Green Builders Get Creative in a Down Economy
As fewer banks prove willing to lend money for upfront construction costs, many smaller green builders have been forced to find new ways to see their projects through to completion. (The New York Times)

Municipalities Urge Residents to Go Green
Empowered by recent changes to local, state, and federal laws, municipal governments from Long Island to the Bay Area are launching programs to help residents purchase efficient furnaces, weatherize their homes, and install solar panels. (The Wall Street Journal)

OPINION: World's Greenest (and Most Ostentatious) Homes?
New York magazine thinks that the Planet Green TV series World's Greenest Homes is more peacocky than practical. What do you think? (Mother Nature Network)

Former V.P. Al Gore to Keynote USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference
The environmental advocate and entrepreneur will kick off the three-day event in Phoenix with an address on Nov. 11. (Construction Digital)

Sustainability Field Booms on Campus
Educational institutions across the country have seen a striking influx of students interested in the relatively new field of sustainability. (The New York Times)

West Virginia Announces Second Annual Energy Star Sales-Tax Holiday
From Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, residents can save money on purchases of Energy Star-qualified products as part of the state’s tax holiday. (The West Virginia Record)

Consumers Are Buying Green, Study Shows
More shoppers are actively trying to buy green or sustainable products, according to a study from a leading research firm. (Practical Commerce)

California’s Green Building Code Seen as a ‘Good Balance’ for Builders
Associations respond favorably to the water-focused code, which went into effect Aug. 1. (EcoHome)

Corrosive Drywall Victims Awaiting Government Reports
Findings, due this month or next, could result in recalls if hazards are found. (Custom Home)

Tour Touts Green-Energy Jobs
The Blue Green Alliance, a coalition of labor unions and environmental organizations, launched the ''Made in America Jobs Tour'' this week in Cleveland. (The Akron Beacon Journal)

Baltimore Green Regulations on Par With Those of Larger Cities
Baltimore's new green building rules place the city in a league with more than 200 other municipalities with mandates. (The Baltimore Sun)

A Boost for Photovoltaics in California Deal
Southern California Edison has announced a deal to buy 550 megawatts of electricity from two massive photovoltaic solar farms to be built in the Mojave Desert by Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar. (The New York Times)