Better Buildings, Better Cities

The building sector is the single largest user of energy in the United States, accounting for roughly 40 percent of total energy consumption. In cities, however, that figure can be even higher: 60, 70, even 75 percent, and much of that energy is wasted.

The City Energy Project is a national initiative to cut energy waste in large buildings and make American cities healthier and more prosperous through energy efficiency. The 10 pioneering cities involved in the City Energy Project are working to boost their local economies and reduce pollution, and their leadership is helping to shape next-generation energy efficiency strategies for communities nationwide.