The Houston Press, surprised by the city’s high ranking in the EPA’s recent list of metro areas with the most Energy Star-qualified buildings in 2008, called the agency to check things out. Turns out some of the listiness was based on voluntary reporting by building managers, which means, as Press blogger Richard Connelly put it, “It may be that we just like to brag about our green-ness more.”

Aaaaaand speaking of bragging and Houston (thanks, universe), today also brings “news” of the nation’s first eco-car wash. The company behind it, called Eco-Suds, has plans to expand to other locations in the Southwest and Southeast. While you wait, don’t forget to check out Umbra’s advice for keeping your car clean inside and out.