Senator Blames Regulations for Clogged Toilets
U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s toilets don’t work and, he says, it’s the government’s fault. (Bloomberg)

Light Bulbs in Spotlight as Senators Lambaste U.S. Efficiency Standards
Conservative lawmakers are seeking a repeal of U.S. energy-efficiency standards they see as anti-consumer and paternalistic. (The Christian Science Monitor)

Home Listings Note Green Quotient
Some MLS systems are starting to incorporate forms for including energy-efficiency and renewable-energy features. (The Denver Post)

NYC Apartment Building Owners Get a Green Helping Hand
A new online toolkit will help apartment building owners make eco-friendly maintenance and renovation decisions. (Mother Nature Network)

Which U.S. Cities, States LEED in Green Building?
Washington, D.C., New York, and Chicago lead the nation in number of LEED-certified buildings. (USA Today)

11 Hot Green Building Trends
Industry expert Jerry Yudelson expects to see considerable interest in green products that promote water conservation and energy efficiency, including fixtures and appliances, as well as energy-efficient windows and doors, certified wood products, and recycled-content materials. (

The Rebound Effect: When Energy Efficiency Sullies the Environment
A growing number of economists say that the environmental benefits of energy efficiency have been oversold and that some improvements in energy efficiency could actually cause more carbon emissions. (The New York Times)

Green Building, Renewable Energy Directories Launched aims to create a standard way of comparing the energy performance of buildings, by providing a searchable library of rating and disclosure information. (Environmental Leader)

2,000th Project Certified to National Green Building Standard
Barry Andrews Homes’ Murphy’s Run community in Maryland reaches certification milestone. (EcoHome)