Efficiency Standards Set for Home Appliances 
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reached an agreement to increase the efficiency of most major home appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and air conditioners. (GreenTechMedia)

Tiny House Movement Growing in Popularity 
The tiny house movement experienced a surge of sorts when a recent video made the front page of Yahoo. But the movement has been growing in popularity over time, especially during the rough and tumble of the last few years. (Jetson Green)

Is the Green Communities Label Too Costly? 
Officials in Milton, Mass., are pushing new, eco-friendly construction rules that builders around the state say will drive up the price of development. But Milton officials, and other advocates across the region, say the extra costs will be more than made up in lower utility bills for individuals and in extra aid from the state. (Boston Globe)

Stricter Guidelines Coming to Clean Up Louisville Stormwater 
Developers will have to do more to stop dirt from washing off construction sites and Louisville-area residents will be encouraged to pick up dog droppings, limit the use of fertilizers, and take other steps under a state proposal for reducing pollution in local waterways. (Courier-Journal)

USG Sets Target to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 20% by 2020 
Building products manufacturer USG has set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and reduce operational waste-to-landfill by 50% by 2020, according to the company’s first annual Corporate Sustainability Report. The company also plans to conduct product environmental life-cycle assessments on 100% of its products by 2020. (Environmental Leader)

Florida Owes $52.7 Million in Unpaid Solar Energy Rebates 
The Sunshine State owes 15,800 Floridians $52.7 million in solar energy rebates and has no immediate plan to honor its financial promise. (St. Petersburg Times)

Indianapolis Unveils Green Building Incentive Program 
Indianapolis government leaders have announced a program that provides incentives for property owners and developers to renovate or construct new buildings in a sustainable manner. (Indianapolis Star)

Smart Money in Real Estate Is on Smart Growth 
Rockville, Md.'s renaissance—including a city-like town square—over the past four years is one example of how the shift toward urban-style living has reached the suburbs. And urban planners insist the trend has legs. (ABC News)

Plans for World's Biggest Solar Plant in Mojave Clears Hurdle 
An Oakland company's plans to build the world's largest solar thermal power plant in California's portion of the Mojave Desert cleared a major hurdle by winning approval of a key state energy commissioner. (San Jose Mercury News)

Tucson Ranks No. 1 in Alternative Energy 
Business Facilities magazine counted the city in its ranking of the top 10 metro areas in overall leadership in alternative energy manufacturing, growth strategy, and development of renewable energy. (Business Facilities)