Washington's Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the high performance green buildings bill into law which, according to the governor's office, makes Washington the first state to require that new public buildings meet "green building" standards of energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental standards.

"One of my hopes is that by showing the way, we will encourage everybody from mall developers to homebuilders to use the same green building techniques that schools and other government buildings will be using." - Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire