- The ever-trailblazing city of Portland, Oregon is working on a plan to charge a carbon fee if green building standards aren’t met. And if you do better than the green building standards, you get paid a rebate, funded by the carbon fee.
- Not to be outdone, California is evaluating legislation that would require all new residential buildings to be net zero in their energy use by 2020.
- And in more green building news, more and more residential home builders are getting educated about green building as demand proves it is not just a fad.
- Al Gore has joined a green venture capital firm, Generation Investment Management as partner (and will donate his salary to charity). He will also become neighbors of Sherwood’s NY office as it was announced that the firm will lease the 48th floor of the Bank of America Tower, which hopes to be the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in NYC.
- Some political conservatives are urging their political peers to accept threat of global warming, but still maintain that rhetoric of catastrophe and imminent doom is not an appropriate tool.
- Stop and Shop will soon be building a green supermarket, as part of the LEED Portfolio pilot program. This program seems like a very good way to get businesses that buildings of similar structure all over the country to go green. Maybe this will encompass prefab housing, which is all the rage among green builders.
- The EU is going to start requiring airlines to offset their plane emissions in 2011 through credits or technology advancements.
- Our very own Ken K. has been featured on the Planning Commissioner Journal blog for pointing out some flaws in the Destiny development project in Syracuse that was featured at Greenbuild last week, noting that it is hard to consider a compound that is autocentric to be green, no matter what it is built out of.
Photo of The Bank of America Tower under construction, taken from the Sherwood NY office