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    Bergen, CAP Receives 2012 Energy Efficiency Award

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    Hawkeye Area Community ActionProgram

    One of its weatherization team member insulation a household attic.

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    Community Action of Laramie County

    Volunteers from Warren Air Force Base installing gutters, building handrails,and refurnishing housing for homeless veterans.

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    CAP of Ramsey and Washington Counties

    Journeyman Ken Roath and apprentice Ryan Orvis repairing the roof vent after the insulation work was completed.

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Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™):
a capacity building program for leaders of social benefit enterprises run by Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society.
Echoing Green
Invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions to solve deeply-rooted social, environmental, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach their potential. To date, Echoing Green has invested over $28 million in seed funding to over 471 social entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations.

Blended Value Map
Blended Value.Org is a web site that contains a research report that looks at a variety of different enterprises, including social enterprises that seek to “blend,” in one form or another social, financial (and sometimes
also environmental) benefits in their work.

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1Sky's goal is to build a diverse, society-wide mobilization that will convince the Federal government to take bold action in order shift the nation away from climate change and toward the prosperity of a green economy. 1Sky is engaged in a collaborative effort involving hundreds of national environmental groups, state and local organizations, business, religious, health, social justice and military leaders, scientists, economists, elected officials, donors, celebrities and citizens nationwide to create a coherent and coordinated movement. 1Sky has engaged a network of leading scientists and economists to create the 1Sky Solutions, which include creating 5 million new green jobs, freezing and cutting climate pollution, and investing in renewable energy.

African American Environmentalist Association
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The African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA) is a national nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, promoting the efficient use of natural resources and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement.  AAEA delivers environmental information and services directly into communities and works to clean up neighborhoods by implementing toxics education, energy, water, and clean air programs. AAEA includes an African American point of view in environmental policy decision-making and resolves environmental racism and injustice issues through the application of practical environmental solutions. AAEA welcomes all races interested in working for improvements in the African American community.

American Council on Renewable Energy
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The American Council on Renewable Energy(ACORE) brings together leading proponents and innovators in all facets of the renewable energy sector for the purpose of moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy. ACORE is an organization of member companies and institutions that are dedicated to ensuring the success of the renewable energy industry while helping to build a sustainable and independent energy future for the nation. The primary vehicle for sharing information is convening: organizing and holding major annual conferences attended by hundreds of industry leaders. ACORE has also established committees and working groups that meet regularly to work on specific industry issues and has hosted monthly webinars on the legal issues faced by the industry.

Blue Green Alliance
The Blue Green Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. In pursuit of a clean environment and a green economy, the Blue Green Alliance’s programs include education, working on comprehensive climate change and energy legislation, renewable electricity and energy efficiency standards’ campaigns, employee free choice campaign and Transportation Act Reauthorization.

Biodiversity Project
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Biodiversity Project works to further public awareness and understanding on select environmental issues of importance to build widespread commitment to addressing those issues through individual action and policy. The organization's primary task is to meaningfully engage and empower people to act by making the connection between the environment, their own daily lives and their basic values. Biodiversity Project does this by developing communication approaches and campaigns that motivate more people to protect the environment and building strategic communications capacity within other environmental and conservation organizations.

Border EcoWeb
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Border EcoWeb is an arena where community members can learn what others are doing to understand and resolve border environmental problems. The website contains a directory of agencies, organizations, groups, and projects that are engaged in environmental activity for the border region. The website contains a searchable inventory of  metadata, databases, projects, program activities, grants information, and other useful border-related information.

The Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a national nonprofit organization that links science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. EDF is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are: access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science, the Environmental Defense Fund evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair.

Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group (EWG) uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change. The two main goals of EWG is to protect vulnerable segments of the human population – children, babies, and infants in the womb – from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants and to replace federal policies, including government subsidies that damage the environment and natural resources, with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development.

Global Green
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Global Green is the American Arm of Green Cross International, which was created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Global Green’s work is primarily focused on fighting global climate change by creating green buildings and cities. Global Green's approach merges innovative research, cutting-edge community based projects and targeted advocacy that educates hundreds of millions of people annually, leverages billions of dollars for environmental initiatives, implements ground-breaking environmental policy, and improves the lives of tens of thousands in low-income communities

Green Communities
Green Communities is an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners. It is the first national green building program developed for affordable housing. It focuses on the use of environmentally sustainable materials, reduction of negative environmental impacts and increased energy efficiency. It emphasizes designs and materials that safeguard the health of residents and locations that provide easy access to services and public transportation. Green Communities is designed to help developers, investors, builders and residents make the transition to a greener future for affordable housing. Green Communities offers grants, loans, tax-credit equity, training and technical assistance to give developers and builders the resources they need to bring green projects to life.

Green For All
Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy that closes the gaps in income, opportunity, security and health across the country. Green For All collaborates with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry. Green For All works to innovate policy, develop capacity, build a movement by pulling together workforce development agencies, train young community leaders to be world-class spokespersons for the clean-energy economy, develop business tools for small green enterprises, and advocate on Capitol Hill for green job training for vulnerable communities.

Growing Power
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Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power inspires communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance. Training areas include the following: acid-digestion, anaerobic digestion for food waste, bio-phyto remediation and soil health, aquaculture closed-loop systems, vermiculture, small and large scale composting, urban agriculture, perma-culture, food distribution, marketing, value-added product development, youth development, community engagement, participatory leadership development, and project planning.

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
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ICLEI is an international membership association of local governments dedicated to climate protection and sustainable development. ICLEI USA is a membership association of cities, towns and counties actively striving to achieve tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and create more sustainable communities.

Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability
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Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) describes an estimated $209 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living. The consumers attracted to this market represent a sizable group in this country. These consumers are the future of business and also the future of progressive social, environmental and economic change in this country. LOHAS is the premier organization featuring how businesses and individuals are paving the future for healthier and environmentally friendly lifestyles. It showcases to businesses and individuals that sustainability is a requirement, rather than a choice. They do this through our website, e-weekly, conferences, annual LOHAS Journal, and LOHAS Forum and by serving as the central hub for education, business resources, updated news, and annual business to business gathering of those fostering the LOHAS movement.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology
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The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) helps people and communities adopt technologies that save energy and resources. NCAT helps family farmers, government agencies, small businesses, other nonprofits, and low income organizations learn about sustainable energy, agriculture and community development opportunities. NCAT provides trainings, publications, websites, personalized technical assistance, and telephone helplines along with hosting a number of different local, educational events throughout the country.

New Buildings Institute
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New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve energy performance of commercial buildings across the nation. It works collaboratively with commercial building market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—to remove barriers to energy efficiency, including advocating for advanced design practices, improved technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. It also develops and offers guidance to individuals and organizations on designing and constructing energy-buildings through the Advanced Buildings suite of tools and resources.

Partners for Livable Communities
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Partners for Livable Communities is a nonprofit leadership organization working to improve the livability of communities by promoting quality of life, economic development, and social equity. Since its founding in 1977, Partners has helped communities set a common vision for the future, discover and use new resources for community and economic development, and build public/private coalitions to further their goals. Partners promotes livable communities through technical assistance, leadership training, workshops, charrettes, research and publications. Individuals and groups from local, state, national, international, public and private and media organizations comprise Partners’ resource network and share innovative ideas on livability and community improvement.

Tradeswomen, Inc.
Tradeswomen is a support group for female carpenters, electricians, glaziers, ironworkers, laborers, operating engineers, plumbers, pipefitters, masons, surveyors, sheet metal workers, truck drivers and others, acting together to create fair and safe conditions for women working in nontraditional blue collar jobs.

U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Through its regional chapters, USGBC provides green building resources, education, and networking opportunities in their communities. USGBC also supports green building through its LEED green building certification and rating system and Greenbuild, an international conference and expo focused on green building.

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