Pic of second place winner of Core77′s Greener Gadgets 2009 competition Power-Hog

Being eco-friendly is slowly shedding the voluntary label attached to it and replacing itself as an inevitable requirement. Resulting from this, we see governments from around the world pushing for and encouraging citizens towards environmentally sustainable products. Here’s a quick rundown from around the world at what governments and cities are doing to push local residents to go green.

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents in the Toronto-Danforth area to turn their rooftops into efficient solar water heaters with the SOLAR NEIGHBOURHOODS program.

Outdoor solar shades are being proposed by the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (founded by the Aussie government in 2006)to harvest solar energy on school grounds. LED touch screens are available at the base of the shade to show whether or not the shades are in the best optimal position to harvest sunlight. Via Trendwatching.

The UK Green Building Council has put together new guidelines encouraging biodiversity in new buildings. Via Guardian.

Our friends over at Core77 have recently announced the winners for their Greener Gadgets 2009 competition.