- 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."
Crappy GHG Homes, Water-efficient Golf, Green Retail Centers + Wells Fargo's $1B in Green Lending (WIR)
- 88% of 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.
Capitol Hill Green Building, Ford's Plug-in Hybrid, SCU's Solar Home + Putting Buildings on an Energy Diet (WIR)
- 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.
Smart Growth, Valuable Green Ideas, Energy Efficiency Investments + Affordable Green Developments (WIR)
- 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.
REITs Going Greener, Consumers Priced Out of Green Products, Greener Hotels, and Eco-friendly Home Costing (WIR)
- 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?
Americans Want Solar, Florida Green Builder, Google's Plug-in Investment + Green Design Litigation (WIR)
- Nearly 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.