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National Organizations

Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)

Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate. To carry out its mission, the Alliance to Save Energy undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy, designs and implements energy-efficiency projects, promotes technology development and deployment, and builds public-private partnerships, in the U.S. and other countries.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.

American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)

The U.S. Government hosted the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008) at the Washington, DC Convention Center on March 4-6, 2008. The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), and the leading U.S. renewable energy trade associations hosted the Trade Show co-located with WIREC 2008.

American Public Power Association (APPA)

The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 45 million Americans.It was created in 1940 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization.Its purpose is to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

Established in 1954, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the U.S.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

AWEA is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry - one of the world's fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world.With over 1,500 members & advocates, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is the hub of the wind energy industry.

Association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education (AASHE)

"AASHE" is a membership-based association of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education in the U.S. and Canada. Our mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education-from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach-through education, communication, research and professional development. Business, NGO's, and government agencies can participate as AASHE parner members."

Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)

The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is a national nonprofit with global impact. CRS brings forth expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Our leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets.

Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)

Eighteen states across the U.S. with established clean energy funds or programs have banded together to promote clean energy technologies. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of members from 16 clean energy funds and two state agencies; it provides information and technical services to its members and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States.

Climate project

"In June 2006, The Climate Project (TCP) began to operations based in Nashville, Tennessee, as non-profit orgnization with the mission of increasing public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level througout the United States and abroad. By April 2007, a diverse group of 1000 volunteers from every corner of the USA had been trained to present a version of the slide show on which the Academy Award-winning flim, "An Inconvenient Truth" is based."

Earth 911

This website has a tool to find a recycling or re-use location at the top of its page. Type in the material that needs to be recycled and a zip code to locate the nearest place that will accept the material. From the website: "Both the Earth911.com site and 1-800-CLEANUP toll-free hotline are provided at no cost to the user or taxpayer. Earth 911 centralizes information and resources into a single user-friendly, neutral and non-governmental network."

EnviroLink Network

“a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991”

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a non-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress to provide timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.

Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)

As the global community grows, so does the need for energy. With the peak production of oil approaching, new and innovative energy solutions will be needed.

Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)

The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of companies that support the expanded use of geothermal energy and the development of geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses. Our members have offices or operations in many states and in numerous countries throughout the world.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

IREC, formed in 1982 as a non-profit organization, supports market-oriented services targeted at education, coordination, procurement, the adoption and implementation of uniform guidelines and standards, workforce development, and consumer protection.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

NARUC is an association representing the State public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, gas, telecommunications, water, and transportation, throughout the country. As regulators, our members are charged with protecting the public and ensuring that rates charged by regulated utilities are fair, just, and reasonable.

National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is the only nonprofit organization that represents the Governor designated energy officials from each state and territory. The organization was created to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and be a repository of information on energy issues of concern to the states and their citizens.

National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)

NASUCA is an association of 44 consumer advocates in 40 states and the District of Columbia. NASUCA's members are designated by the laws of their respective jurisdictions to represent the interests of utility consumers before state and federal regulators and in the courts.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

Since 1976 the National Center for Appropriate Technology has been serving economically disadvantaged people by providing information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives. During the organization's rich and varied history, NCAT projects have ranged from low-tech to high-tech, addressing complex issues of housing, economics, and environmental quality. Weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products and providing information on building construction are just a few of the many ways that NCAT has contributed to fostering healthy quality of life for everyone.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

The National Conference of State Legislatures was founded in 1975 with the conviction that legislative service is one of democracy's worthiest pursuits. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.

National Hydropower Association (NHA)

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is a nonprofit national association dedicated exclusively to advancing the interests of the hydropower industry. It seeks to secure hydropower's place as a climate-friendly, renewable and reliable energy source that serves national environmental and energy policy objectives.NHA unites the diverse North American hydropower community, providing a powerful advocacy voice among U.S. decision makers, the general public and the international community. Through membership, individuals and organizations gain access to regulatory bodies, influence over energy and environmental policy and a means to exchange valuable information with one's peers.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. The NRECA Board of Directors oversees the association’s activities and consists of 47 members, one from each state in which there is an electric distribution cooperative. The chief spokesman for the nation’s electric cooperatives is NRECA Chief Executive Officer Glenn English.

National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC)

A U.S. consensus-based collaborative formed in 1994, the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) identifies issues that affect the use of wind power, establishes dialogue among key stakeholders, and catalyzes appropriate activities to support the development of environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial markets for wind power. NWCC members include representatives from electric utilities and support organizations, state legislatures, state utility commissions, consumer advocacy offices, wind equipment suppliers and developers, green power marketers, environmental organizations, agriculture and economic development organizations, and state and federal agencies.

Network for New Energy Choices (NNEC)

The mission of the Network for New Energy Choices is to promote policies that ensure safe, clean, and environmentally responsible energy options. NNEC collaborates with all levels of government, planning agencies, public interest organizations, government and industry associations, professional societies, labor groups, businesses, and the public.NNEC, formed in 2006, is a program of GRACE.

North American Association for Environmental Education: promoting excellence in environmental education

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. Each member of the board was chosen because of his or her experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP's mission--to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders--is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.

North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC)

Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels. By capitalizing on its close ties with the state government of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, the renewable energy industry, and various non-profit organizations, the Solar Center has developed into one of the premier renewable energy centers in the United States.

Power Scorecard

The Power Scorecard is a rating mechanism that assesses the environmental impact of different types of electric generation. The Power Scorecard makes it easy for you to plug into cleaner power for the future of the planet.

ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest

This organization has been compiling information on fracking and has a number of videos and other materials to explain the process and risks to the environment and the link goes directly to those studies on the organization's website. According to its website, "ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest."

Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

RAP is committed to fostering regulatory and market policies for the electric industry that encourage economic efficiency, protect environmental quality, assure system reliability, and allocate system benefits fairly to all customers.

Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP)

REPP supports the advancement of renewable energy technology through policy research. REPP seeks to define growth strategies for renewables that respond to competitive energy markets and environmental needs. Since its inception in 1995, REPP has investigated the relationship among policy, markets and public demand in accelerating the deployment of renewable energy, which include biomass, hydropower, geothermal, photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind and renewable hydrogen. The organization offers a platform from which experts in the field can examine issues of medium-to long-term importance to policy makers, green energy entrepreneurs, and environmental advocates.

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Rocky Mountain Institute ® (RMI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1982 by resource analysts L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins. What began as a small group of colleagues focusing on energy policy has since grown into a broad-based institution with approximately eighty full-time staff, an annual budget of nearly $12 million (over half of it earned through programmatic enterprise), and a global reach.

Second nature, education for sustainability

“…founded in Boston in 1993 by a small group of forward-thinking leaders that included Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA), Teresa Heinz Kerry, Bruce Droste, and others. This group sought to establish an organization dedicated to bringing about the change in society that is vital to the success and livelihood of every current and future living being: a change for a just and sustainable future.”

Sierra Club

“The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.” There are chapters in many states, including New Jersey.

Solar Alliance

The Solar Alliance is a state-based advocacy group of companies involved in the design, manufacture, construction and financing of PV systems. We have active campaigns in the following targeted states: California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. We are also considering strategic efforts in Ohio and New York. States are selected based on the potential size of the state solar market, local interest and support for solar, and political commitment by state leaders and/or utilities to advance the utilization of solar systems. The Alliance works closely with SEIA on federal policy and with Vote Solar and state trade associations such as CALSEIA, AriSEIA, TREIA and others on local initiatives. Board Members

Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs)

The Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) is one of the major projects of the U.S. DOE’s Solar America Initiative (SAI) Market Transformation (MT) efforts. The goal of SAI is to reduce the cost of the solar photovoltaic ( PV) technologies so that they become cost competitive by 2015 with installed capacity targets of 5-10 gigawatts (GW). The SAI is directed to accelerate commercialization of PV system R&D to meet cost and installed capacity goals. To complement the R&D activities, the DOE also conducts Market Transformation efforts to reduce market barriers and promote market expansion of solar PV technologies.

Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

The Solar Electric Power Association is a nonprofit organization, formed in 1992 as the Utility Photovoltaic Group. From national events to one-on-one assistance, SEPA is the go-to resource for unbiased and actionable solar intelligence. SEPA is comprised of 375 utility and solar industry members. Breaking down information overload into business reality, SEPA takes the time and risk out of implementing solar business plans and helps turn new technologies into new opportunities.

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Solar energy is the cleanest, most abundant, renewable energy source available. And the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources shining across the nation. Today's technology allows us to capture this power in several ways giving the public and commercial entities flexible ways to employ both the heat and light of the sun.

Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC)

The modern solar industry was founded in 1974, following the original oil embargo of the previous year. In the years which followed, energy in all its forms became a national priority.

Southface Energy Institute

Southface is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. With a longstanding reputation for providing sound environmental education and outreach programs, Southface has been recognized for excellence by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Institute of Architects, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Georgia Environmental Council, Earth Share of Georgia and numerous other industry and community organizations. Southface began as a grassroots organization, and memberships and sponsorships continue to support our efforts.

U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association (USCHPA)

The U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association (USCHPA) brings together diverse market interests to promote the growth of clean, efficient local energy generation in the United States. It is a private, non-profit 501(c)6 trade association, originally formed in 1999 to promote the merits of combined heat and power (CHP) and to achieve public policy support for CHP. In 2007, the association expanded its focus to include advocacy not only for combined heat and power, but also for recycled energy, bioenergy, and other local generation sources that lead to a demonstrable reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. USCHPA is working to achieve the goal of a cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable national energy system.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. This organization created the LEEDS rating system for certifiying buildings for sustainability.

U.S. Green Building Initiative

The Green Building Initiative™ was originally conceived as a way to bring green building into the mainstream by helping local Home Builder Associations (HBAs) develop green building programs modeled after the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Model Green Home Building Guidelines. While developing a strategic partnership with the NAHB, an opportunity emerged to bring a revolutionary learning tool developed in Canada to commercial builders in the United States. Near the end of 2004, the GBI finalized an agreement to bring the Green Globes™ environmental assessment and rating tool into the U.S. market.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) - Renewable Electricity Toolkit

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

Vote Solar Initiative

The Vote Solar Initiative is a non-profit organization with the mission of stopping global warming and increasing energy independence by bringing solar energy into the mainstream