14 Oct '11, 9pm

Pulling the plug on L.A.

Pulling the plug on L.A.

The city of Los Angeles announced a major new initiative this week to cut back on that giant sucking sound -- the sound of commercial buildings hoovering up electricity. Two years ago, the Clinton Climate Initiative helped orchestrate a major overhaul of the Empire State Building that cut the famous spire's energy consumption by nearly 40 percent, trimming more than $400,000 off the building's annual energy bills. Now the Initiative has teamed up with C40, a group of cities that has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to see if they can at least start to do the same for the commercial real estate of an entire metropolis -- in this case, Los Angeles. Here's the rub: 72 percent of the electricity generated in this country goes to heating, cooling, lighting, and otherwise powering our homes, offices, and other buildings . This accounts for a whopping 38 percent of...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-efficiency/2011-10-14-pulling...

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