Renewable, Efficient Features Beat Luxury in Today’s Kitchens and Baths
Demand for luxury kitchen and bath items has fallen significantly as consumers opt for fixtures and products that are environmentally friendly and easy to use, according to the recently released home design trends survey by the American Institute of Architects. (Builder)

HUD Secretary Wants Mortgage Incentives for Energy-Efficient Homes
Shaun Donovan says mortgages should come with lower rates or better terms to encourage purchases and retrofits that save energy. (LA Times)

Greenwashing Affects 98% of Products 
Between 2007 and 2009, the in-store availability of so-called green products increased between 40% and 176%, with 98% of products surveyed still committing at least one Sin of Greenwashing, according to TerraChoice Environmental Marketing. (PR Newswire)

Map Helps Virginia Residents Go Green
Albemarle County has published a new map showing where items can be recycled, identifying park-and-ride opportunities, and showcasing green building projects (Charlottesville Tomorrow)

Cascadia Financial Study Shows Viability of Ultra Green Buildings
A new study finds that the most financially responsible design approach to new construction in the mid to long term is a “Living Building,” a building that generates its own power, as well as cleans and reuses its water. (Business Wire)

Consumers Willing to Open Their Wallets to Go Green
According to a telephone survey commissioned by Sharp Electronics, Americans are three times more likely to pay more up front for a product that saves on their electricity bills in the long run than they are to purchase the less expensive product now. (Wall Street Journal)

Green Jobs Blossom in a Tough Economy
Once restricted to crunchy-granola types, green careers are becoming increasingly attractive to number crunchers. (Telegram & Gazette)

Green Energy Bill Advances in Missouri Senate
SB 376 would allow electric companies to recoup costs from energy conservation programs by permitting them to change their rates accordingly—but only if the Public Service Commission deems that the new rates are equal to or less than what the electric companies would've charged if they'd opted to build a new power. (St. Joseph News-Press)