FROM THE EDITOR
East Coast Cities Top List for Energy Efficiency
What are the most energy efficient cities in the country? If you guessed eco-pioneering San Francisco, Austin, or Portland, OR, you’re wrong. The list issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, as reported by Energy Manager Today, features three of the oldest US cities as the leaders: Boston, New York City, and Washington DC. The reason? All three have “adopted or advocated for stringent building energy codes; devoted resources to building code compliance; established requirements and incentives for efficient buildings; and increased the availability of information on energy use in buildings through benchmarking and transparency policies.” Also noted were their programs to provide information to residents and building owners re. retrofits and upgrades. The bottom line: progressive public policies can make a difference, even in aging urban areas.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – President Obama is intervening on behalf of the bumblebee: the White House has announced the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.
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