Cities Lead the Way to Greener Buildings

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

If you are looking for the “front line” in the battle to make buildings more energy-efficient, look to the cities.  That is where the action is today.

In the last few weeks, mayors from ten major cities united to launch a massive effort to cut energy consumption by $1 billion annually.

Mayors from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City have come together to participate in new City Energy Project (CEP), an initiative from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation.

Through this new project, the cities will develop their own locally tailored plans to advance energy efficiency and reduce waste in their large buildings, which can represent roughly 50 percent of their citywide square footage. These plans, which will include multiple integrated strategies, can make more progress in each city than any one program or policy could alone.

By working together, but focusing at the local level, these cities will combined customized approaches, appropriate for each locale, but will share in a national network of ideas and information-sharing.

Hats off to these cities that are leading the way to energy efficiency.  Hopefully, many more will follow.

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