Obama Wins, Green Movement Wins
Barack Obama's election as U.S. president could have a significant impact on green issues affecting building pros, such as building efficiency, renewable energy initiatives, and green jobs. (ECOHOME Online)

Turbine Manufacturer Hopes to Bring Wind Power to Homes
Cascade Engineering announced domestic production of the Swift wind turbine, which can be structure-mounted directly on the roof or side of a home in lieu of a freestanding pole or tower--making it a more viable green feature in urban or suburban settings with tight space and height restrictions. (BUILDER Online)

CertainTeed to Offer Solar-Integrated Roofing Products
CertainTeed, one of the nation’s largest roofing manufacturers, has partnered with a solar technology developer to produce solar-integrated roofing products by 2010. (BUILDER Online)

Builders and Architects Say LEED for Homes Is Expensive
Local green programs are cheaper and sometimes better suited to regional needs than LEED, building professionals say. (New York Times)

In Recession, Obama May Have to Scale Back Energy Plan
The cost of the Wall Street bailout and an expected U.S. recession may impede President-Elect Barack Obama’s efforts to enact a bold energy plan to develop green technology. (Reuters)

Robert F. Kennedy Eyed to Head EPA
President-elect Barack Obama is considering appointing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head the Environmental Protection Agency, according to sources familiar with the process, though he is eyeing several other prominent environmentalists as well. (Washington Post)

California Renewable Energy Ballot Measure Fails
California voters defeated a ballot measure that would have dramatically expanded the state’s use of renewable power. An odd alliance of big electric utility companies and environmental groups fought against Proposition 7, saying it was so badly written that it would actually slow the development of renewable power, not speed it. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Omaha Leaders Will Formulate Environmental Vision for City
The City of Omaha and private group Omaha by Design will meet to create an environmental plan that will establish guidelines for five areas: the natural environment, building construction, resource conservation, community health, and urban form/transportation. (Omaha World-Herald)

In Rust Belt, Renewable Energy Provides Green Jobs
State and local governments are aggressively courting manufacturing companies that supply wind energy farms, solar electricity plants, and factories that turn crops into diesel fuel. (New York Times)

Now Open: NAHB National Green Building Awards
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is accepting applications for its 2009 National Green Building Awards. Information on the awards process, including the mailing address and downloadable entry forms, are available at www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards. (NAHB)