Green Building Panel Weighs Sustainable Innovations and Shortcomings
While the U.S. has made significant strides on energy, experts say more focus and public education are needed, experts say. (Green Products and Technology Online) 

Reading, Writing, and Sustainability: Schools, Curriculum Go Green
As more schools become LEED certified, green topics infiltrate the education process as much as the buildings themselves. (Green Products and Technology Online)

National Green Building Effort Announced
Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation announced the launch of Partners in Sustainable Building, a national green building initiative. The program will provide funding and resources to assist in making at least 5,000 homes built by Habitat affiliates more energy efficient and sustainable according to nationally recognized green building standards. (PNN Online)

San Francisco Moves to Greenest Building Codes in U.S.
The City by the Bay moved a step closer this week to imposing the country's most stringent green building codes, regulations that would require new large commercial buildings and residential high-rises to contain such environmentally friendly features as solar power, nontoxic paints, and water-conserving plumbing fixtures. (The San Francisco Chronicle Online)

Building Supply Store Taps into Biodiesel
Want an alternative to $4-a-gallon diesel fuel? Vermont lumberyard Sticks & Stuff is taking deep-fryer fat discarded by local restaurants and converting it into a biofuel that powers its trucks for about $1.70 a gallon. (Burlington Free Press Online)

Green Ideas in the Blue Ridge
A new green idea house illustrates Asheville, N.C.'s already-green inclinations and shows that tradition and sustainability combine beautifully. (Custom Home Online)

EarthCraft Honors Green Building Efforts
The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and the Southface Energy Institute recently announced the winners of the 2008 EarthCraft House Builder Awards, which recognizes builders, developers, renovators, and manufacturers dedicated to sustainable design and home building.  (Custom Home Online)

Hamptons Builder Forms Local Green Alliance
Seeking to educate local home buyers and consumers about green and sustainable home building, Bridgehampton, N.Y.-based Hamptons Luxury Homes and its general contracting subsidiary Telemark have formed the Hamptons Green Alliance. (Custom Home Online)

Environmental Group Says Green Buildings Could Stimulate Economy
With energy prices rising, the economy slowing, and worries about global warming growing, an environmental advocacy group says increasing energy efficiency in buildings and homes could help with all three problems. (Fort Mill Times Online)