Rooftop vegetation and gardens are catching on–though there are still many questions about how and when to apply the technique.
Cleantech venture capital investments are small but growing. Monster Homes:
Enough is Enough – some places will make you pay for that big thing.
Developer sells its LEED certified project and it was "certainly a stellar return."
new homes are crappy, greenhouse gas spewing energy hogs – meaning they don’t meet the comparatively weak Energy Star standards. Las Vegas golf courses are
using better water-efficient landscaping to save over 1 billion gallons of water per year.
Regency Centers is teaming up with the USGBC to implement a pilot program aimed at developing green shopping centers across the country (this is badly needed). Wells Fargo passes the
$1 Billion mark in financing for LEED certified buildings with loans ranging from $10 to $225 million per project.
Congress celebrates first green building on Capitol Hill with one building being renovated to LEED Silver level certification and saving energy by about 48%.
Ford Motor Company and Southern California Edison join together to make plug-in hybrid technology a reality.
Santa Clara University was chosen by US Department of Energy to design, construct, and display a fully functional, 650 sf solar powered home.
The Cost of Saving Energy – New Yorkers are working on energy consumption, but some buildings need to go on an energy diet.
Boston suburbs urged to
adhere to smart growth principles or face the loss of open space and dwindling water resources. There’s
money to be made in green ideas; the business landscaped has changed from risk management to chasing revenue growth opportunities. Businesses are
investing in energy efficient measures for the main purpose of decreasing rising energy costs.
Enterprise Green Communities continues support for green buildings by handing out four grants of $70,000 to Los Angeles-based affordable housing developers.
Real estate industry quietly
embracing green development, with 41% of U.S. REITs actively pursuing energy efficiency and green building upgrades.
Business leaders aver that even though companies are greening products of all kinds, buyers are unwilling to pay a green premium ( ed. note = consumers probably think the premium is unjustifiably exorbitant, even with the green components).
Enjoy your green stay: hotels are rolling out all sorts of green programs, in part because customers demand them, and in part because they save money. The
eco-friendly house (and renovation) has gone mainstream, but is it really worth the cost?
90% of Americans think that solar electricity should be offered on all new homes.
Florida home builder decides that all its properties now and in the future will be green certified.
Google Dot Org announced that it would invest about $10 M to accelerate development of battery technology, plug-in hybrids, and vehicles capable of returning stored energy to the grid. Need for
green legal counsel becoming increasingly salient as green claims are brought against design professionals.