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LEED professional credential

U.S. Green Building Council

The professional credential exams measure your understanding of green building design,...

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LEED Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED fully interactive web-based Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development. Provides...

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BREEAM Communities

BRE

This is a tool for improving, measuring and certifying the sustainability of large-scale...

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BREEAM In-Use International

BRE

BREEAM In-Use International is an assessment method which assists property investors, owners,...

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BEAM

BEAM Society Limited

The BEAM (Building Environmental Assessment Method) is the Hong Kong rating tool for green buildings

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INVEST

FHWA

A web-based self-evaluation tool that covers the full lifecycle of transportation services,...

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GRESB Debt Assessment

GRESB

This tool applies benchmarking to enable institutional investors to extend ESG integration to...

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Renewable Energy Toolkit (REToolkit)

The World Bank

It provides a set of tools to assist Bank staff and country counterparts to improve the design...

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World Bank Climate Variability Tool

IRI, The World Bank

This tool allows a user to investigate the historical variability of precipitation and...

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International Comparison of Sustainable Rating Tools

The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate

This paper undertakes an international comparison of global sustainability tools and examines...

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Global Reporting Inititiative (GRI)

Global Reporting Inititiative (GRI)

An international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other...

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LEED Certification

U.S. Green Building Council

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability...

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LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED fully interactive web-based Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction

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LEED Reference Guide for Interior Design and Construction

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED fully interactive web-based Reference Guide for Interior Design and Construction. Provides...

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BREEAM Infrastructure

BRE

A sustainability assessment, rating and award for civil engineering works. It is based on the...

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Green Star

Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

This tool is Australia's environmental rating system for buildings

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Living Community Challenge

International Living Future Institute

A tool to help planners and developers rethink how they design their community-scale projects,...

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NZEB: Net Zero Energy Building

International Living Future Institute

A tool that verifies net zero energy building performance.

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BOMA 360 Performance Program

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

Theis program evaluates buildings against industry best practices

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Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)

GRESB

An industry-driven organization that assesses the environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

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GRESB Data

GRESB

Snapshots of 2016 data on real estate portfolios, _real estate debt portfolios and infrastructure.

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Envision Rating System

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

A framework of 60 sustainability criteria that address the environmental, social, and economic...

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A Comparison of International Sustainable Building Tools ' An Update

The 17 th Annual Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, Gold Coast16-19 January 2011

This paper examines international rating tools for sustainable buildings and recent globaltrends.

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The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability

Harvard Business Review

This article provides a sustainability business case for the 21st century corporate executive and...

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LEED Neighborhood Development

U.S. Green Building Council

A LEED Neighborhood Development first stop reference guide for project teams. It focuses on the...

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BREEAM International Refurbishment and Fit-Out

BRE

This tool allows real estate investors, developers and building owners to assess and mitigate...

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Green Globes

ECD Energy and Environment Canada

This tool is an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design,...

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WELL Building Standard

International WELL Building Institute' (IWBI)

This tool is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of...

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Sustainability Dashboard Tools

Sustainability Dashboard

This tool monitors six key performance indicators to help track and report efficiency...

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Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP) Beta

The World Bank

This tool is a hub of information, data and reports about climate change around the world. 

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Portico, healthy building materials Tool

Google, Healthy Building Network

Building Materials Analysis and Decision-making Tool

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Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP)

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

After receiving training in the use of this resource, practitioners can earn the Envision...

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RiskHorizon'

Anthesis

This tool aggregates data sets to profile risk and/or opportunity to provide structured insights...

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Implications of Place and Place-Based Education for Ecological Intergity and Cultural Sustainability in Divers Places

Heritage Matters Series, Vol.7, Ch 24

Contextual article on human displacement creating a loss sense of place, which in turn leads to...

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LEED Building Design and Construction

U.S. Green Building Council

A LEED Building Design and Construction first stop reference guide for project teams. It focuses...

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LEED Homes Design and Construction

U.S. Green Building Council

A LEED Homes Design and Construction first stop reference guide for project teams. It focuses on...

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LEED Reference Guide for Operations and Maintenance

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED fully interactive web-based Reference Guide for Operations and Maintenance. Provides...

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LEED Dynamic Plaque

U.S. Green Building Council

A building performance monitoring and scoring platform. It measures building performance across...

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BREEAM New Construction

BRE

BREEAM New Construction assesses the design, construction, intended use and future-proofing of...

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BRE Academy

BRE

A provider of blended learning training and education programmes for professionals and employers....

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CASBEE

Japan Sustainable Building Consortium (JSBC

Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) is a method for...

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HQE

HQE Association

This tool is a French certification awarded to building construction and management as well as...

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HERS: Home Energy Rating System

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

The HERS Index is a measurement of a home's energy efficiency

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ENERGY STAR for Buildings

EPA

Verification of a building's energy efficiency 

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Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

A guide to the prevention and control of nonpoint source pollution in Massachusetts.

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Principles for Sustainable Investment (PRI)

UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact

Understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and...

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Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

The FSA Credential is designed for professionals who benefit from understanding the link between...

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Google Green

Google

The sustainable campus operations of Google.

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Community Place Based Education (CPBE)

The Heschel Center for Sustainability

Non-profit website of the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Israel,

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LEED Reference Guide for Homes Design and Construction

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED fully interactive web-based Reference Guide for Homes Design and Construction. Provides...

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LEED Education

U.S. Green Building Council

Educational resources to explore LEED v4, study for the LEED exam, and to earn CE hours

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LEED v4 Rainfall Events Calculator

U.S. Green Building Council Oct 15, 2014

This tool allows you to calculate the percentile of storm events and list low impact development...

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BREEAM Certification & Training

BRE

BREEAM provides third party certification to assess against various life cycle stages of the...

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BREEAM Briefing Papers & Videos

BRE

A library of briefing papers and videos to help industry professionals better understand the...

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Living Building Challenge

International Living Future Institute

This tool is a sustainable building certification program

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BOMA

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

BOMA International is a primary source of information on building management and operations,...

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Passive House

Passive House Institute US

This tool is passive building standard based upon climate-specific comfort and performance...

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GRESB Real Estate Assessment

GRESB

Annual Real Estate assessment that captures information regarding the sustainability performance...

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GRESB Infrastructure

GRESB

GRESB Infrastructure provides assessment, scoring, and peer benchmarking for environmental,...

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DSIRE

N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, N.C. State University, U.S. Department of Energy

Database of State incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the...

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Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG)

U.S. Green Building Council

Information gateway for people, products, and services to green buildings around the world

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Zofnass Economic Process Tool

Zofnass Program, Harvard University

A platform that offers a way to understand sustainability externalities in infrastructure projects.

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2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study

Booz Allen Hamilton

This study explores the economic contribution of green construction to the U.S. market. Impacts...

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Comparative review of five sustainable rating systems

2011 International Conference on Green Buildings and Sustainable Cities

This paper presents the comparative review of five prominent sustainable rating systems namely...

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The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate

University of San Diego

Provides academically reviewed papers on sustainable real estate. The site also includes links,...

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Place-Based Sustainability Education Article

Journal of Sustainability Education

Scholarly pedagogical article re the value of outdoor education towards sustainable thinking

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