Cities Share Energy Use to Promote Conservation
Business and government leaders in a growing number of cities are recognizing that investment in smarter, greener technologies can help optimize resource use, offering a way to renew struggling urban economies while improving ecological well being.
New York City, for example, is tapping the power of data with an ambitious goal to make the energy use of 25,000 of the city’s largest buildings public. Later this year, as part of the Greater Greener Buildings Plan, owners of large commercial and residential buildings will have to benchmark and share data on energy and water use via a publicly accessible website. Making it easier to compare buildings’ energy use has been proven to lead quickly to renovations, energy efficiency and other job-creating investments.
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