Seattle Startup Rates Green Products
Eco-rate, a Web-based product and technology rating and comparison resource, helps shoppers looking to make ecologically intelligent choices on a range of products, including autos, dishwashers, paint, and water heaters. (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Obama Promotes Smart-Grid Projects
President Obama has announced a government investment of $3.4 billion to modernize the power grid through a series of projects across the country. (The New York Times)

Congress Battles for Control of Energy Star Program
Sen. Jeff Bingham, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is questioning a recent administration decision that could eliminate Congress’ role in regulating energy efficiency standards for thousands of consumer products. (

‘Cash for Appliances’ Program to Start Rolling Out by November
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is largely expected to approve state-level plans to administer its $300 million appliance rebate program, paving the way for a rollout as early as Nov. 30, appliance executives say. (TWICE)

U.S. Green Building Council to Host More than 25,000 in Phoenix
This year’s Greenbuild, to be held Nov. 11-13, is the culmination of a green movement decades in the making, according to USGBC founder Rick Fedrizzi. (The Phoenix Business Journal)

UL to Offer Category-Specific Green Product Standards
Certifications—based on life-cycle analysis—will provide third-party assurance to buyers. (EcoHome)