Why Are Benchmarking Disclosure Laws So Important?

Greentech Media – Building energy disclosure laws are picking up momentum as they are adopted in cities throughout the United States. These laws are increasingly being shown to result in energy efficiency improvements. In this podcast by the Energy Gang, Cliff Majersik, the executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation, discusses the reasons for these improvements and the long-term impacts of building energy disclosure laws on energy consumption, real estate, and market transparency. Listen to the podcast.

Rebates for Energy Efficiency Upgrades Available from the Georgia Cities Foundation

http://www.EnergyManagerToday.com – Soon rebates for energy efficiency improvements will be made available to any city in the State of Georgia’s downtown area. Rebates will range from $25,000 to $100,000, accounting for 25% of pre-approved upgrade costs. Rebate funds are available to commercial, mixed-use, and multifamily buildings for projects such as lighting and HVAC upgrades. Projects must achieve a minimum improvement of 20% reduction in energy use and have a return on investment of ten years or less, as well as comply with ENERGY STAR, LEED, or EarthCraft certification standards. Full article.

Mayor of Atlanta to Attend Paris Climate Talks

WABE – Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, who has set a goal to make Atlanta a national leader in energy policy and a top-tier city for sustainability, will attend the international climate talks in Paris this November. The United Nations is gathering an international group of representatives from government, academia, and business to discuss how to address climate change. In recognition of the important role that cities will play in addressing climate change, Mayor Reed is one of a dozen US mayors being sent to the conference by a group of nonprofits. The City of Atlanta is a leader in sustainability, as demonstrated through its active participation in the Better Buildings Challenge, its implementation of the Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance, its addition of electric vehicles to the City’s fleet, its investments in bicycle infrastructure, and its sustainability standards for new City-owned buildings. Read full article.

The Growing Link Between Energy Efficiency and Economic Development

Governing.com – It makes abundant sense for any city — large or small — to focus a significant part of its economic-development efforts on energy management for the buildings that are home to its businesses and industries. More and more, cities around the globe are using this strategy as they work to attract and retain valued businesses and the jobs and tax revenue they bring. Click here for full article.

Atlanta Offers Grace Period for Commercial Buildings to Meet Benchmarks

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – The City of Atlanta is offering a grace period for commercial building owners who missed the July deadline to submit energy and water benchmarking data. The grace period ends on Sept. 21.

Passed in April, the Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance requires private and municipal buildings over 50,000 square feet to submit annual energy and water use data to the city. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability expects benchmarking to improve energy efficiency, spur job creation, and reduce buildings’ carbon emissions. Click here for full article.