In the South, the City of Atlanta has been leading the energy and sustainability legislation charge. The city’s Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance was unanimously passed by City Council in 2015. The measure aims to drive a 20 percent reduction in commercial energy consumption and a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2030. The ordinance applies specifically to private and city-owned buildings of more than 25,000 sq. ft., which represents some 80 percent of the city’s commercial sector. It’s estimated that the legislation will save Atlanta businesses more than $100 million in 2020, with an equally important goal of improving the city’s air quality.
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