ASSOCIATIONS

FSC® - Forest Stewardship Council®
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. [ us.fsc.org ]
Energy Star
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. [ www.energystar.gov/ ]
Lead Safe Certified
To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. It requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider. [ www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/toolkits.htm ]
VGBN - Vermont Green Building Network
The Vermont Green Building Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing Vermont's participation in green building and to promoting the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of green design, construction, and building operation practices. We are builders, designers, developers, policy makers, service providers, and other building industry professionals working together to improve building practices in Vermont. [ www.vgbn.org/ ]
Local First
Local First Vermont members are local business owners, professionals, non-profit leaders and government representatives who are committed to preserving the character and prosperity of Vermont's economy, community networks and natural landscape. [ vbsr.org/local_first_vermont/ ]
National Hardware Retailers Association
The North American Retail Hardware Association has been serving the needs of independent hardware retailers in the United State and Canada for over 100 years. Our purpose is to help independent home improvement retailers become better and more profitable merchants. We accomplish this goal by providing members with a wide array of educational and training programs, financial management resources and human resource tools that are all available online with unlimited access. [ http://www.nrha.org/ ]
NAHB - National Association of Home Builders
NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large. [ www.nahb.org/ ]
Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
The NRLA is an 1,150 member association representing independent lumber and building material suppliers and associated businesses in New York and the six New England states. The NRLA has provides leadership, support, and community for lumber and building material dealers throughout the Northeastern United States. The NRLA is an industry leader in education, legislative and regulatory reform, and member programs and services and produces the industry's largest regional trade show, Lumber and Building Material Expo. lbmexpo.com

The mission of the NRLA has remained constant: "To unite, lead, represent, train, and provide a forum for the successful evolution of the independent lumber and building material dealers in the Northeast." rk MILES is a chapter member of both the Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association (VRLDA) and the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers Association MRLDA). [ www.nrla.org ]
NKBA - National Kitchen & Bath Association
Our mission is to promote professionalism in the kitchen and bath industry and to educate the public on the role and value of working with a qualified professional. To that end, we provide a range of resources to help both homeowners and pros learn everything they need to know. [ www.nkba.org/ ]
International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. [ www.iccsafe.org/ ]