Green Is Green, Says Former EPA Administrator
Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, keynote speaker at the 2008 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, told a group of about 500 kitchen and bath pros that sustainability is both good for business and good for the environment. (Green Products and Technology Online)

Dallas City Council Approves Green Building Code
The Dallas City Council unanimously voted to implement a number of green building regulations, including requiring projects of less than 50,000 square feet to use 15% less energy and 20% less water than the Dallas energy conservation code. (The Dallas Morning News)

Public Awareness of Energy Star Surges
According to an EPA report, public awareness of the Energy Star label has grown to more than 70% in 2008, an increase of about 20 percentage points over the last five years. (EPA)

Portland Home Goes Ultra-Green
Portland brothers Dustin and Garrett Moon aim to build the first home to the standards of the Living Building Challenge, an initiative developed by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council that goes beyond LEED. And they plan to do it on a comparatively modest budget. (The Oregonian)

Green Buildings Are Top Performers, Surveys Say
Studies by the New Buildings Institute and the CoStar Group suggest that green buildings outperform their conventional counterparts in energy savings, sale price, rental, and occupancy rates. (Interior Design)

The Palazzo Las Vegas Named Largest Green Building in the World
In achieving LEED-Silver status, the Palazzo entertainment resort becomes the largest LEED-certified building in the world. Among its features: valet bicycle parking, solar pool heating, moisture sensors to reduce irrigation needs by 75%, lighting occupancy sensors, and high-efficiency toilets. (PR Newswire)

Pill-Sized Plasma Bulb Is Brighter Than Streetlight
Luxim’s tiny bulbs offer 140 lumens per watt, double that of LEDs. (Inhabitat)