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10 Major Mayors Scrubbing Their Buildings


Yesterday, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Houston Mayor Annise Parker (snapped at a Bisnow event in 2012), and several other mayors announced the City Energy Project. It follows President Obama’s State of the Union vow to work independently of Congress if necessary on climate change. The goal, says NRDC president Frances Beinecke: cut pollution, create jobs, and save money by sharing ideas (many mayors during the press call promised to gleefully steal from each other). Ultimately, the plan is to reduce carbon emissions from commercial buildings by seven million tons a year (that's the output of one million homes) and spread the gospel on best practices to suburbs and other cities. The 10 cities that signed on: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City.