Published on May 23rd, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers1
Worthwhile Access to Lists: FindTheBest’s Green Tools
I recently received the following letter from Jonny Kinzele at University of California, Santa Barbara:
“I’m a fan of Green Building Elements, and in fact my university, UCSB, is home to Bren Hall, the U.S.’s first LEED Double-Platinum building.
“I am an active member of Environmental Education for the Next Generation (EENG). The program, founded at UCSB, is a rapidly growing non-profit that seeks to connect children with the environment at a young age. We’ve grown from a small group project, to a nationally recognized program that reaches over 2,200 children in California a year.
“I am also a student intern at FindTheBest, and my work at EENG inspired me to compile a directory/comparison of environmental issue-focused non-profits. I think it is a great way to connect users with non-profits, allow them easy navigation between them based upon specific preferences, and boost the organizations’ visibility.
“I believe it would be a useful resource for your readers in particular.”
I agree; I’ve reviewed the data sets Kinzele submitted and believe they can serve as worthwhile tools for some of our readers. Let us know what you think. The following post comes from Jonny:
Jonny Kintzele’s FindTheBest and its sister site, FindTheData, offer a number of accessible green product reviews, rankings, and reference information. From a comprehensive directory of LEED certified buildings in the world, to an exhaustive listing of sustainable non-profits and greenhouse gas emission data, both sites provide key green tools.
LEED Project Directory:
The LEED Directory is a resource with over 40,000 LEED-certified projects. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, challenges building owners and operators to reevaluate building design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Promoting the research and implementation of viable and effective sustainability measures; LEED has engaged hundreds of thousands of participants, impacting the transformation of approximately 9 billion square feet of building space. LEED offers pragmatic solutions for a variety of buildings, from individual homes in the construction process, to entire college campuses hoping to increase sustainability, or sprawling government offices looking to update old facilities. The independent, third-party review and certification process takes into consideration site development, building materials, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, and water usage.
Users can filter search results by stipulating project name, owner organization, location, or certification level. Further refine by LEED system, points achieved, or project type–whether education or military, resort or restaurant for the results you seek. Sort results by points achieved or certification level to see the highest-ranked buildings that fit your search criteria.
Environmental Non-Profits: Whether you are trying to sneak in a charitable donation for a last-minute deduction before tax season, or you feel galvanized to donate for the sake of a higher cause, turn to the non-profit directory to identify an organization that aligns with your personal philosophy. The environmental subset of the directory lists over 1,000 organizations active in the green sector. Filter results by non-profit name, location, income range, or asset amount. Select and organization type and purpose–which range from pollution abatement and conservation projects to environmental education and beautification services–for organizations engaged in projects about which you feel passionately.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: For greenhouse gas emission information by country, turn to FindTheData’s reference tool. With data on 42 countries from 1990-2008, filter by country or year, or by CO2 or greenhouse gas emissions levels. Sort data by total emissions, or by specific GHG emissions levels: HFC, CH4, N2O, PFC, or SF6 data. Find the worst offenders or the countries most improved in emissions over the past decade.