White Roofs Catch on as Energy Cost Cutters
Homeowners across the country are embracing “cool roofs” as one of the most affordable weapons against climate change. (The New York Times)

Denver Condo Focused on ‘Attainability and Sustainability’
When the Spire condominium building in downtown Denver opens in November, it will be among a handful of high-rise residential towers to achieve LEED certification. (The Denver Post)

Green Design Competition Aims to Create Self-Sufficient Centers
The Green Community 2008-2009 International Student Design Competition recognizes the marriage of two architectural objectives--sustainability and community space. First-place winner Urban Reef, which transforms San Francisco’s Pier 70 into an area that encourages public gathering and gives way to clean energy and food production--exemplified the notion of sustainability influencing and strengthening community identity. (EcoHome)

Green Roof Professional Program Launched
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities recently launched an accreditation program for pros focusing on green roof design, installation, and maintenance. (Custom Home)

Home Depot, Habitat for Humanity Give Green Building a Boost
The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity International are expanding their Partners in Sustainable Building program to a $30 million, five-year effort to construct at least 5,000 homes to meet Energy Star guidelines or even higher green building standards. (Reuters)

California Design Firm Launches Small Green Home Designs
5 Elements Design’s energy-efficient small-house stock plans focus on sustainability and reducing the cost of housing. (PRWeb)

New York’s CleanEdison Launches Healthy Homes Program
CleanEdison, a national LEED consulting and education provider, has launched the Healthy Homes Partnership program, which will offer free evaluations of affordable housing units’ energy efficiency, air quality, health, and safety. (PRWeb)

A/V Installation Gets Greener
Demand for green products in the luxury A/V market continues to escalate with the introduction of new products, including solar-powered security systems and eco-conscious TVs. (eCoustics.com)

Delaware Joins the USGBC
The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says joining is an expression of the state’s support of the USGBC’s work to promote green building. (The Sussex Countian) 

Inventor Builds a Better Brick
Manufacturer says Aeonian Bricks require less energy for production, stand up to hurricanes, and resist heat, mold, mildew, and termites. (KABC-TV Los Angeles)

OPINION: Greenwashing’s More Evil Twin
A new wave of anti-environmental action is more devious and potentially more destructive than its predecessor, greenwashing; I call it greenbashing. (GreenBiz.com)

Solar Panels Top Maryland Governor's Mansion
Gov. Martin O'Malley and his wife, Katie, have given the go-ahead for installation of solar panels on the roof of the governor’s mansion in Annapolis. (The Baltimore Sun)

Illinois Village Adopts Green Initiative
By offering incentives to developers and residents, Orland Park officials hope to reduce the town’s energy consumption by at least 0.5% in the first year. (The Southtown Star)