying a home under the LEED standard.

Better Bricks 
BetterBricks champions the guiding principle that commercial buildings should be designed and operated with energy top of mind. The goal is to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency best practices among real-world building professionals.

The Lighting Design Lab 
The Lighting Design Lab is a commercial & industrial lighting (not-for-profit) education facility funded by major NW electric utilities & conservation partners. We promote energy efficient lighting through consultations, evaluations, mockup demonstrations, and classes.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
Within the DOE, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy contains tips for saving energy in various areas of the home, such as landscaping, appliances, and windows.

Alliance to Save Energy
Offers energy saving tips and information on energy efficient products on the market. 

NAESCO
A national trade association which has been a leader in initiating changes in the market for more effective energy solutions. The website features informative news, events, helpful books, and job postings.

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) 
RMI advances market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewables. The site also features discussion groups and other valuable resources. 

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Product and Company Rating Systems

Alonovo: Intelligent Marketplace 
This site allows users to register their personal value systems (how important various issues are on a scale of 1-5) to measure the social consciousness of each individual. Then you can shop for clothes and other items online and obtain ratings of companies based on your value system. Alonovo is essentially allowing you to define your own eco-label and then find products that meet the criteria of your label.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics 
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. 

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