USGBC Highlights Green Legislative Initiatives
In an effort to spur green legislative initiatives across the country, the U.S. Green Building Council has released "Advancing Green Building Policy in the States: 2011 Victories from Alabama to Wyoming." (Hardwood Floors Magazine)

California Governor Seeks to Extend Energy Surcharge
In a major effort to create more high-tech jobs, Gov. Jerry Brown is sponsoring legislation to extend a state program that collects about $400 million a year from utility customers and invests it in renewable energy and efficiency programs. (The Los Angeles Times)

Solar Decathlon Preview
Teams for the biennial Solar Decathlon next month in Washington, D.C., have released renderings of their ultra-energy-efficient homes. (Jetson Green)

KB Home Launches Green Communities in Bay Area
The production builder plans to build energy-efficient homes on nearly 900 lots in several San Francisco Bay area communities. (Housing Wire)

Still No Solar Panels on the White House Roof
In October, Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar hot water heater would be installed on the White House roof before the start of summer. Now, summer is almost over, the 2012 election campaign is well under way, and there are still no solar panels on the White House roof. (Medill News Service)