Green Building Product Sales to Surpass $80 Billion in 2013
A report released by research firm The Freedonia Group estimates the U.S. market for green building materials will exceed $80 billion by 2013, with a predicted 7.2% annual increase from $57 billion in 2008. Much of the growth, however, will be driven primarily by the overall recovery of the residential market, according to a statement. (EcoHome)

EPA Unveils Top 25 U.S. Cities With Most Energy Star Buildings
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Dallas-Fort Worth top list of U.S. metro areas with the largest number of buildings in 2008 that have earned EPA’s Energy Star designation. (Energy Star)

Major Green Building Councils Move to Collaborate
Green building councils in Australia, the UK, and the U.S. signed an agreement to develop common metrics for measuring carbon emissions from new homes and office buildings. (earth2tech)

Green Push Stalled by Weakened Economy
As the economy slows to a near halt, environmentally conscious initiatives across a wide spectrum of industries are being put on hold as upfront costs exceed current budgets. (The Business Ledger)

Do CFLs Increase Greenhouse Gases?
A report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. suggests that the energy savings associated with CFLs may be offset by higher heating bills and more greenhouse emissions. (The New York Times)

Austin Signs Up for $250 Million Solar Project
The Austin City Council approved a $250 million solar array that will be among the largest in the world. Advocates said the project will help make Austin more eco-friendly and position the city among the nation's leaders in the solar-power industry, possibly attracting employers. But critics said the project is too costly, particularly in a sliding economy. (Austin-American Statesman)

Three Largest Bay Area Cities Going Green Together
Bay Area mayors Dellums, Newsom, and Reed are challenging local businesses, governments, and regional agencies to work together against the threats of global climate change and a weakening economy by becoming part of the Bay Area Climate Change Collaborative. (