The Economics of the Climate Bill
Two economists weigh in on whether the climate bill before the U.S. Senate will create more jobs or cause significant job losses. (Public Radio International)

All New U.K. Homes to be Carbon Neutral by 2016
The United Kingdom will be the first country in the world to require zero-carbon homes by law, starting in 2016. (

States Set Neutrality Goal
The Council of State Governments (CSG) has approved legislation that reflects the promotion of carbon-neutral new and renovated buildings by 2030, as outlined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Dexigner)

Washington State Energy Codes to be Overhauled
The Washington State Building Code Council has approved energy conservation code changes that will tighten up standards for new home construction beginning July 1, 2010. (The Examiner)

Groups Urge New Green Regulations for Pittsburgh
A coalition of labor, environmental, community, and religious organizations has proposed tying city-aided projects to environmental advances and community benefits. (The Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

California Town Passes Green Building Law
Based on a checklist developed by California nonprofit Build It Green, Redwood City’s first green building ordinance applies to all new buildings and residential additions of more than 1,000 square feet. (The Palo Alto Daily News)

Daly City Considers Green Building Ordinance
New residential structures in the California city would need to attain a certain level of sustainability before being granted a building permit. (The Oakland Tribune)

Evanston, Ill., Adopts Green Building Ordinance
The law will require developers to meet energy conservation standards in construction of large-scale commercial, multifamily, and municipal construction projects. (The Evanston Review)

Napa OKs Energy-Saving Expert
A “sustainability coordinator” will oversee efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gasses and serve as a catalyst for conservation programs that will cut nearly $12 million from the California town’s energy bills over the next five years. (The Napa Valley Register)

Austin’s Turbine Law Will Restrict Use to Industrial, Commercial Districts
The city council is set to vote on a draft ordinance regulating the building of wind turbines within city limits. (The Austin Daily Herald)

Bainbridge Island, Wash., Creates Green Building Incentives
The Seattle-area city is the first in the nation to provide development incentives for residential projects aiming to achieve the Living Building Challenge, a program of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. (Sustainable Industries)