Green Star Resources & Helpful Links


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Alaska Materials Exchange
The Alaska Materials Exchange (AME) is an interactive, on-line resource for businesses, allowing them to list unwanted, but still usable, commercial and industrial items. Businesses also can search the site for items they are seeking.

Becoming a Green Star: A Waste Reduction Guide for Anchorage Businesses
This comprehensive guide provides information about recycling, waste prevention, purchasing, toxics reduction, air quality, and water quality. Also included is a chapter about education, training, and outreach. The guide provides numerous local resources, tips, and case studies. Learn about all the materials that are recyclable in Anchorage and where to take them. View each chapter individually in PDF or HTML format.

Green Star Tip Sheets
This series of tip sheets was developed in conjunction with the Green Star Standards. Various Standards reference individual tip sheets, which provide detailed information on a wide variety of topics.  Additional tip sheets have been added that address specific industry sectors such as hospitality and health care.

Green Star E-News
E-News is a monthly electronic newsletter disseminated to Green Star members and other interested people via email. Each month, E-News includes information about waste reduction, recycling, air quality, energy efficiency and other related topics. E-News recognizes shining stars, which may include new members, awardees, and sponsors.

Green Star Tool Kit
The Tool Kit offers free and "for sale" items including recycling signs and stickers, Idle-Free Zone signs, award stickers, and other useful materials. Many are downloadable.

Recycling Resources
The most commonly asked questions answered by Green Star staff pertain to recycling. This recycling page is designed to answer the common questions about recycling, including what items are recyclable in Anchorage, where are they accepted etc.

Air Quality Resources
Air quality is an issue that affects all of us. This page offers tips for improving Anchorage's air quality, decribes Green Star's current air quality programs and campaigns and links to other air quality resources.

Energy Efficiency Resources
Energy Efficiency can help businesses save substantial amounts of money in the workplace. This page offers ideas, tips, and resources on how to reduce your electricity bill.

Electronics Recycling Resources
Electronics, including computers, monitors, televisions, phones, and other items, can be recycled in Anchorage. This page provides electronics-recycling information for businesses, households, and nonprofits, including events, pricing, reuse opportunities and regulatory and technical information related to electronics.

Green Cleaning Matrix
This spreadsheet provides information about certified green cleaning products as well as paper products and janitorial services.  The spreadsheet includes local distributors and retailers and lists the certifications each product has earned.

Green Star Education Series
Green Star's Education Series is composed of workshops and trainings on a variety of topics. The events include facility tours, panel discussions, and informational talks on a variety of topics. Past topics include wind power, environmentally preferable purchasing, and energy-efficient lighting, as well as tours of the landfill and wastewater treatment facility. Look for these events on the calendar every other month.

Helpful Links


Local and State Links

Alaska Center for the Environment
Alaska Conservation Alliance
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Alaska Forum on the Environment
Alaska Metal Recycling (Schnitzer Steel)
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR)
Anchorage Citywide Cleanup
Anchorage Hazardous Waste Collection Center and Reuse Program
Anchorage Solid Waste Services
Central Recycling Services
Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP)
Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS)

National Links

Greenversations – The Official Blog of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Earth Day Network
Have a Green Summer (with Earth Day Network and Google Maps)
National Recycling Coalition
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 10)

Air Quality Links

AirNow (USEPA)
American Lung Association - Alaska Outdoor Air Quality
Chicago Climate Exchange
The EcoDriver's Manual
EcoPass Emergency Ride Home (Santa Clara Valley, CA)
Environmental Defense Scorecard
Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at UAA
League of American Bicyclists
Municipality of Anchorage Air Quality Program
National Allergies Board
People Mover Public Transportation
People Mover Ride Match
South Florida Commuter Services Emergency Ride Home
Southwestern Pennsylvania Emergency Ride Home
Walkable Communities, Inc.

Carbon Calculator Links

American Forests Climate Change Calculator
The Office Footprint Calculator

Electronics Links

Rocks, Minerals and Your Computer
USEPA Electronics Recycling Page

Energy Efficiency Links

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Energy Star's Free Online Energy Efficiency Training
Energy Star's Small Business
Fuel Economy
U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Links

Paper Listening Study
The Real Earth, Inc.
Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service
Preserve Products
Unisource Green

Green Gift Ideas

Alternative Gifts International
Co-op America
Global Exchange Fair Trade Online Store
Heifer International

Pollution Prevention/Toxics Reduction Links

Basel Action Network
Battery University
Green Batteries
National Institutes of Health Household Products Database
National Pollution Prevention Week
National Wildlife Federation's Mercury Page
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
P2Rx Topic Hubs
RCRA 101 (created for Florida but still good info)
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

Recycling Links

Recycling at Work
Recycling Factoids

Reuse Links


Renewable Energy Links

Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP)
Renewable Northwest Project
U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Sector-Specific Pollution Prevention Links

Food Service Warehouse -- Going Green in Your Commercial Kitchen
Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Sustainability Links

DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time)
Alaska Building Science Network and GreenSpec
Green@work Magazine
Healthy Building Network
Oikos - Green Building News
Seattle Sustainable Building Guides - great guides!!
Sustain Lane
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
U.S. DOE High Performance Buildings
U.S. EPA Energy Star
U.S. Green Building Council