California Tops List of States Adopting Energy Efficiency Policies
Scorecard considers building codes, utility programs, appliance efficiency standards, transportation, and more. (BUILDER)

Only 4% of Americans Know That Buildings Are the Leading Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Poll Shows
Industry leaders say survey underscores that there are opportunities to raise awareness. (EcoHome)

Building Challenge Winners Use Innovative Green Designs to Save Energy and Reduce Waste 
Employing modular, prefabricated parts and other green building techniques, students and pros create sustainable, reusable homes. (EcoHome)

FSC Recognizes Portland Builder for Furthering Responsible Forest Management Practices
Green Hammer’s single-family home boasts FSC-certified wood throughout along with an array of other eco-friendly details. (EcoHome)

Will Green Energy Spending Add 5 Million Jobs?
On the campaign trail, President-elect Barack Obama argued that spending $150 billion over the next decade to boost energy efficiency would help create 5 million jobs, including insulation installers, wind-turbine builders, and construction workers. But the numbers are squishy. (Wall Street Journal)

Panels Suggests Obama Tie Green Agenda to Economy
A group of journalists and a business advisor say President-elect Barack Obama stands a better chance of advancing a green agenda in his first 100 days in office if he can mobilize the country on a grassroots level around environmental issues and tie green initiatives to the economic stimulus package and recovery. (GreenBiz)

Ohio Board of Building Standards Hears Arguments on Energy Efficiency Code
At board hearing, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance argues in favor of unifying Ohio's energy codes for residential new construction under the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the nation's model energy code. The testimony opposed an amendment that would allow three separate codes. (Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance)

ICC Evaluation Services Offers Product and System Environmental Reviews
International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is launching a program called SAVE, Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation, which will review the green features of building systems and products. The SAVE program systematically evaluates green building products and systems in nine environmental categories. (ICC)

Washington, D.C.-Area Panel Approves Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
A consortium of local officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, outlined an ambitious blueprint to cope with already polluted air and water and still absorb expected growth. (Washington Post)

CARB Chairwoman a Candidate to Head EPA
Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board and a savvy negotiator who is leading California's complex effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, is reportedly a candidate to head the Environmental Protection Agency within President-elect Barack Obama’s new administration. (L.A. Times)

Solar-Powered, All-Green Urban Community Premieres in Hollywood
Planned and developed by MasterCraft Homes, and currently under construction, the Gatsby Hollywood is made up of 34 single-family homes with sun-powered features and a Certified California Green Builder label. (MasterCraft Homes)

New Web Site Showcases Green Communities, Builders, and News
Green Eco Communities allows users to search for green communities by state and find news articles and resources about green building. (PRWeb)