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There are many new products entering the marketplace made from recycled materials, such as this countertop sample, called SHETKA-STONE, made by All- Paper Recycling of New Prague, Minnesota.

"Over the past few decades, there has been an increasing awareness that as a society we have to redesign the systems that produce and support our way of life so that we don't continue to squander the Earth's resources. This concept is called sustainability. Before the Industrial Revolution, the only pollutants entering the thin layer of film around the earth came from the movement of the Earth's crust, such as volcanoes and earthquakes. But over the past 200 years, that biosphere has been undeniably affected by the mining of fossil fuels. Nature's cleaning mechanisms, the green-celled plants that cover our planet, cannot keep up with the increase in pollutants."

"And with a new emphasis on sustainability and renewable materials, there is an enormous amount of recycled materials entering the marketplace--from waterproof countertops made from recycled cardboard to interior trim made from wood scraps. All of these products are quite beautiful, taking on the colors of what they were originally and exhibiting natural textures all their own. Unlike plastic, they have some personality. Like a beautiful piece of wood, they tell us something about their origins."

--from The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka

Panelization | Energy Efficiency | Materials | Simplicity | Guides & Standards

Sustainable Sources

Architecture 2030
Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established by architect Edward Mazria in 2002 in response to the global-warming crisis.

Biomimicry Institute
The Biomimicry Institute is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design.

Building Science Corporation
Building Science Information provides objective, high-quality information about commercial and residential buildings. This resource combines building physics, systems design concepts, and an awareness of sustainability to promote the design and construction of buildings that are more durable, healthier, more sustainable and more economical than most buildings built today.

Climate Ark
A climate change news and information portal and archive.

Earth Policy Institute
Dedicated to planning a sustainable future as well as providing a roadmap of how to get from here to there.

Ecobuild America
Sustainable, green and high-performance solutions for the built environment.

EcoHome Magazine
EcoHome is a comprehensive and reliable source of information on green products and practices for residential construction professionals.

Electronic Green Journal
The Electronic Green Journal is one of the first peer-reviewed digital journals promoting an open access publishing model. Since its inception in July of 1994, the EGJ has allowed all Internet users unrestricted access to original articles and book reviews on international environmental topics.

Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
Nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities.

The beautiful site of "the online environmental community".

Environmental Building News
A newsletter focusing on environmentally responsible design and construction, it includes lots of interesting sites on its links from past issues.

Environmental Protection Agency
The home page of the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Great Plains Institute
Harnessing the creative power of cooperation by bringing together key public and private leaders from across the northern plains to accelerate progress on critical development issues.

Green Builder Magazine
Green Builder Magazine is a themed guide focusing not just on the design and construction of environmentally appropriate, cost-effective buildings, but also on the larger topic of sustainable living.

Green Building Initiative
The mission of the Green Building Initiative is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction.

GreenBuilding Pages
A sustainable building materials database and design tool for the environmentally and socially responsible designer, builder and client.

GreenFaith inspires, educates and mobilizes people from diverse religious backgrounds to deepen their relationship with the sacred in nature and to take action for the earth.

Green Footstep
The Green Footstep tool can be used on residential and commercial new and retrofit building construction projects, from pre-design through occupancy.

A website that is devoted to all aspects of sustainable architecture and natural building.

Green Industry Resource
Green Industry Resource is a green building resource directory that includes sources for sustainable products, eco-friendly services, and green industry information.

NAHB National Green Building Program
NAHBGreen helps prepare the industry for the increasing interest in sustainable construction by offering a variety of green building educational opportunities.

Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

Natural Step
The Natural Step is a non-profit environmental education organization working to build an ecologically and economically sustainable society.

NCAT Web Sites for a Sustainable World
Looking for in-depth information on sustainable development? A family of websites created by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) offers information and links to other resources on sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable community development.

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
This is an education forum and its mission is to encourage building practices that protect human health, encourage sustainable resource usage, and foster long-term economic vitality.

Reliable Prosperity
It is modeled after the idea of A Pattern Language, the seminal work by Christopher Alexander and colleagues, and it attempts to define a sustainable pattern language for a bioregion, namely the North American coastal temperate rainforest, from Big Sur to Kodiak.

Residential Environmental Design and Sustainable Architecture
An internet magazine on green architecture.

Rocky Mountain Institute
The mission of RMI is "to foster the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security."

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
The SBIC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional and commercial buildings nationwide.

Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Another resource from those great folks in Austin, this is the online version of their sourcebook, chock full of information, references, and sources for those interested in pursuing attractive, resource efficient, low environmental impact homes.

Sustainable Building Sources
The Greenbuilding Professionals Directory is a place for you to look for a building professional. We encourage all architects and building professionals interested in Not So Big House issues to register with this site. This site also offers a calendar of events.

Union of Concerned Scientists
UCS is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists. We augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.

U.S. Department of Energy
The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

US Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices.

Walk Score
Walk Score's mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. Walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy.

Wiser Earth
WiserEarth serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community directory and networking forum that maps and connects non-governmental organizations and individuals addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights and more.

Worldwatch Institute Online
Worldwatch is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.

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