Obama Taps Bryson for Commerce, Highlighting Green Energy Initiatives
Former Edison chief executive John E. Bryson was named Commerce Secretary, tapping an environmental lawyer-turned-corporate executive in hopes of reaching out to a business community that has been critical of the administration. (The Los Angeles Times)

Bipartisan Legislation for National Energy Efficiency Strategy Introduced
The move would help the U.S. move toward a national building code, finance energy efficiency upgrades throughout the economy, and train a workforce proficient in implementing efficiency technologies. (Sustainable Business)

House Freshman Leads Charge Against Obama's Clean Water Agenda
Rep. Bob Gibbs holds strong reservations about environmental regulations, especially in an uncertain economy. (The New York Times)

Washington State Requires Better Reporting of Green Building Data
A 2005 state law requiring that new public buildings be built to green standards received a lukewarm assessment in a preliminary report that reveals that many of the buildings are not achieving the energy savings predicted at the time of design. (The Olympian)

Maryland Adopts First Green Construction Code in Nation
The legislation authorizes the application of the International Green Construction Code on all commercial buildings and residential buildings more than three stories high. (The Baltimore Sun)

New Mexico Looks to Reverse Green Building Codes
The state’s Construction Industries Commission has voted to start the process of repealing the state’s new green building standards. (Alibi.com)

Maryland County Plans to End Tax Credit for Energy Improvements
Officials say the Howard County program, which spurred a long list of residents interested in the alternative energy systems, has served its purpose and isn’t needed anymore. (The Baltimore Sun)

New Phoenix Construction Code Will Encourage Green Projects
On July 1, the city will launch a construction code that will make it easier for businesses and homeowners to get their projects certified as environmentally sustainable. (AZ Central)

Seattle Tailors a Niche for Green Jobs
The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), the lead agency planning for the future of Seattle's metropolitan economy, wants to make it the world leader in a specific area: the software that helps buildings save energy. (The New York Times)

Seattle Rolls Out New Program to Boost Energy-Efficient Building
The new citywide initiative is designed to help owners and managers assess and improve building energy efficiency and spur the market for building energy retrofits. (RealEstateRama)

Madison, Wis., Expands Green Initiatives
The city is considering an ambitious blueprint to spread the green movement deeper into the community and broaden its goals, which include tapping solar and wind power, retrofitting buildings, buying hybrid buses, and cutting pollution. (Madison.com)

Cupertino, Calif., Adopts Green Building Standards
The proposed ordinance is intended to guide the design, construction, retrofit, operation, and demolition of new and existing commercial and residential buildings. (The San Jose Mercury News)

N.J. Township Legislation to Detail Renewable Energy Facilities
The ordinance creates a section concerning renewable energy facilities as part of the township’s municipal code. (The Bridgewater Patch)