Guest Commentary: The Art of Transparency
Avoid greenwashing by being open and honest with your customers. (EcoHome)

NAHB Codifies National Green Building Standard
The National Association of Home Builders gained a feather in its cap last week when its National Green Building Standard, also known as ICC-700, was formally approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). With this accreditation, the new green standard joins rank with other well-known programs overseen by ANSI, including the globally-recognized ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems. (Builder)

Dark Days for Green Energy
The credit crisis has sent installations of wind and solar power—which had been growing at a blistering pace—plummeting. (New York Times)

California Town Enacts Strict Restrictions, Punishments for Water Use
Bolinas, an oceanside enclave in Marin County, has enacted some of California’s toughest water restrictions. Each customer—with the exception of schools and some businesses—may use no more than 150 gallons a day. A third violation of the order would allow the utility to cut off water. (San Francisco Chronicle)

State of Green Business 2009
GreenBiz’s second annual State of Green Business report is a mixed bag of encouraging and discouraging news. (GreenBiz)

Obama Ordering Energy-Efficient Standards to be Set for Household, Commercial Appliances
Eager to show action on the energy front, President Barack Obama ordered his government on Thursday to establish higher efficiency standards for everyday household appliances such as dishwashers, lamps and microwave ovens. (AP)

Boxer Pushes Clean Energy Bill as Another Kind of Stimulus
Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would draft a new climate bill that would help consumers avoid higher prices and create new jobs in clean energy. (McClatchy Washington Bureau)