EPA Names the Nation’s Top Smart-Growth Cities
When it comes to intelligent growth, the agency says the smartest cities are New York, Baltimore, Portland, Ore., and San Francisco. (Grist)

Renewable Power Is Heating Up Fast in California
State regulators expect California’s public utilities to get, on average, 18% of the electricity they sell this year from wind farms, solar power plants, and geothermal plants. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Athens, Ga., Mayor Passes on Green Code Vote
The law, which would require commercial, industrial, and multifamily developers to use building techniques that save water and energy, is not ready yet, the mayor said. (The Athens Banner Herald)

New York to Launch Incentive Program for Green Homes
A new incentive program will offer funds for new houses or substantially renovated households that use at least 30% less energy than conventionally built homes. (BrighterEnergy.org)

ZigBee Beats Wi-Fi in Energy-Efficiency Contest
A newly published GE white paper finds that, between two popular technologies for home area network (HAN) communications, ZigBee is at least two times more cost-effective and efficient than Wi-Fi. (Energy Priorities)

Philips, 3M, Whirlpool Among ACEEE Honorees
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy presented awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the field of energy efficiency. (Sustainable Business)

KCMA Strengthens Green Cabinet Certification Program
New rules for the association’s Environmental Stewardship Program require cabinet manufacturers to use products meeting CARB regulations; bonus points added for chain-of-custody certification. (Prosales)

KB Home Ranks No. 1 in Sustainability Practices Among Largest Public Builders
Biennial report from Calvert Investments finds progress among the green policies and practices of the nation’s largest home builders, but sees much more to be done. (EcoHome)

Proposed Wood-Certification Benchmarks for LEED Fail to Win Enough Support
Multi-year battle over expanding certifications recognized by USGBC’s rating system ends short of necessary two-thirds vote, thus leaving requirements as originally written. (Prosales)

Building Products Honors 16 Green Product Award Winners
Water heaters, solar roofing, and a low-flow kitchen faucet among this year’s honorees from EcoHome’s sister publication. (EcoHome)