Study: Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill Would Prompt Job Growth
Recently unveiled Senate climate legislation would spark a decade of multi-billion-dollar investments to help overhaul how the nation produces and consumes energy, adding 200,000 jobs per year in the construction of new power plants and through greater demand for biofuels, according to a nonpartisan study. (The New York Times)

Building-Related Groups Speak Out on Climate Bill
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), among others, issued a statement saying that by establishing new regulatory obstacles and detracting from transportation funds, the bill will make it more difficult to cut pollution and emissions from the built environment. (The US Glass News Network)

Contractors Advocate for Home Star Legislation
More than 100 building pros descended on Washington, D.C., to push for the swift passage of the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act. (MarketWatch)

Floridians Left Hanging on Solar Rebates
Thousands of homeowners who installed solar systems expecting to be reimbursed for the costs from the Florida Solar Rebate Program could be left footing the bill, if state lawmakers don't fund the program. (Sun Sentinel)

Community Solar Gardens Bill Passes in Colorado
The legislation, which was backed heavily by the city of Boulder, will allow residents who can't put solar panels on their houses or businesses to buy into community solar installations. (The Daily Camera)

Officials Watch North Dakota’s Emerging Wind Industry
While many residents have embraced wind energy, others think the turbines are an eyesore that could devalue adjacent property and cause health complications. (Associated Press)

New Jersey Town Eyes Wind Turbine Legislation
The West Milford Planning Board’s proposed ordinance establishes standards for the installation and operation of small wind energy systems. (

California Municipality Adopts Tough Green Building Laws
Most new and remodeled homes and commercial buildings in Belmont will need to include features that save water and energy under the city’s first green building ordinance. (San Mateo County Times)

Massachusetts Town Votes Against Going Green
East Longmeadow voters rejected a stretch energy code that would require stricter regulations for contractors building new homes or additions. (The Massachusetts Republican)

Sacramento Mayor Launches Green Initiative
Kevin Johnson has jumped into the region's effort to green its economy. (The Sacramento Bee)

Clark County, Wash., Enacts New Residential Green Building Standards
County commissioners adopted the National Green Building Standard as a voluntary code for builders, who have been asking for a uniform set of green guidelines to appease customers seeking more efficient homes. (The Columbian)