Indiana Development First to Earn National Green Building Standard Certification
Village in Burns Harbor developer protected environmentally sensitive areas. (EcoHome)

Green Builder Named Florida's Small Business Person of the Year
Mary Tappouni, president of Jacksonville-based Breaking Ground Contracting, was named Florida's 2009 Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her work in the green movement. (Florida Times-Union)

Planned Florida City Aims for Solar Self-Sufficiency
Florida Power & Light will spend $350 million to build a 75-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant at a planned city, Babcock Ranch, near Fort Myers. Developers hope that Babcock Ranch will be the world's first city to get all its energy from renewable solar energy. (CNET)

The Promise of a Better Light Bulb?
Seattle-based Vu1 announced plans to introduce a fully dimmable, mercury-free, instant-on bulb for recessed ceiling fixtures by the end of this year. The company says the bulb will last about 6,000 hours and have a price tag similar to high-end CFL reflector bulbs. (New York Times)

Homeowners Choosing to Go Green in San Francisco Metro Area
In recent years, the residential construction industry in counties such as San Mateo has been lifting its environmental standards as home buyers, renters, and local governments have started demanding more healthful, eco-friendly, and economically efficient homes. (San Francisco Examiner)

Architect: "Smaller Is Better" May Be the New Housing Model
According to Ann Arbor architect Michael Klement, nothing short of a revolution is taking place in the way Americans think about their homes. Klement says the new model of housing is to build around the needs of human activity, not to maximize square footage or amenities with limited utility. (Michigan Business Review)

Do Green Building Materials Pose Radiation and Radon Threat?
Reclaimed building materials are a great way to go green. However, some reclaimed materials can be radioactive. (Green Building Elements)

Empire State Building to Undergo Green Makeover
A package of eight projects will together reduce the office tower’s energy use by 38%, lower its annual energy cost by $4.4 million, and decrease its carbon emissions by 105 metric tons. (Green Building Elements)

Renewables Could Represent 90% of New Capacity by 2012
The U.S. still derives the vast majority of its electricity from coal, natural gas, and nuclear reactors, but about 90% of the new electrical capacity that will be brought on line in the U.S. in 2012 will come from renewables like solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydroelectric power, according to a new study from the Prometheus Institute. (GreenTech Media)