The City Energy Project, a joint effort of the Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council, announced the addition of ten communities that have committed to reducing energy waste in buildings.

Launched in 2014 with an initial cohort of ten cities, the City Energy Project is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. This project is. The newest additions include the following:

Des Moines, Iowa
• Fort Collins, Colorado
• Miami-Dade County, Florida
• New Orleans, Louisiana
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Providence, Rhode Island
Reno, Nevada
San Jose, California
St. Louis, Missouri
• St. Paul, Minnesota

The City Energy Project annually could save building owners and tenants more than $1.5 billion and reduce climate pollution by 9.6 million metric tons, equivalent to taking two million cars off the road, by 2030. As NRDC blogger Christina Angelides notes, these savings have the potential to drive local economic activity by supporting building energy improvements that can create jobs at all skill levels and freeing up money currently being spent on utility bills to put toward other investments and needs of building owners and tenants.

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