The city of Rochester has taken on a U.S. Department of Energy challenge to reduce its use of energy by 20 percent by 2020, city officials announced Wednesday.
Rochester is partnering with the energy department’s Better Buildings Challenge, a national leadership program calling on corporate chief executives, university presidents, state and local governments, and school district leaders to reach that goal.
The program also gives participants a chance to showcase solutions they have use and results they achieve.
“”The city is pleased to join with Better Buildings Challenge, helping lead the nation to greater energy efficiency, economic growth and a cleaner environment,” Mayor Thomas Richards said in a statement.
“We look forward to sharing our success strategies with other local governments to overcome barriers to greater efficiency and achieve similar savings.”
Commercial buildings and industrial plants account for half of the nation’s primary energy use, cost $400 billion to operate and produce 40 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, Department of Energy officials say.
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