Columbia Forest Products Sells Formaldehyde-Free Plywood to Competitors 
Columbia Forest Products, which has kept a secret of making green, formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood to itself for more than three years, is now beginning to sell the product to its competitors who make wood composite panels. (Big Builder)

California Legislature Takes Aim at Urban Sprawl and Global Warming
The California legislature is voting on SB 375, a bill that would offer incentives to steer public funds away from sprawled development. (Los Angeles Times)

New York Mayor Calls for Alternative Energy 
Outlining his vision for a dramatic reconfiguration of urban energy sources, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg says he is exploring potential for installing turbines and other alternative energy generators throughout New York City, in the water and on bridges and skyscrapers. (Washington Post)

Modular, Factory-Built Homes May be Greener
A group of architects and builders are pushing new ideas in modular housing that they say are the way to a greener future for the building industry. (Green Sage)

Green Architect Michelle Kaufmann Sees Business Triple Over Past Year
Demand for green homes is on the rise, according to green architect and sustainable living expert Michelle Kaufmann, who has seen her architecture business triple over the past year. (PR Web)

Sam's Club to Sell Solar Panels
Sam's Club will offer solar panels and an array of energy-saving products at nine Southern California locations, where the company has created Home Efficiency Centers to focus customer attention on goods for greening their dwellings. (GreenBiz)

DOE Wants Zero-Net Energy Commercial Buildings Available by 2025
The U.S. Department of Energy has launched the Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building Initiative (CBI) with establishment of the National Laboratory Collaborative on Building Technologies (NLCBT), part of the DOE's efforts to develop marketable Zero-Net Energy Commercial Buildings that use advanced efficiency technologies and on-site renewable energy generation to offset their energy use from the electricity grid by 2025. (Renewable Energy World)