City of San Francisco Moves Toward Green Energy

by Green Jobs Ready on February 10, 2011

According to green news source and United Press International, the government of the city of San Francisco has taken major steps in pushing its residents toward the reduction of their energy usage and the consumption of more renewable and alternative sources of energy.

United Press International reports that just this Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will “improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs and create green jobs.” The ordinance by the Board of Supervisors also apparently makes it a city standard that commercial buildings that inhabit over 10,000 square feet of space must hold audits every five years to determine their relative energy efficiency.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee expressed positive feelings over the Board of Supervisors’ ordinance. “San Francisco needs to increase the energy and resource efficiency of existing buildings if we are going to meet our aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets,” United Press International quotes Lee as saying. “This ordinance not only helps educate building owners about what they need to do to save energy and money, but it will also boost our local green jobs economy.”

Melanie Nutter, the director of San Francisco’s Environment Department, also stated that her department has learned that “up to 70 percent of businesses that have an audit will take action and conduct a retrofit,” according to coverage featured by United Press International.

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