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ATLANTA: New Sustainability Ordinance Approved

ATLANTA: New Sustainability Ordinance Approved

Atlanta's the latest city to require commercial buildings to keep track of electricity and water usage and report the data. This week, the sustainability ordinance—developed by Mayor Kasim Reed's Office of Sustainability—was approved unanimously by the city council. The goal: to reduce commercial energy consumption in Atlanta by 20% by 2030 and create more than 1,000 jobs annually during the first few years it's in effect, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle. It impacts buildings totaling 25k SF or larger, which must monitor consumption using a free web-based app from the EPA. Owners must also complete an energy audit at least once every 10 years. [ABC]