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Energy

Energy Efficiency
Green Energy

Water

Water Conservation
Stormwater

Waste

Waste & Recycling
Organic Waste

Green Maintenance

Green Cleaning
Groundskeeping

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing


Transportation


General Sustainability Assistance



Energy Efficiency

DSIRE / NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Department or Program: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)
Most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact  
Email: http://www.dsireusa.org/contact-us/  
Incentives: Yes  

TXU Energy

Department or Program: Texas Brighten GreenBack Energy-Efficiency Incentives
Offers rebates to business customers who sign up for or renew a 12-month minimum commodity contract with TXU. Righten GreenBack will help identify businesses' most valuable project. Rebates are available for HVAC equipment, lighting, appliances, programmable thermostats, vending equipment, tankless water heaters, roofing improvements, etc.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (888) 399-5501  
Email: txuenergy@txu.com   or   http://www.txu.com/contact/email-form.aspx?businessType=sm  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

CenterPoint Energy

Department or Program: Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs
Incentives to service providers who install energy efficiency measures in commercial or industrial facilities. Program offerings include: advanced lighting, upgrades in new or existing facilities, commercial load management program, healthcare energy efficiency program, retro-commissioning, sustainable schools program, and Texas SCORE/CitySmart Program.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (713) 207-2222 or (800) 332-7143  
Incentives: Yes  

American Electric Power (AEP)

Department or Program: Commercial Standard Offer Program
Program pays incentives to service providers who install energy efficiency measures in non-residential facilities that are located within AEP's Texas service territories. These facilities must receive their electricity from AEP Texas Central Company, Southwestern Electric Power or AEP Texas North Company. Incentives are paid for both energy and demand savings, and the installed measures must have the potential to reduce peak summer demand by at least 10 kW.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Russell Bego, Commercial Standard Offer Program Coordinator   (361) 881-5710  
Email: rgbego@aep.com  
Incentives: Yes  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings
Partial tax abatement for commercial buildings that meet LEED standards; application or Tax Abatement
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Ketan Inamdar, Tax Abatement Support   (832) 393-0843  
Email: ketan.inamdar@houstontx.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Tax Abatement
Partial tax abatement for investment in new or refurbished commercial facilities obtaining LEED certification. Tax abatement is effective for up to 10 years, and increases with higher LEED certification standards.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Houston Permitting Center   (832) 394-9050  
Incentives: Yes  

ENERGY STAR

Department or Program: ENERGY STAR program
Information, education, benchmarking tools, and recognition programs to improve energy efficiency. Portfolio Manager is a free online benchmarking tool for commercial buildings.
Location: Dallas   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : ENERGY STAR Hotline   (888) STAR-YES / (888) 782-7937  
Email: http://energystar.supportportal.com/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp?style=classic  

National Resources

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Lets Go Green

Department or Program: Green Products
Sells eco-friendly green products for every home, office or business. Products include paper, lighting, cleaning, trash bags, utensils, cups, BPA-free Bottles, Pest Control, household, and supplies made in the USA.
Location: Conyers   GA     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service/Ordering  
Email: http://letsgogreen.biz/pages/contact.html  

The Detering Company

Department or Program: Green Building Products
Supplies eco-building products and professionally trained staff to offer information and advice on cost-effective green building products.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (713) 869-3761  
Email: customer_service@detering.com  

Green Building Supply

Offers high quality, well tested, natural and ecofriendly building products at reasonable prices. All green building materials meet the following criteria: Non-toxic and safe, renewable, recycled or upcycled, Energy-efficient and Energy Star compliant, meet or exceed US or European environmental standards, good reputation in the industry, personally tested by he company.
Location: Fairfield   IA     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (800) 405-0222  
Email: http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/Email-Us  

National Resources

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Resources
Portal to extensive resources for environmentally preferable purchasing techniques, strategies, policies, training, product and service directories, state and local programs, and more.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Deborah Nesbitt  
Email: nesbitt.deborah@epa.gov  

EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool)

Comprehensive searchable database and environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment.
Location: Portland   OR     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Green Electronics Counsel General Contact   (503) 279-9383, (503) 279-9381 (Fax)  

Environmental Paper Network

Sustainable paper procurement resources including fact sheets, tools for purchasers, calculators, apps, news and more.
Location: Asheville   NC     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (828) 251-8558  
Email: info@environmentalpaper.org  
Measurement Tools: Yes

National Association of State Procurement Officials

Department or Program: Green Purchasing Guide
Guide to adopting a responsible purchasing program, concepts and benefits of green purchasing, recommended steps, proven implementation strategies, and links to other resources.
Location: Boston   MA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact :

ConServe: National Restaurant Association

Department or Program: Conserve Program: Serving Up Sustainability
Sustainability solutions for food service including best practices, educational videos, money-saving techniques and customized action plans.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (202) 331-5900 or (800) 424-5156  
Email: conserve@restaurant.org  

Responsible Purchasing Network

Green purchasing webinars, technical assistance, purchasing guides, membership opportunities, and many more resources and links.
Location: Oakland   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact   (510) 547-5475  
Email: membership@responsiblepurchasing.org  

General Sustainability Assistance

ServiceMaster Advantage

Department or Program: Green Cleaning
Green cleaning services with green cleaning products. Products used are certified by four leading auditors: Envirodesic, Environmental Choice, Green Seal, and Eco-Label.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   South Office, (281) 332-3900; North Office, (713) 722-9088  

The Groundskeeper

Environmentally sound maintenance practices, professional water management, and proactive improvement advice. Services also include landscape construction, irrigation, and tree care. Using emerging industry technologies and make only recommendations that are sustainable and provide actual value to properties. Electronic billing is available.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (512) 462-2311  

The Ground Up

Dedicated to teaching communities how to build more healthy, beautiful, sustainable lawns, gardens & landscapes. Procedures and services are completely organic. Analysis of grounds and soil will provide a customized prescription for your landscaping needs and guarantees that it is 100% organic and safe.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Andrew Jobe, Consultant   (832) 217-7972  
Email: andrew.jobe@thegroundup.com  

Pampered Lawns

Provides sustainable, hybrid, and conventional programs to service commercial, residential, & federal properties. Services offer customized maintenance programs, irrigation installation & repair, tree care management, new landscape installation, compost top dressing, and sustainable design. Pampered Lawns are certified with National Wildlife Federation for wildlife landscaping professional, TNLA, and TCEQ
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (713) 682-7442  

Best Care Cleaning Service

Department or Program: Green Cleaning
"Green cleaning" program helps commercial customers improve their sustainable practices and comply with LEED Certification Standards by using fewer chemicals, less water, and equipment with filters to improve air quality. Also consults with businesses seeking to implement their own Green Cleaning Programs.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Assistance   (713) 429-1318 / Toll Free (877) 694-3319  
Email: info@bestcarecleaning.comÿ  

Green Efficient

Department or Program: Green Janitorial Services
LEED-trained employees provide efficient, eco-friendly products and services to commercial clients, incl. restroom sanitation without harmful chemicals, frequent air filter changes to maintain indoor air quality, and client cost-savings through cleaning-related water conservation, energy efficiency and recycling.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (281) 810-2015  
Email: salesinquiryonline@greenefficient.com  

AMS Carpet Cleaning

Department or Program: Green Cleaning
Provides commercial cleaning services using products that are safe, natural, non-toxic, biodegradable, free of hazardous ingredients, and/or contain low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's). Services include residential and commercial carpet cleaning and water damage restoration.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Assistance   (713) 510-3305  
Email: http://www.amscarpetcleaninghouston.com/contact.html  

Starlight Cleaning Service

Department or Program: Green Cleaning
Helps commercial businesses reach LEED certification by only using cleaning products that are free of any carcinogens, low toxicity, low VOC, biodegradable, renewable, and have recyclable packaging. Provides commercial janitorial services and construction cleaning.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (214) 363-1517 / Toll Free: (877) 663-7727  
Email: info@starlightcleaning.com  

AMB Building Value

Department or Program: AMB Green Care
AMB GreenCare includes cleaning, recycling, energy services and other sustainable processes that help: maintain and improve the community and the environment, protect property's value and reduce energy use to lower utility and operating costs, Keep employees more content, healthy and productive, and enhance you company's bottom line. Offers commercial business cleaning services using only Green Seal-certified environmentally preferable products, recycled paper products, and vacuums certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute's Green Label Program. Offers technical assistance for creating the most sustainable facility cleaning processes possible.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (800) 874-0780  
Email: http://www.abm.com/pages/contact-us.aspx?f=1  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Green Office Challenge
The City of Houston is looking to commercial property managers and office tenants to demonstrate leadership in environmental performance throughout the City of Houston. Participating in the Green Office Challenge allows your business - and Houston - to get a head start on meeting these critical targets. We'll link you to resources that will make it easy to improve the energy efficiency of your building or office space - and save you some real green.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Online form; Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager  
Email: http://www.greenpsf.com/go/community/contact/houston;   Lisa.Lin@houstontx.gov;  

Save Water Texas

Department or Program: Don?t Be A Texas Water Hog
Provides interactive puzzles, games, and teaching materials for educational purposes to help educate children to conserve water in Texas.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General contact  
Email: http://www.savewatertexas.com/contact.php  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Public Utilities Division
Oversees drinking and wastewater operations for the city to ensure that standards of public health, environmental protection, and customer service are upheld. Can provide information regarding Houston's wastewater and drinking water operations.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Help & Information   311 or (713) 837-0311  
Email: 311@houstontx.gov  

The Zero Waste Network

A regional center dedicated to protecting the environment by helping companies become more efficient. Provide rules to reduce production costs by lowering environmental impact. Also, provide assistance directly to facilities by showing them how they can save money by eliminating waste.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Assistance   (512) 904-2281 x273  
Email: http://www.zerowastenetwork.org/ask/cfmailForm.cfm  

North Fort Bend Water Authority

Department or Program: Mobile Teaching Lab
Provides a mobile educational resource to raise a greater understanding of water, awareness about water conservation and efficiency issues. This resource is available for special community events.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Lindsay Kovar, P.E., Water Conservation Manager   (713) 488-8253  
Email: http://www.nfbwa.com/contact/index.html  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Green Houston
"I Care" campaign to encourage Texan employees to recycle at Reliant Stadium. In addition, Houston Texans announced a new initiative with Waste Management, Aramark and Recycle America that will allow fans to begin recycling during Texans and Astros home games beginning in August.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact :

City of Houston Public Utilities Division

Department or Program: Education and Outreach Program
EPA WaterSense Partner offers public education about Houston's water resources and the City's commitment to protecting public health by providing high quality drinking water. Speakers and educational materials for local events, festivals, businesses and environmental events.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Yvonne Forrest, Senior Assistant Director   (832) 395-3790  
Email: waterworks@houstontx.gov  

Keep Texas Beautiful

Department or Program: Youth and Educational Programs
Provides educational activities and a patch program that encourages youth to learn more about recycling and engage in waste diversion practices in their community.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Non-Profit  
Contact : General contact; Angela Castilleja, Program Director   (512) 478-8813; (512) 961-5262  
Email: info@ktb.org;   angela@ktb.org  

Keep Texas Beautiful

Department or Program: KTB Green Events Toolkit
An informational guide to maximizing sustainability at events, which includes promoting recycling and leaving a venue litter-free. Toolkit is suitable for fairs, festivals, sports events, picnics and barbecues, movies and plays, and any community activity.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Non-Profit  
Contact :

National Resources

Center for Integrated Pest Management

Department or Program: Pesticide Environmental Stewardship
Integrated pest management information, education, links to regional resource centers - plus resources for safe pesticide use with crops, structures and landscaping.
Location: Type: Non-profit  
Contact :

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: PestWise Program
Sustainable pest management implementation guidance and technical reports, fact sheets, brochures, funding, grants, awards, news and events. Includes Landscaping Initiative for businesses and more.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (800) 972-7717  
Email: pesp.info@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Design for the Environment
Recognizes safer consumer and commercial products through DfE labeling, also offers technical tools and expertise, defines best practices across sectors, and offers incentives for businesses to participate.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Varies by Program  
Email: http://www.Environmental   Protection   Agency   (EPA).gov/oppt/dfe/contacts.htm   or   dfe@Environmental   Protection   Agency   (EPA).gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Green Seal

Searchable product and cleaning service databases, and other resources promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : (202) 872-6400, (202) 872-6400 (Fax)  
Email: http://www.greenseal.org/AboutGreenSeal/ContactUs.aspx  

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED green building education, certification, case study, tools, and other resources.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : (800) 795-1747  
Email: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Environmental Paper Network

Comprehensive resources, tools and advice on environmentally-superior, cost-effective and responsible paper choices.
Location: Asheville   NC     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (828) 251-8558  
Email: http://www.whatsinyourpaper.com/index.php?option=com_fabrik&Itemid=49  

Green Cleaning

National Resources

Green Energy

DSIRE / NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Department or Program: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)
Most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact  
Email: http://www.dsireusa.org/contact-us/  
Incentives: Yes  

American Electric Power (AEP TCC & AEP TNC)

Department or Program: SMART Source Solar PV Program
Offers rebates to any customer that installs photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes or other buildings. Rebates for program year 2014 has a total amount of $180,000 for non-residential customers in AEP-TCC and $72,900 for non-residential in AEP-TNC
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Anne Castello, Service Provider/project application support; Cece Hyslop, Service Provider/project application support   Anne Castello, (512) 372-8778 x 127; Cece Hyslop (210) 846-3120  
Email: acastello@frontierassoc.com   or   chyslop@frontierassoc.com  
Incentives: Yes  

Green Mountain Energy

Department or Program: Business Solutions
Provides businesses with unique, customized sustainable energy strategies. Green Mountain offers cost-competitive renewable energy and assist in earning Green Power Points for LEED certification.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Business Customer Service   (855) GMEC-BIZ / (855) 463-2249  
Email: solutions@greenmountain.com  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Green Building Resource Center: Solar Strategies
Technical assistance and information on solar technology options, benefits for businesses, and installations at local large-scale commercial buildings.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Houston Permitting Center   (832) 394-9050  
Email: steve.stelzer@houstontx.gov  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Green Building Resource Center: Wind Energy
Information and resources on wind energy technologies and tips in lowering energy costs.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Houston Permitting Center   (832) 394-9050  

State of Texas

Department or Program: Franchise Tax Credit for Clean Energy Projects
Offers a franchise tax credit for up to three clean energy projects. The total amount of the credit to be issued to an entity is the lesser of $100 million or ten percent of the total capital cost of the project. The credit can be carried forward for no more than 20 consecutive years. The entity designated in the certificate of compliance for a clean energy project may assign he credit to one or more taxable entities. The credit cannot be reassigned to another taxable entity.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Comptroller of Public Accounts   (800) 252-1381  
Email: tax.help@cpa.state.tx.us;   https://www.window.state.tx.us/taxhelp/  
Incentives: Yes  

State Energy Conservation Office

Department or Program: Texas Tax Code Incentives for Renewable Energy
The state offers a 100 percent property tax exemption on the appraised value of an on-site solar, wind or biomass power generating device. Franchise tax exemption is extended to manufacturers, sellers, or installers of solar energy devices. Also, Texas allows a deduction from margin apportioned for the purchase and use of certain solar energy devices in Texas.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Comptroller of Public Accounts, Tax Policy Division   Franchise Tax, (800) 252-1382; Property Tax, (800) 252-9121 x5-9999  
Email: seco@cpa.state.tx.us  
Incentives: Yes  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Green Building Resource Center: Energy and Atmosphere
Technical assistance and information on how to conserve energy, implement renewable energy strategies, incorporate benchmarking, and use energy efficient products.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Houston Permitting Center   (832) 394-9050  

Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Department or Program: Energy Sources
Information and resources on various renewable energy sources including solar power, wind energy, hydropower, ocean power, geothermal energy, and hydrogen energy.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Pam Groce, Renewable Energy   (512) 463-1889  
Email: pam.groce@cpa.state.tx.us  

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Energy Star
Provides information, education, benchmarking tools, and recognition programs to improve Green Energy. Portfolio Manager is a free online benchmarking tool for commercial buildings.
Location: Washington   DC     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (888) 782-7937 or (703) 412-3086  
Email: Online   Form:   http://energystar.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23018&_referrer=http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=contact.ct_index&s=footer&s=footer  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Green Power Partnership
Resources for buying green power, top-ranked green power providers, partnership incentives and benefits, and more sustainable energy resources.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : James Critchfield, Director; Melissa Klein, Communications Director   James: (202) 343-9442 Melissa: (202)343-9207  
Email: critchfield.james@epa.gov,   klein.melissa@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Educational resources on renewable energy and energy technologies.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Washington, D.C. Office   (202) 488-2200  
Email: http://www.nrel.gov/webmaster.html  

Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition

Department or Program: Energy Policy Act of 2005
Deductions for commercial facilities meeting specific energy reduction targets as a result of energy efficiency improvements.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of NEMA Government Relations  
Email: kyl_pitsor@nema.org  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Department or Program: Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS)
Businesses may recover investments in certain renewable energy technologies property through depreciation deductions.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Public Information - (IRS)   (800) 829-1040  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Department or Program: Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Corporate tax credit for qualifying renewable energy equipment and systems.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : (800) 829-1041  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Department or Program: Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC)
A per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated by qualified energy resources and sold by the taxpayer to an unrelated person.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : (800) 829-1042  
Incentives: Yes  

Center for Resource Solutions

Department or Program: Green-e
Certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products: an independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market.
Location: San Francisco   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (415) 561-2100, (415) 561-2105 (Fax)  
Email: info@green-e.org,   energy@gree-e.org  

U.S. Department of Energy

Department or Program: DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency)
Provides information on federal, state and local rebates and incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Location: Raleigh   NC     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Varies by state & program  
Email: http://dsireusa.org/contacts/  
Incentives: Yes  

Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE)

Business association of solar energy companies based in New England. Provides list of resources related to solar energy.
Location: Boston   MA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (857) 488-4454  
Email: info@sebane.org  

Solar Energy International (SEI)

Training, resources and services on renewable energy technologies and systems.
Location: Carbondale   CO     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (970) 963-8855  
Email: http://www.solarenergy.org/?s=general+contact+information  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Energy Star
Information, education, benchmarking tools, product information, and recognition programs to improve energy efficiency. Online Service Provider Partner list available.
Location: Type: Public  
Contact : Energy Star Hotline   (888)782-7937, (703)412-3086  
Email: http://energystar.supportportal.com/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp?style=classic  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

SWEEP: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Department or Program: US Dept of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP), with State Energy Program (SEP) & the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
Provides tools and resources to implement sustainable clean energy programs. Energy Efficiency Block Grants available. Service area includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Location: Boulder   CO     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (303) 447-0078, (303) 447-0158 (Fax)  
Email: info@swenergy.org  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Department of Energy

Department or Program: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Program
Funds research, provides information, data and training on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact :
Email: http://energy.gov/eere/about-us/office-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-contacts  
Incentives: Yes  

WSU Extension Energy Program

Department or Program: Resource Conservation Management Program
National energy efficiency and renewable energy clearinghouses providing technical and programmatic guidance, resource accounting tools, newsletter, workshops, and other energy efficiency resources.
Location: Olympia   WA     Type: Public  
Contact : Main Olympia Office   (360) 956-2000, (360) 956-2217 (Fax)  
Email: info@energy.wsu.edu  

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)

Department or Program: Commercial Programs
Promotes high efficiency product design, manufacturing and purchasing as well as information on specific products (e.g., HVAC, Lighting, commercial kitchens).
Location: Boston   MA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information  
Email: http://www.cee1.org/content/about  

Energy Solutions Center, Inc. (ESC)

Department or Program: Natural Gas Efficiency website
Promotes energy efficient natural gas solutions: technologies, audit tools, case studies, rebates and incentive information.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Energy Solutions Center General Contact   (202) 824-7152, (202) 824-7096 (Fax)  
Email: dweiss@escenter.org  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Department or Program: Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Compendium
Online compendium of energy efficiency and pollution prevention best practices and technical assistance, incl. energy audits, workshops, webinars, financial assistance, and implementation.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (202) 299-9701  
Email: nppr@p2.org  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

The Climate Trust

Department or Program: RECs, offsets, consulting
Provide carbon credits, customized voluntary climate programs, and climate consulting services for governments, utilities and large businesses.
Location: Portland   OR     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (503) 238-1915  
Email: info@climatetrust.org  

Groundskeeping

National Resources

Organic Waste

National Resources

Organic Waste & Food Donation

New Earth Soils & Compost

Provides on-site brush recycling and removal. Also provides organics disposal, composting, biosolids recycling, and brush grinding services. Works with waste disposal companies to reduce disposal costs. Provides technical assistance about the processes involved in composting.
Location: Conroe   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Ronnie Fletcher or Jeff Sanders, Sales   (936) 756-4846  
Email: rfletcher@newearthcompost.com   or   jsanders@newearthcompost.com  

Texas Disposal Systems

Provides unique and cost-saving alternatives to the disposal or sanitary sewer discharge of organic-based process wastes. The composting division, Texas Organic Products (TOP), manages waste streams from institutional customers, food and beverage processors and other operations that may produce a usable by-product.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Care   (800) 375-8375 or (512) 421-1300  
Email: customercare@texasdisposal.com  

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Department or Program: Composting and Mulching
Provides guidelines and technical assistance regarding composting requirements, permitting obligations, and permit exemptions.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Texas Office of Waste Main Line   (512) 239-2335  
Email: mswper@tceq.texas.gov  

Houston Food Bank

Department or Program: Industry Food Donations
Accepts large scale food donations from food industry representatives. The Houston Food Bank accepts perishable, dry or bulk products that are: unlabeled or mislabeled, rejected but still safe for human consumption or use, close-dated items, etc. Also offers instructions for how to host a food drive.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Non-Profit  
Contact : Perry McAfee, Food Industry   (713) 547-8649  
Email: pmcafee@houstonfoodbank.org  
Incentives: Yes  

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: WasteWise
Free technical assistance, tools, regional contacts, awards, and other resources to reduce and recycle solid waste and selected industrial wastes.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (800) 372-9473  
Email: wastewisehelp@epa.gov  

Biodegradable Products Institute

Education, information and resources re: compostable materials and composting.
Location: New York   NY     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (800) 274-5646  
Email: info@bpiworld.org  

FindAComposter.com

Free searchable directory of composting facilities throughout North America.
Location: Emmaus   PA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (610) 967-4135 x 21  
Email: info@findacomposter.com  

Stormwater

City of Houston

Department or Program: Houston Storm Water Management Program
The Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) designs and constructs Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) in order to provide increased levels of flood protection for Houston and its citizens. Information of stormwater runoff compliance is available.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Rod McCrary, PE, SWMP Manager  
Email: rod.mccrary@aecom.com  

Harris County Flood Control District

Information on property management and/or maintenance for successful implementation of flood damage reduction. Other resources available for ways to protect local watersheds and compliances for new properties.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Main Office   (713) 684-4000  
Email: https://www.hcfcd.org/contact-us/  

Clean Water Clear Choice

Information and quality requirements for storm water quality controls and management for new development and significant redevelopment.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Dale A. Rudick, P.E., Director of Public Works and Engineering for the City of Houston   (832) 395-2500  

National Resources

Transportation

Texans Bowl Bus

Shuttle service to every AFC game and back for less than the cost of gas and parking.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (855) 725-5928  
Email: info@bowlbus.com  

Houston B-cycle

Membership and fee-based bike-sharing program serving the downtown Houston area. Bike sharing system is intended to be used for short trips in and around downtown Houston. Bikes can be returned tot he same or other station when done. Bikes are used as rentals, bikes used for over 60 minutes will be charged additional fees. Online program tracks members' bike-share carbon emissions reductions.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (713) 865-3662  
Email: info@houstonbikeshare.org  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas

Department or Program: Discounted Metro Q Fare for students, seniors, medicare cardholders and the disabled.
Offers different discount and incentives when using the METRO Q Fare Cards for students, seniors, medicare cardholders and the disabled. Registration is required for some groups.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : RideStore Contact   (713) 739-6968  
Incentives: Yes  

Metro Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Department or Program: METRO RideSponsor Program
Companies can sign on as Metro RideSponsor and will be able to manage METRO Q Fare Cards for employees while taking advantage of tax benefits associated with employee transit programs and payroll deductions for transit fares. Metro Authority will assist in creating a program that is a benefit for business employees and to businesses.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Inquiries   (713) 739-3795  
Email: rs15@ridemetro.org  
Incentives: Yes  

National Resources

EPA

Department or Program: SmartWay
Resources on sustainable freight transportation and supply chain fuel efficiency incl. partner resources, trends and indicators, finance programs and more.
Location: Ann Arbor   MI     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (734) 214-4767, (734) 214-4052 (Fax)  
Email: smartway_transport@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Waste & Recycling

Houston Waste Solutions

Offers many different Waste Management Solutions in all areas of waste hauling, recycling, equipment rentals and sales, nightly hand pick-up services, document destructions services, and medical waste service.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (281) 999-0030  
Email: http://www.houstonwastesolutions.net/contact-us/  

GREENspot DROPoff

FREE recycling of old computers, computer monitors, televisions, laptops, flat screens, DVD players, keyboards, mice, and most other electronics.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (800) 350-3550  
Email: info@greensportdropoff.com  

CompuCycle

Houston's first R2 Certified, EPA-recognized electronic recycling solutions provider. Business focuses on refurbishing equipment for resale, reuse of components and environmental responsible e-cycling solutions.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (713) 869-6700; Toll Free: (888) 314-7922  
Email: http://www.compucycle.net/contact-us-form  

Prime Waste Solution

Provides consulting solutions in waste and recycling. Assist businesses reduce overall costs in these areas by finding the best solution.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Assistance   (832) 900-8100  
Email: contact@primewaste.com  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Republic Services

Department or Program: Electronic Waste Disposal
Provides reliable, safe and cost-effective electronic waste collection and recycling. E-waste disposal with Republic Services may vary by location, and typically include: televisions (flat screens and CRTs), computers and telephones (including cell phones), VCRs, DVD and CD players and copiers.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Business Customer Service  
Email: http://www.republicservices.com/corporate/business/customerservice/contact.aspx  

TechnoCycle

Houston's only BAN Certified e-Steward Electronic Recycler. Meets rigorous standards to protect human health and the global environment. Does not send any e-waste to landfills and does not export e-waste to any under developed countries. Handling of recycle and refurbishment of most kinds of end-of-life technological and electronic equipment such as computer equipment, office/business equipment, consumer electronics/media, PDAs, and batteries.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Contact   (713) 895-7409  
Email: recycle@technocycle.com  

EPC, Inc.

Department or Program: Electronic Waste Disposal
An e-Steward certified electronics recycler. Recycles electronics to collect precious metals and prevent harmful and highly toxic substances from being released out into the environment. Provides customers minimal risks associated with data security and improper handling of end of life IT assets.
Location: Stafford   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service   (800) 235-1046  
Email: http://www.epcusa.com/about-us/contact-us-2/  

Houston-Galveston Area Council

Department or Program: C&D Construction and Demolition Debris Handbook
Offers information on potential savings from construction and demolition debris recycling, plus information on how to recycle and handle certain common construction and demolition materials.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General contact; Recycling contact, Cheryl Mergo   (713) 627-3200; (713) 993-4520  
Email: http://www.h-gac.com/contact/contact-form.aspx;   cheryl.mergo@h-gac.com  
Measurement Tools: Yes

City of Houston

Department or Program: Green Building Resource Center: Construction and Demolition Debris
Provides information and technical assistance on handling Construction and Demolition Debris as well as local locations where construction and demolition debris can be disposed of.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Steve Stelzer, Program Director   (832) 394-9050  
Email: steve.stelzer@houstontx.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Solid Waste Management Department
Provides technical assistance to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Harry Hayes, Director   (713) 837-0311  
Email: swddirector@houstontx.gov  

Q Recycling

Department or Program: C&D and Metal Recycling
Customization of a recycling plan for businesses. Company offers free roll-off containers and transportation fee for scrap metal. They also take unprepared and prepared steel, rebar, plate, structural metals, C&D Debris, and more.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Assistance   (832) 263-0152  
Incentives: Yes  

STS Electronic Recycling Inc.

Handles computer and electronic recycling needs free of charge. STS Electronic Recycling also offers HIPAA, FERPA, FACTA and SOX hard drive data destruction processes.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Assistance   (903) 589-3705  
Email: rtucker@stsrecycle.com  

Lone Star Disposal, LP

Facility incorporates recycling/landfill diversion into its operations. Waste is delivered to site for disposal, and recyclables a are salvaged from waste stream. Disposal practices are accomplished by their environmental commitment.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Dee Ann Hill or Steve Meyer, Sales Professional   (281) 810-9494  

EcoRewards Recycling

Recycling programs turns recycling waste into revenue. EcoRewards provide a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain recycling solution. Resources include a recycling environmental impact calendar, a free waste audit, employee training program, customized equipment assessment, and market-based rebates.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : Customer Service Team   (800) 874-1301  
Email: http://www.ecorewards.com/form/ContactUs.asp  

Solid Waste Solutions, CORP.

Department or Program: Services
Assists with reducing high disposal costs, finding alternative treatment technologies, planning for a new facility, and searching for beneficial use for by-products. Provides waste audits, waste management and recycling plans, training, on-site personnel, management and oversight of vendors, innovative treatment technology, beneficial reuse, LEED, and deconstruction services.
Location: Evanston   IL     Type: Private  
Contact : Peter Lobin, Partner   (773) 251-3724  
Email: peterlobin@wasteaudit.com  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Prime Waste Solution

Provides consulting solutions in waste and recycling. Assist businesses reduce overall costs in these areas by finding the best solution.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Assistance   (832) 900-8100  
Email: contact@primewaste.com  
Measurement Tools: Yes

City of Houston

Department or Program: Reuse Warehouse
Provides a space for excess building materials that would otherwise be dumped at local landfills. Accepts materials from individuals, supply companies and builders, to make them freely available for reuse by non-profit organizations.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Assistance   (281) 814-3324  
Email: reuse.warehouse@houstontx.gov  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Business Recycling Program
City of Houston offers small to mid-size businesses curbside recycling for a fee. The program offers convenient bi-weekly collection with in the terms of three (3), six (6) or (1) year term.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Business Recycling Team   (713) 837-9179  
Email: businessrecyclingteam@houstontx.gov  

Houston-Galveston Area Council

Department or Program: Large Venue Recycling
Provides informational materials and general assistance regarding recycling at large events. Also provides links to toolkits and event guides with information on creating green and sustainable events.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Erin Livingston, Recycling   Erin Livingston, (832) 681-2525  
Email: Erin.Livingston@h-gac.com  

Green Houston

Department or Program: Commercial Waste Reduction
Provides a "Commercial Pick" Decision Tool to tailor a set of program options that can be organized into local plan. The tool identifies program and case studies from similar communities that have implemented successful commercial waste reduction programs. Website also includes links to energy efficiency, recycling/waste disposal.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Assistance  
Email: http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/contactus.html  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Westpark Consumer Recycling Center
A drive-through facility for citizens of Houston can drop off their recyclables. This facility accepts recyclables at no additional charge to City of Houston residents.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (713) 837-0311  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Ellington Airport/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center
Electronic Recycling at the Ellington Airport Recycling Center 2nd Saturday of every month. This facility accepts recyclables at no additional charge to City of Houston residents.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (713) 837-0311  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Kingwood Metro transit Recycling Center
Electronic Recycling at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride 1st Saturday of every month. This facility accepts recyclables at no additional charge to City of Houston residents.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (713) 837-0311  

City of Houston

Department or Program: Environmental Service Centers (ESCs)
Two locations (ESC North & ESC South) are available to accept Household Hazardous waste and other materials such as batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronic was at no additional charge to City of Houston residents.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (713) 551-7355  

Houston Habitat for Humanity

Department or Program: ReStore
Accepts new and gently used building materials of all types from builders and businesses. However, acceptance guidelines are strict. All donations to Houston Habitat for Humanity ReStore are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Non-Profit  
Contact : General contact   (713) 643-1100  
Email: restore@houstonhabitat.org  
Incentives: Yes  

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)

Department or Program: STAR Annual Recycling and Sustainability Summit
An annual education and networking event that brings together professionals improving waste minimization efforts in Texas. The only conference in the state dedicated to recycling and sustainability issues.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (512) 828-6409  
Email: info@recyclingSTAR.org;   http://www.recyclingstar.org/about-star/contact-us/  

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)

Department or Program: Gulf Coast Recycling Council
Provide information necessary for proper recycling and waste diversion.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Non-Profit  
Contact : General Information  
Email: http://www.gcrcofstar.org/questionscontact-us.html  

National Resources

Waste Management Sustainability Services

Industry waste solutions including case studies, resource library, meet our experts page, and more.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (877) 441-3046  
Email: sustainabilityservices@wm.com  

Waste360

Waste management, recycling and composting industry news and analysis, online training and education, industry best practices, and other event information
Location: Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (866) 505-7173  
Email: wecs@pbsub.comÿ  

Building Green

Information on LEED credits, green products and green building case studies as well as national environmental building news.
Location: Brattleboro   VT     Type: Private  
Contact :
Email: http://www2.buildinggreen.com/contact  

Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.

Specializes in environmentally safe and socially responsible disposal of electronic waste nationwide.
Location: Fresno   CA     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (800) 374-3473  
Email: info@electronicrecyclers.com  

Building Materials Reuse Association

How-to guides, best practices, case studies, news, and other resources to facilitate building deconstruction and the reuse / recycling of recovered building materials.
Location: Chicago   IL     Type: Non-profit  
Contact :
Email: http://www.bmra.org/contact  

Construction & Demolition Recycling Association

Find a recycler online directory, news, certification, and other resources for recycling construction materials and debris incl. concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood and metals.
Location: Aurora   IL     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : (630) 585-7530  
Email: info@cdrecycling.org  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: eCycling
Resources for proper disposal of electronic waste, where you live information, where to donate, FAQ, regulations/standards and more.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact :
Email: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/comments.htm  

Ecocycle

Commercial recycling service providing educational and training resources, zero waste guides, and composting technical assistance.
Location: Boulder   CO     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (303) 444-6634  
Email: recycle@ecocycl.org  

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

Pollution prevention and waste management technical assistance: case studies, rapid response research services, relevant regional links and localized assistance through regional P2 centers.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Beth Anderson, USEPA   (202) 564-8833  
Email: anderson.beth@epa.gov  

StopWaste

Recycling (incl/ food and plant debris) and green purchasing expertise and tools: free publications, case studies, guides, posters, vendor lists, funding assistance and more.
Location: Oakland   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (510) 891-6500  
Email: http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=277  

Water Conservation & Reuse

Waterwise Texas

Offer insightful information to nursery industry professionals, municipalities, and water management entities to espouse and promote water-wise landscaping, gardening, and irrigation principles.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information  
Email: http://www.waterwisetexas.org/contact-us  

City of Houston – Public Works & Engineering Department

Department or Program: Consumption Awareness Program (CAP)
Provides consumersÿwith tools to help better manageÿmonthly waterÿusage and bill, including: weekly summary email; usage manager; alerts and emails; usage comparisons; usage calculator; and more.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Assistance   (713) 371-1400  
Email: ucscomm@houstontx.gov  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District

Department or Program: Conservation
Supports water conservation education for children and water use reduction in restaurants. Lone Star Water convenes dozens of water professionals throughout the area as the Gulf Coast/Montgomery County Water Efficiency Network. Site provides conservation tips and technical assistance for efforts to reduce water waste.
Location: Conroe   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (936) 494-3436  
Email: http://lonestargcd.org/contact-us/  

Texas Living Waters Project.

Department or Program: Water Conservation/ Water Use
Provides information about water conservation plans in cities throughout the state and discusses water conservation issues particular to the state of Texas. Also provides tips and resources regarding water conservation and water use on an industry and individual scale.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Non-Profit  
Contact : National Wildlife Federation, South Central Regional Office; Lone star chapter of the sierra club.   National Wildlife federation South Regional Office, Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club, (512) 476-9805 ; Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club, (512) 477-1729  
Email: http://texaslivingwaters.org/contact-directions/  

Texas Water Development Board

Department or Program: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Resources
Provides technical assistance, informational brochures, and workshops to businesses across the state. Also offers water conservation loan programs and tax incentives to commercial businesses.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General contact; John Sutton, Municipal & Industrial Drought Management and Conservation   (512) 463-7847; (512) 463-7988  
Email: customer_service@twdb.texas.gov;   john.sutton@twdb.texas.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Department or Program: Water Conservation
Water conservation/drought contingency plan for new water right or an amendment to an existing water right. Determination is made through reviewing the applicant's water conservation plan and if state water are reasonable and necessary for the proposed use(s).
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : Office of Water   (512) 239-6696  

Texas Water Development Board

Department or Program: Water Reuse/ Rainwater Harvest
Provides technical assistance in the areas of water re-use and rainwater harvest for businesses in Texas.
Location: Austin   TX     Type: Public  
Contact : General Questions   (512) 463-7847  
Email: customer_service@twdb.texas.gov  

National Resources

Food Service and Technology Center

Department or Program: Custom Water Rebates
Water efficiency best practices, rebates, and certification of high performing water appliances.
Location: San Ramon   CA     Type: Public  
Contact : Varies by Program and Area   (985) 866-2844, (925) 866-2864 (Fax)  
Email: http://www.fishnick.com/about/contact/  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

Water – Use It Wisely

Water conservation resources and links incl. business office tips, water re-use, landscaping, fixtures, water-saving products, state and regional resources, and more.
Location: Phoenix   AZ     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information  
Email: http://wateruseitwisely.com/contact-us/  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: WaterSense
Information on water-efficient products, services, and practices, including calculators, rebates, and best management practices.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (866) 987-7367  
Email: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/contact_us.html  
Incentives: Yes  

Food Service Technology Center

Resources including water conservation measures, certified sustainable appliances and equipment, as well as energy conservation information.
Location: San Ramon   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Food Service Technology Center   (925) 866-2844, (925) 866-2864  
Email: http://www.fishnick.com/about/contact/  
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