by Carolyn Berndt
With the building sector accounting for 39 percent of the nation's energy use, 72 percent of its electricity use and one third of all global greenhouse gas emissions, making buildings more energy efficient can have multiple benefits for communities, including creating jobs and economic growth, reducing energy costs and lowering carbon emissions.
The U.S. Department of Energy invites state and local leaders and decision-makers to its Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities, June 26-27 in Denver.
The summit is an opportunity to network with fellow state and local leaders and decision makers in a forum showcasing how the Better Buildings Challenge Partners are achieving the benefits of energy efficiency in public buildings and within local communities. Participants will learn innovative strategies and models for adopting and implementing clean energy solutions in their communities that save money, create jobs, increase energy security and protect the environment.
Topics of conference sessions will include: