Karen Hao is a Berkeley-based journalist mainly covering the environment, science and technology. Most recently, her work has appeared in Sierra magazine, How We Get to Next and The Chronicle for Social Change, among others. She graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Energy Studies. Read more at karendhao.com. On Twitter @_KarenHao.
Less than three years after its first resident moved in, the highly-touted energy-efficient development in Sacramento called 2500 R Street is now mired in a legal dispute over the alleged false advertising of its homes as net-zero energy and LEED-certified.