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The best green building program you’ve never heard of is probably Enterprise Green Communities. Everyone knows about LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify.

, of course. Regional programs, such as EarthCraft House and Minnesota GreenStar, also have name recognition in their areas. But unless you’ve been involved with Enterprise Green Communities, you may not have even heard of it. The recent release of their new program criteria means that it’s time for that lack of name recognition to change.

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This Week in Energy News for March 15, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, London might build a bicycle super-highway, KLM is flying planes with biofuel from old cooking oil, Australia might be reaching solar power saturation, U.S. green car sales are on the rise, Guatamala might get pay-as-you-go solar power, and we have new upcoming green events.

Bicycling in London

London Mayor Proposes £913 Million Cycling Infrastructure Plan

Mayor Boris Johnson wants to create a an unbroken network of bicycle routes and make London a “world-class cycling city,” saying, “The Westway, the ultimate symbol of how the urban motorway tore up our cities, will become the ultimate symbol of how we are claiming central London for the bike.”

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Demand Expected to Increase 7% During 2013

The NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz 2013 estimates that the global solar PV demand will increase to 31 GW from 29 GW this year, with China outpacing Germany to become the world’s leading PV consumer.

Will Australia Reach Solar Power Saturation?

A forecast prepared by Sunwiz and Solar Business Services estimates that the Australian solar PV market could grow to 10GW by 2017, leading some to believe that the market is becoming saturated.

KLM to Fuel Tranatlantic Flights with Biofuel

Dutch airline KLM will soon be offering weekly transatlantic flights that are powered by old-cooking-oil-derived biofuels, expanding on its current offerings for travel between New York and Amsterdam.

U.S. EPA Ranks Cities with Energy Star Buildings

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its list of metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star-certified commercial buildings, ranking Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta in the top five and an increase of 24 percent in certified projects.

Solar Potential is Greater Than Petroleum Productivity in Libya

Research suggests that Libya has a significant, untapped potential for solar and wind power because of its land availability and high levels of daily solar radiation and could become clean-energy independent.

Green Car Sales Increase by 15% in United States

Sales figures of green cars (hybrids, electric, and “green-ish” diesels) for February 2013 show that United States consumer demand for energy-efficient vehicles is on the rise.

Guatemalan Renewable Energy Company to Launch Pay-As-You-Go Solar

Currently raising money for a launch, Quetsol has come up with a way to bring solar energy to the developing world with a pay-as-you-go home solar energy system. Help them reach their goal.

Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 Needs Governor Approval

The Maryland Senate passed the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 that will add incentives to the development of over 200 megawatts of wind power off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.

New Study Could Change LED Technology

Researchers have discovered a way to mimic the glow of fireflies in application to LED technology and increase performance as much as 55%.

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Green Events

Compostmodern Resilience: DESIGN TO IMPROVE SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT – March 22-23, 2013 in San Francisco, California
Portland Better Living Show – March 22-24, 2013 in Portland, Oregon
Reclaim + Remake Symposium – April 11-13, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Future Energy Conference – April 16-17, 2013 in Portland, Oregon
2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference – April 30-May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado
Tenth Annual AltBuild Expo: Alternative Materials and Design Expo – May 10-11, 2013 in Santa Monica, California
Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC) 2013: The Art, Science + Business of Housing – June 5-6, 2013 in San Diego, California

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