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I've started a new web-site, www.permacultureproperties.com and will rarely post on this blog from now on. As fun as it's been to post about all sorts of random, green related issues and products, I no longer have the time to and I'm tired of fielding calls and emails from people who think I sell solar systems or install landscaping. So I've decided to narrow my audience to what I do professionally with this new site. Hope you enjoy it!

If there's interest, I'm open to adding authors to this blog in order to keep fresh content coming.


Evan T. Little

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

GREEN RESOURCE LIST

  • This reference list is geared towards Southern California and more specifically Orange County, CA. There are many National and some International resources here as well.
  • I will continue to add/remove references as time goes on.
  • Please contact me if you would like to be added, removed or change your information.


INFORMATIVE RESOURCES:

Sustainable USA
This site provides information on climate chance and peak oil and what we can do to mitigate the effects. Transition Town movements are springing up across the planet that seek to engage the whole community in finding practical alternatives to our current fossil-fuel led systems and lifestyles. Their aim is to facilitate communities in the move to a new energy future which is abundant, truly sustainable, re-localized and beautiful.

http://www.sustainableusa.info/

Consumer Reports
Product reviews & buying guides from a GREEN standpoint.
http://www.greenerchoices.org/

BuildingGreen, Inc.
An independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings.
http://www.buildinggreen.com/

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - US Department of Commerce
Provides weather, climate and ecosystem information to make sure individual and commercial transportation is safe, efficient and environmentally sound.
http://www.noaa.gov/

Sustainable USA
Provides information on climate change and peak oil and what we can do to mitigate the effects. Transition Town movements are springing up across the planet that seek to engage the whole community in finding practical alternatives to our current fossil-fuel led systems and lifestyles.
http://www.sustainableusa.info/


OC Green Guide
You’ll find that The OC Green Guide is a reliable, convenient and concise source for over 100 green and eco-friendly businesses in Orange County, including local farmers markets, outdoor activities like nature centers in your surrounding communities as well as recycling drop offs and even spas to indulge yourself with using the best organic products.
http://www.ocgreenguide.com/


GREEN MEDIA:

EcoZone Media
The world's premier environmental media company, is dedicated to pioneering marketing & media programs that generate necessary funds and resources to address critical environmental challenges.
http://www.ecozonemedia.com/

TreeHugger
Leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
http://www.treehugger.com/

Green Planet Films
415 377 5471
A non-profit distributor of nature and environmental DVDs from around the globe.
http://www.greenplanetfilms.org/

Building with Awareness
Syncronos Design Inc.
P.O. Box 1833
Corrales, New Mexico 87048
505 898 9163
A web site, DVD video, and book about the design and construction of straw bale solar hybrid homes.
http://www.buildingwithawareness.com/


ACTION GROUPS:

Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches.
http://www.surfrider.org/
http://www.surfrider.org/southorangecounty
http://surfridernb.com/
http://www.sbhbsurfrider.org/

Trees for the Future
PO Box 7027
Silver Spring, MD 20907
800 643 0001
Through our seed projects and country programs, rural groups have restored tree cover to the most degraded lands. Planting trees helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.
http://www.treesftf.org/

American Forests
734 15th Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
202 737 1944
the mission is to provide action opportunities to targeted audiences to enable them to improve their environment with trees.
http://www.americanforests.org/

Sustainable Harvest International
779 North Bend Road
Surry, ME 04684
866 683 6594
Sustainable Harvest International helps farmers reverse rainforest destruction with sustainable land-use practices that allow them to take control of their environmental and economic destinies.
http://www.sustainableharvest.org/

41pounds.org
298 W. Saratoga
Ferndale, MI 48220
866 417 4141
a community of people working to eliminate a big personal nuisance and environmental hazard junk mail.
http://www.41pounds.org/

Catalog Choice
Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources.
http://www.catalogchoice.org/


GREEN NETWORKING, MEETINGS & GROUPS:

Green Drinks
Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.
http://www.greendrinks.org/
http://www.ocgreendrinks.blogspot.com/

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
800 795 1747
A community of leaders working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. We envision an environmentally responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
http://www.usgbc.org/
http://www.usgbc-oc.org/

Sierra Club (Orange County Group)
PO Box 6647
Orange, CA 92867
714 997 2220
The Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization. Outdoor activities range from day hikes, car camping, backpacking and skiing to trail building and maintenance.
http://angeles.sierraclub.org/orange

American Society of Landscape Architects
1100 Irvine Boulevard (Local Chapter)
Suite 371
Tustin, CA 92780
714 838 3615
National professional association representing landscape architects. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.
http://www.asla.org/
http://host.asla.org/chapters/southca

California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services (CHEERS®)
9400 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 220
Chatsworth, CA 91311
800 424 3377
CHEERS® is a California statewide 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency.
http://www.cheers.org/
http://www.cheers.org/ratersearch/default.htm

Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
Since their founding in 1935 as the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, GAMA has proudly represented the gas space heating and water hearing industries.
http://www.gamanet.org/

Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC)
1853 North Raymond Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
888 641 2677
The mission of the Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) is to provide an opportunity for youth and young adults to learn work skills; develop a work ethic; develop a sense of community responsibility; further their formal education; develop leadership skills; and achieve the self-esteem necessary to enter the workforce.
http://www.occcorps.org/

Oak Canyon Nature Center (OCNC)
6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA
714 998 8380
Oak Canyon Nature Center attempts to instill a sense of appreciation and understanding of our natural world, promote the principles of conservation of our natural resources, and impart the concept of the need to preserve and protect public parklands as well as the natural environment and ecology of the surrounding area.
www.anaheim.net/ocnc

American Cetacean Society
P.O. Box 18763 (Orange County Chapter)
Irvine, CA 92623
949 675 8916
The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.
http://www.acsonline.org/
http://www.acsonline.org/orangecounty

Audubon Society
PO Box 5447
Irvine CA 92616-5447
949 261 7963
Orange County Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society with 2,500 members in Central Orange County. Environmental education and awareness and lobbying for conservation issues are main activities.
http://www.audubon-ca.org/
http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/

California Native Plant Society
408 Robbie Pl.
Placentia, CA 92870-3437
The California Native Plant Society is an organization of laypeople and professionals united by an interest in the plants of California. It is open to all. Its principal aims are to preserve the native flora and to add to the knowledge of members of the public at large.
http://www.cnps.org/
http://www.occnps.org/

California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.
The Fullerton Arboretum - CSUF
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-685
714 526 7198
The California Rare Fruit Growers is a group of hobbyist growers that works to increase use of less-common fruits and to upgrade familiar ones.
http://www.crfg.org/

Eco-Home Network
4344 Russell Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323 662 5207
An on-going living research center that demonstrates ecological living in an urban environment.
www.ecohome.org/pages/index.html

L.A. Eco-Village
213 738 1254
We are a neighborhood in the built-out Wilshire Center/Koreatown area working toward becoming a demonstration of healthy urban community. Our whole-systems approach to community development tries to integrate the social, economic and physical aspects of neighborhood life to be sustainable over the long term.
http://www.laecovillage.org/


HELPFUL SEARCHES:

Green People
425 South 3rd Ave. Suite #1
Highland Park NJ 08904
732 514 1066
World's largest, directory of eco-friendly and holistic health products
Organic food, Pet supplies, Natural childbirth, Beauty products, Home improvement, Hemp, Organic cotton, Holistic health products, Recycled products.
http://www.greenpeople.org/

Five Limes
Part of our goal is to ensure that green consumers have an open an honest dialog with the companies producing the products. As such, we invite green companies to actively participate in the discussion.
http://www.fivelimes.com/

SustainLane
The Flood Building
870 Market Street, Suite 1011
San Francisco, CA 94102
415 392 5263
An online media company empowering people, businesses, and government to go green.
http://www.sustainlane.com/

Energy Star Searches
Search for an Energy Star partner that fits your needs in the following professions; Site-Built Home Builders and Developers, Manufactured Home Builders, Home Energy Raters, Utilities/Sponsors, Lenders
www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=new_homes_partners.showHomesSearch

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
http://www.dsireusa.org/

California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services (CHEERS®)
9400 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Suite 220
Chatsworth, CA 91311
800 424 3377
CHEERS® is a California statewide 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency.
http://www.cheers.org/
http://www.cheers.org/ratersearch/default.htm

National Environmental Directory
Harbinger Communications
112 Glenview St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
A directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the United States concerned with environmental issues and environmental education.
http://www.environmentaldirectory.net/


RETAIL & CONSUMER PRODUCTS:

Green Culture Inc.
32 Rancho Circle
Lake Forest, CA 92630
The primary goal of Greenculture.com is to introduce the mainstream marketplace to a wide array of high quality goods made from recycled materials, ecologically harvested timber, and other earth friendly ingredients.
http://www.greenculture.com/

Ecover
800 449 4925
ecological, economic and socially responsible cleaning products.
http://www.ecover.com/

Voltaic Systems Inc.
252 West 14th Street #3
New York, NY 10011
212 627 5012
Solar bags are mobile power generators, designed to charge your devices without tying you to a power outlet, which makes them ideal for traveling.
http://www.voltaicsystems.com/

EcoQuest International
310 T. Elmer Cox Drive
Greeneville, TN 37743
800 989 2299
Air, water and laundry purification systems.
http://www.ecoquestintl.com/

OluKai
75 Argonaut, Suite A
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
877 265 8524
Committed to creating quality products for our customers while leaving the smallest footprint possible on the planet. Sandals.
http://www.olukai.com/

The Road Less Traveled
2202 1/2 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
714 836 8727
Shop in store or online for cleaning, kitchen, office, clothing, baby, home, literature and more products
http://www.roadlesstraveledstore.com/

Green Culture
Lake Forest, CA. 92630
877 20 GREEN
Shop online for furniture, lighting, gardening, composters, house wares, rugs, solar/energy savers, natural fibers/textiles, pets & wildlife, water conservation and pest control.
32 Rancho Circle
http://greenculture.com/

ClassifiedCircles.org
Redondo Beach, California
310 316 7424
ClassifiedCircles.org puts a special emphasis on helping to stop global warming. The free ongoing benefit auction helps environmental, community, animal and other charities and non-corporate dominated media outlets by providing a way for you to buy, sell and rent goods and services, with the request that a flexible percentage or all of the profits will be donated to these causes. The seller selects their favorite charity, the donation amount (1-100%) and keeps the rest.
http://www.classifiedcircles.org/


AUTOMOTIVE:

ProntoWash
Eco-Friendly car wash company that uses one pint of water to clean an entire car while properly removing harmful elements from vehicles surface.
Find nearest location

VegAuto.com
19895 Beach Blvd #103
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714 552 5533
We offer proven technology to operate your diesel engine safely, efficiently, and reliably on waste and straight vegetable oils. We are authorized dealers of the Plant Drive vegetable oil conversion system.
http://www.vegauto.com/

Extreme Biodiesel
2029 S. Hathaway St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
888 998 7223 Toll-Free
http://www.extremebiodiesel.com/

ZENN Motor Company
85 Scarsdale Road, Suite 100
Toronto, ON, M3B 2R2
Canada
877 817 7034
Plug-in Electric Auto Manufacturer.
http://www.zenncars.com/

Tesla Motors
1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070
650 413 4000
Sells high-performance, highly efficient electric sports cars — with no compromises. Tesla Motors cars combine style, acceleration, and handling with advanced technologies that make them among the quickest and the most energy-efficient cars on the road.
http://www.teslamotors.com/

Community Car
A member-based carsharing service that provides cars by the hour for individuals and organizations.
http://www.communitycar.com/

Phoenix Motorcars
9668 Milliken Ave. Suite 104-197
Rancho Cucamonga , CA 91730
909 987 0815
Phoenix Motorcars manufactures zero-emission, freeway-speed fleet vehicles. It is an early leader in the mass production of full-function, green electric trucks and SUVs for commercial fleet use. Based in Ontario, California, Phoenix Motorcars uses the Altairnano lithium titanate battery, a non-toxic, all-battery solution to eliminate noise and toxic vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution.
http://www.phoenixmotorcars.com/index.html


RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PRODUCT VENDORS:

American Clay Enterprises, LLC
8724 Alameda Park Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
866 404 1634 Toll Free
http://www.americanclay.com/

ArmorLite Roofing, LLC
Innovative technically-advanced engineered polymers developed with GE, its development partner, ArmorLite developed the lightest, safest, most durable and most eco-friendly roofing product ever, increasing home value, saving energy, reducing energy costs, and enhancing the home's architectural beauty.
540 North Golden Circle, Suite 109
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714 835 7575 phone
http://www.armorliteroofing.com/

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
406 King Street East
Toronto, ON
M5A 1L4
Canada
416 971 4494
A small network consisting of public and private organizations, was founded as a direct result of a research project on the benefits of green roofs and barriers to industry development entitled "Greenbacks from Green Roofs" prepared by Steven Peck, Monica Kuhn, Dr. Brad Bass and Chris Callaghan.
http://www.greenroofs.org/

Canopy, LLC.
1540 SE Clinton Street
Portland, OR 97202
503 236 4320 phone
We produce and distribute unique, sustainable surface materials that are as beautiful and innovative as they are durable and easy on the environment.
http://www.canopylifestyle.com/

EcoWater Systems LLC
PO Box 64420
St. Paul, MN 55164-0420
800 808 9899 Toll free
The world's largest manufacturer of residential water treatment systems.
http://www.ecowater.com/

Cork USA
818 986 2002 Phone
14245 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Provides cork products in flooring, wall coverings and giftware.
http://www.corkusa.com/

Oceanside Glass Tile
Carlsbad, CA
A world leader in the design and production of handcrafted glass tile. All Oceanside Glasstile is made from silica sand, an abundant natural resource, and up to 86 percent recycled material.
http://www.glasstile.com/

EcoTimber
1611 Fourth Street
San Rafael CA 94901
415 258 8454
Since 1992, EcoTimber has been the leading supplier of high quality
wood products from environmentally sound sources. We offer a beautiful
selection of hardwood flooring from FSC-certified well-managed
forests, fast-growing Bamboo flooring, and hand-scraped flooring.
http://www.ecotimber.com/

New Millenium Power
29767 Niguel Rd #G
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
949 293 6102
Full-service energy technology company dedicated to significantly reducing costs for commercial and residential clients.
http://www.newmillenniumpower.com/

Solar-Tec Systems
33971-A Silver Lantern
Dana Point, California 92629
949 248 9728 phone
Solar Energy and General Building Contractor that specializes in the design, supply and installation of utility grid-tie solar electric power systems, solar hot water heating systems and solar pool heating systems.
http://solar-tec.com/

REVCO SOLAR Engineering, Inc.
26631 Cabot Road, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
800 274 3638
Full service energy contractor. Dedicated to promoting renewable energy sources and helping homeowners save energy and reduce utility costs.
http://www.revcosolar.com/

Akeena Solar
22661 Lambert St., Suite 204
Lake Forest, CA 92630
888 253 3628
Akeena Solar is a proven leader in the design and integration of solar power systems for residential and commercial customers in California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
http://www.akeena.net/

HelioPower, Inc
25767 Jefferson Avenue
Murrieta, CA 92562
951 677 7755
Specializes in helping you manage your energy consumption, as well as helping you reduce or eliminate your energy bills - whether gas, propane, or electricity.
http://www.heliopower.com/

Vasco Solar Energy Construction
Orange County, CA
714 968 8845
Solar Energy Contractor that specializes in the design and installation of Solar Swimming Pool Heating Systems and Domestic Hot Water Systems.
http://www.vascosolar.com/

SoCal Solar Energy Inc.
23542 Campestre
Mission Viejo, Ca 92691
949 540 0350
Designs and builds solar energy systems, incorporating all available technologies.
http://www.socal-solar-energy.com/

Borrego Solar Inc.
1365 N. Johnson Avenue, Suite 102
El Cajon, CA 92020
619 562 7183
Specializes in commercial, residential and public sector turnkey, grid–connected solar electric systems.
http://www.borregosolar.com/

3 Phases Energy
31897 Del Obispo, Suite 220
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
714 330 0032
The 3 Phases Energy vision is to create or stimulate the creation of 100% renewable energy in our lifetimes as part of a cleaner, more sustainable world. In service of this goal, our company is committed to practical idealism – finding, developing, and bringing to market a suite of climate sensitive solutions everyday.
http://www.3phases.com/


RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Christopher Prelitz, LEED a.p.
A widely respected solar and green building pioneer with over two decades of successfully integrating green building systems. Available for consulting, design charrette facilitation and media.
Laguna Beach, Ca. 92651
http://www.prelitz.com/

Earth Friendly Moving
The country's first comprehensive, zero-waste packing and moving system developed entirely from recyclable trashed mined from local landfills.
3505 Cadillac Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
888.900.7225
http://www.earthfriendlymoving.com/

Go Green Moving
Go Green Moving would like to introduce you to a new concept in the moving industry of incorporating green practices with a high level of professional service. We are the only eco-friendly moving company based in Southern California utilizing the newest low-impact business solutions to assist you with your local or intra-state moves.
Orange County, CA
877.2GO.GREEN
http://www.gogreenmoving.com/

The Big Green Box
A National program that offers companies, consumers, municipalities, and other generators, a low cost, easy, and flexible way to recycle their batteries and portable electronic devices.
125 E. Commercial Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
714.278.9211
http://www.biggreenbox.com/

Path Design

Path Design provides a full range of interior design services to help you envision, enhance, or put the final touches on nearly any design project. We will work with you to identify goals, define your personal style, and implement a completed design.
2204 N Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
714.953.1518
http://www.path-design.net/

Nature Lakes
18800 Main Street, Suite 207
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.894.7496 p
714.505.1875 f
Nature Lakes, an environmentally-friendly company, is dedicated to maintaining man-made lakes, ponds and waterways without the use of any chemicals. Just like nature intended!
http://www.naturelakes.com/

Planet Green
818.725.2596
20724 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Recycling empty printer cartridges and old cell phones eliminates non-biodegradable plastics and metals from entering our landfills. Planet Green's recycling program helps you raise funds while helping the environment. It's free and easy!
http://www.planetgreenrecycle.com/


INVESTING:

Invest Green
We are Financial Advisers who are dedicated to helping socially conscious investors like you align your social values with the kind of companies you own.

1661 E. Camelback
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
http://www.investgreen.org/

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Written by, Evan T. Little

Realtor®, EcoBroker®
Volkl Investments Inc.
949.939.9687 phone
evan@volklinvestmentsinc.com

My other blogs:
Orange County, CA Community
Real Estate in Orange County, CA

2 comments:

Kelly said...

Love all the info. Thanks!

Meena said...

This is a great list. There is also a Global Green Destination Community in Orange County called Greenwala.com. Its a fantastic resource in everything Green. Its a free and open site and for every new member Greenwala plants a tree.