Funding Resources for Green Schools

Jan is conducting a 1-day “Funding Resources for Green Schools” seminar on Monday, February 27, 2012 as a pre-conference seminar at the “Green Schools National Conference” in Denver, CO. $155/person includes a Green Schools Edition of the “Funding Green Buildings Toolkit”.

Big News!

The 2012 updated version of the Funding Green Buildings Toolkit is on sale! This edition of the toolkit features more than 100 funding and financing agencies that support green building projects (commercial and nonprofit).

New this year–the Toolkit includes 5 case histories from major green building projects detailing all aspects of their fundraising and financing process.

More Info About the 2012 Edition of the Funding Green Buildings Toolkit

The 2012 Updated and Revised Edition of “The Funding Green Buildings Toolkit” is considered the most comprehensive publication of it’s kind. This directory describes more than 100 sources of federal, state, city, county, corporate and private foundation grant funds, loans, incentives and creative community partnership strategies for commercial green buildings (non-profit, municipal and for-profit entities).

Also included in the 2012 edition is information on funding affordable housing projects. Purchase of the Toolkit includes complimentary attendance at any of the 1 ½ or 2 –day Funding Green Buildings Workshops, the password to the Online Resource Library (75 documents) and a listing of green building and renewable resource-related funding resources available in the purchaser’s respective state. Jan McAdams has edited, published and distributed the Funding Green Buildings Toolkit since 2004.

Featured: How to Be Green when Decorating Your Home?

The foundation of a truly green home can start with its decorating. In order to understand green decorating we need to understand some key terms. We need to look for materials that a made from renewable resources like rapidly grown bamboo. We also need to look for resources that are from socially responsible manufactures that do no exploit their workers or pollute the environment. This principal applies to the end product from the manufacturer as well. We need to use end products that are biodegradable or reusable in a non toxic form.

The easiest place to start being green in the decorating process is probably lighting. According to the research from , the best interior design company in Singapore and Malaysia, you can replace traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs They can use up to 75% less energy last up to eight times longer then your regular bulbs.. They give off the same amount of light while using less energy. Outside lightening can be greened by using solar lights. They will produce enough light to brighten a walkway and are completely sturdy to with stand the weather.

When it comes time to change or upgrade the flooring in your home you can use wood flooring. Obviously wood is a renewable resource, you just need to look for wood flooring that is made from wood harvest in an environmentally friendly manner. If you plan to use carpet; you can choose natural fibers like wool or recycled polypropylene. When you tear out your old carpet it is best to drop the carpet off to be recycled. Other natural flooring choices include cork flooring and bamboo flooring. Both bamboo and cork regenerate in nature very quickly and are a good alternative to slower growing timber as a green flooring resource.

When painting a room you can look for the paints volatile organic compound level. The lover the level of volatile organic compounds the more environmentally friendly the paint will be. Volatile organic compounds are a concern because when exposed to air they evaporate into the atmosphere causing pollution. You should also choose paints that are water based if possible. Oil based paint retains various chemical fumes longer than water based paint. If you are choosing a wall paper you should look for biodegradable wall paper paste and use organic paper colored with natural dyes. Window coverings are green when they are made from organic cotton. Organic cotton is grown with less water and is actually good for the soil. You can also use fabric made from bamboo. Bamboo rayon fibers are softer and more energy friendly than cotton.

When choosing furnishings and accessories it is a good idea to explore used items that can be repaired or used in new ways. If you are redoing wood again you can pick green varnishes and finishes that do not cause toxic fumes to be released into the air or your lungs. If you do buy need furniture try to buy local to cut down on transportation related pollutions and from companies that use recycled materials and green logging practices.

Some environmentally friendly products are more costly for you in your initial purchase, but if you factor in durability and energy savings they are likely to save you some money in the long run. Creating a home that exposes you family to fewer toxins also may reduce the number of allergies and air quality problems for the household.