Environmentally Minded Marylanders Restrained By Covenants
As greening becomes more mainstream and is encouraged through tax incentives, more people are running afoul of their neighbors, associations, and historic preservationists. The main issue with rain barrels, solar panels, wind turbines, new windows, and clotheslines seems to be aesthetics. (The Baltimore Sun)

GreenLending Specialist Designation Program Launches Nationally
For lenders, the designation will provide credibility and access to thousands of green professionals, such as NAHB Certified Green Professionals, USGBC LEED APs, EcoBrokers, and hundreds of other regional and local green building professionals. (BusinessWire)

California Town Gives Builders Incentives to Go Green
The Big Bear Lake City Council has adopted a voluntary green building code for residential construction with incentives such as expedited plan checks and priority building inspections. (Big Bear Grizzly)

North Carolina HBA Tops in NAHB Certification
The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association’s Green Building Council (GBC) had the most National Green Building Standard-certified green projects in the country last year, according to the NAHB. (Cape Fear Business News)

The White House Takes Aim at LEED Certification
Hoping to show that reducing energy use and leading a greener life really aren’t that hard, the Federal Energy Management Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality are leading the effort to upgrade the American icon to more energy-efficient equipment, improve procurement, reduce waste and toxins, and lower the overall carbon footprint of the complex. (Inhabitat)

Georgia, Tennessee Among Seven States Chosen for Solar Energy Study
The states will participate in a project aimed at determining how to use the sun's power in their specific, county-by-county, geographic and economic situations. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Home Solar Prices Falling, Even As Rebates Shrink
The price of residential solar power is dropping, thanks to lower installation costs and a glut in the supply of key components. (San Jose Mercury News)

Home Buyers Want Green Features, but at the Right Price, Study Says
Survey of NAHB members reveals that consumers won’t pay more than 2% more for eco-friendly products and construction. (EcoHome)

Senate Bill Would Establish Formaldehyde Ceilings for Composite Wood Products
Modeled after CARB regulations, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act would limit formaldehyde levels and require third-party certification. (EcoHome)

Portland, Ore., Establishes Eco-Districts
Progressive city takes neighborhood-scale approach to reducing greenhouse gases. (Builder)

Builders Don’t Tell Buyers About Homes’ Green Features, Study Shows
J.D. Power study shows limited green marketing, but increase in home quality and customer satisfaction. (EcoHome)