By Amber Dunlap
As of June 5th, Chicago has joined Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge with a plan to upgrade 24 million square feet of buildings with energy efficient retrofits and technologies and reducing energy use by 20 percent over the next five years. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu touts that “By joining the Better Buildings Challenge, Chicago is not only leading by example, but is also better positioning the city in the global economy by saving millions in energy costs.”
The Better Buildings Challenge is a Department of Energy program that was launched in December of last year to initiate investment in energy upgrades and create green jobs. The program supports both commercial and industrial building owners as well as homeowners by providing them with technical assistance and energy efficiency solutions. The program exists in cities big and small from Chicago, IL to Bedford, NY.
Welcome to the club Chicago!