Ten New U.S. Cities Join the City Energy Project to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings: Announcing the Expansion of the City Energy Project

Robert Redford Announced $10M Funding Increase to the City Energy Project: Read Director Melissa Wright’s blog and Cliff Majersik’s statement on the project’s new round of funding

City Energy Project Launch – Read the National Press Release

Latest News

+ EERE Success Story: ReEnergize Reno Steps Up to Reduce Energy Costs and Create Jobs, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, January 3, 2018

+ Building the Future, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, September 28, 2017

+ Des Moines Mayor Cownie Promises Commitment to Paris Climate Accord, The Des Moines Register, June 5, 2017

+ US Cities Save a Billion by Making Their Buildings Energy Efficient, Apolitical, June 1, 2016

+ City Energy Project Miami, WLRN, May 11, 2017

+ Transparency is a Key Ingredient for City Climate Action, The Energy Collective, April 25, 2017

+ Scaling Up Sustainability from Buildings to CitiesArchitect, April 7, 2017

+ One on One with Chris Castro, Spacecoast Business Magazine, March, 31, 2017

+ Going Green Saves Green, Spacecoast Business Magazine, March 31, 2017

+ District of Columbia’s Building Department Achieves First-of-its-Kind Milestone, The Energy Collective, March 17, 2017

+ Chicago Sees Progress, Challenges in Early Years of Energy Efficiency Benchmarking, Midwest Energy News, March 16, 2017

+ New Kansas City Energy Resource Center Will Focus on Efficiency in Large Buildings, Midwest Energy News, March 10, 2017

+ Building Sustainable Cities with Public-Private Partnerships, Social Earth, March 3, 2017

+ Green Bonds: Why You Should Care About the Massive Uptick, The Energy CollectiveFebruary 17, 2017

+ Buildings: A Surprising Source of Carbon Pollution, Yale Climate Connections, February 13, 2017

+ City Energy Project Cities Go the Distance on Energy Efficiency, The Energy Collective, February 3, 2017

+ St. Louis Adopts Plan to Track Energy Use in Commercial Buildings, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 3, 2017

+ How Chicago’s Housing Stock Can Help Fight Climate Change, Curbed Chicago, February 2, 2017

+ New Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Ordinance, Good4Utah, January 26, 2017

+ The City Energy Project Surges Ahead, Urban Green Points of View, January 25, 2017

+ Biskupski Proposes New Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Ordinance, Deseret News, January 17, 2017

+ The 13 Top Energy Developments of 2016, GreenBiz, January 6, 2017

+ Cities Commit to Using Energy Efficiency to Support Jobs and Local Economies, Electroindustry, January 2017

+ Denver City Council passes energy-efficiency rules for commercial buildings, KUSA and Denver Business Journal, December 20, 2016

Orlando Joins List of Energy-Conscious U.S. Cities By Passing New Legislation, The Orlando Advocate, December 19, 2016

+ LA Takes Major Step in Reducing Building Energy Consumption,, December 13, 2016

+ Ten New Cities Join the City Energy Project to Cut Building Pollution, Buildings, December 1, 2016

+ Cities and States Lead on Climate Change, The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2016

+ If Trump Won’t Step Up on Climate, Cities Will, GreenBiz, November 29, 2016

+ Communities Commit to Reducing Energy Waste in Buildings, Retrofit, November 25, 2016

+ Ten New U.S. Cities Join the City Energy Project to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings,, November 23, 2016

+ Group Creates City Policy Model for Cutting Energy Use,  Engineering News-Record, November 22, 2016

+ Miami-Dade Joins Project to Increase Buildings’ Energy Efficiency, WLRN, November 22, 2016

+ 10 More U.S. Mayors Join City Energy Project and Commit to Reduce Building Emissions, Bloomberg Philanthropies, November 21, 2016

+ Fort Collins Joins National Energy Conservation Program, The Coloradoan, November 19, 2016

+ St. Louis Chosen for Program to Monitor building Energy Use, Identify Opportunities for Savings,, November 17, 2016

+ Pittsburgh to Join Other Cities in Project to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings, PA Environment Daily, Nov. 16, 2016

+ Providence joins City Energy Project to Reduce Climate Pollution,  Providence Business News, November 15, 2016

+ Reno Joins City Energy Project in Order to Address Climate Pollution in Buildings, My News 4, Nov. 15, 2016

+ Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change, State of the Planet, November 10, 2016

+ Supercharging Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure: Perspectives from BostonThe City Fix, August 1, 2016

+ Using Big Data to Help Solve the Big Building Energy Problem, Energy Manager Today and The Energy Collective, February 9, 2016

+ Cities Will Help Lead in Putting Paris Climate Agreement into Action, The Hill, December 24, 2015

+ Chicago: Four Paths to Energy EfficiencyEnergy Manager Today, December 22, 2015

These Funders Think That Cities Are a Key to Tackling Climate Change, Inside Philanthropy, December 15, 2015

+ NRDC Receives $10.5 Million to Expand City Energy Project, Philanthropy News Digest, December 9, 2015

+ Climate change: Sean Penn, Robert Redford speak out at Paris Talks, Associated Press, December 5, 2015

+ AP Interview: Redford says fighting global warming is urgent, Associated Press, December 4, 2015

+ Mike Bloomberg & the Sundance Kid pledge $10M+ for urban efficiency, Politico, December 4, 2015

+ Denver’s Three-Fold Approach to Building Efficiency, EfficientGov, Oct. 28, 2015

+ How Kansas City is Leading Energy Efficiency Action in the Heartland, Bloomberg Philanthropies, September 8, 2015

+ The Growing Link Between Energy Efficiency and Economic Development, Governing, September 4, 2015

+ City Energy Project Drives Forward Cross-Sector Approaches to Energy Efficiency, The Intersector Project, August 3, 2015

+ Salt Lake City Promotes Energy Efficiency with Challenge Awards, FutureStructure, July 23, 2015

+ The New Capital of Energy Conservation, USGBC+, July/August 2015

+ Boston New Lead City of C40’s Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, C40 Cities, July 23, 2015

+ 5 Groups Honored for Energy Efficiency in Salt Lake City, Energy Manager Today, July 20, 2015

+ Deadline to Comply With Atlanta Energy Ordinance Almost Here, WABE 90.1, July 16, 2015

+ City Announces Project Skyline Challenge Award Winners,, July 16, 2015

+ Kansas City Requires Energy Benchmarking, Energy Manager Today, June 8, 2015

+  Kansas City Could Save $394M with Energy Benchmarking, Fierce Energy, June 8, 2015

+ Energy Reporting Ordinance Passes Kansas City Council, KCUR 89.3 FM, June 5, 2015

+ Kansas City Passes Ordinance to Reduce Energy Bills by Nearly $400 Million and Generate More Than 1,000 Jobs by 2030, IMT and NRDC press release, June 5, 2015

+ Kansas City Approves Requiring Owners of Large Buildings to Report Energy Consumption, The Kansas City Star, June 4, 2015

+ City Council Approves Energy Empowerment Ordinance, Kansas City Energy Project, June 4, 2015

+ Data and Transparency are Key to Atlanta’s Push for Building Efficiency Gains, The Energy Fix, June 3, 2015

+ Southeastern Cities Take Charge to Embrace Energy Efficiency, Save Money, and Create Jobs, NRDC Switchboard, June 2, 2015

+ Atlanta Phases in New Energy Policy, NBC 11 Atlanta, May 25, 2015

+ KC Council Panel Supports Large-Building Energy Audits, The Kansas City Star, May 13, 2015

+ Atlanta: Gateway to the South for Energy Efficiency, Bloomberg Philanthropies, May 7, 2015

+ Atlanta Aims to Reduce Big Buildings’ Energy Use, 90.1 WABE, April 29, 2015

+ More Energy Efficient Buildings Could Help Renters in Kansas City, The Kansas City Star, April 28, 2015

+ Atlanta City Council Approves Sustainability Measure, Atlanta Business Chronicle, April 21, 2015

+ Benchmarking the Energy Use of Kansas City Buildings Makes Sense, The Kansas City Star, April 21, 2015

+ City of Atlanta Adopts Progressive Energy policy to Tackle Commercial Energy Use, City of Atlanta press release, April 21, 2015

+ Atlanta Ordinance to Help Reduce Commercial Building Energy Use 20 Percent by 2030, Create Thousands of Jobs, IMT and NRDC press release, April 21, 2015

+ Los Angeles’ Sustainable City pLAn Unveils Ambitious Goals to Improve Energy Efficiency in Buildings, NRDC Switchboard, April 8, 2015

+ Mayor Eric Garcetti Outlines Plan to Make Los Angeles More Sustainable, WABC7, April 8, 2015

+ Electric Cars, Clean Air: Garcetti Outlines Vision for a “Sustainable” L.A., Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2015

+ Op-Ed: Grow Los Angeles’ Economy — and Your Bottom Line — by Creating a More Sustainable LA, C-Suite Quarterly, Spring 2015

Salt Lake City Earns #5 EPA Ranking of Building Energy Efficiency,, March 29, 2015

+  City Energy Project Cities’ Buildings Make ENERGY STAR Top 10, Switchboard, March 26, 2015

+ Nemours, Orlando Companies Praise Sustainability at Summit, Orlando Sentinel, March 26, 2015

+ Efficiency and Green Building Thriving in the Capital of Desert, U.S. Green Building Council, March 19, 2015

+ Salt Lake City Accelerates Energy Efficiency in City Facilities, Energy Manager Today, February 5, 2015

+ Salt Lake City Mayor Orders Energy Efficiency, FierceEnergy, February 4, 2015

+ SLC Mayor Aims Executive Order at Adding City Energy Efficiency, KUER 90.1 NPR Utah, February 3, 2015

+ Mayor Becker Issues Executive Order to Increase Energy Efficiency at City Facilities,, February 3, 2015

+ Super Efficient Apartments Could Bolster Kansas City’s Reputation, The Kansas City Star, January 27, 2015

+ Is Philadelphia the Greenest City in America? The Pulse, WHYY, January 9, 2015

+ Chicago Benchmarking Yields Energy Savings, Buildings magazine, January 7, 2015

+  Energy Efficient Buildings Could Save Chicago $77 M, Energy Manager Today, December 29, 2014

+  Chicago Publishes Inaugural Report of Energy Use in Commercial Buildings, Architect magazine, December 19, 2014

+  First Year of Building Benchmarking Reveals Huge Benefits for Chicago, Fierce Energy, December 19, 2014

+  Cities Leading on Climate Action: Low Carbon/High Impact Policies Prove Profitable, E2 national webinar, recorded October 22, 2014 and now available on demand.

+  Spotlight on Denver: New Project Launches to Unlock Energy Savings, Switchboard, November 4, 2014

+  Building Owners Pledge Commitment to Benchmarking as Part of Denver City Energy Project, Retrofit, November 6, 2014

+ Spotlight on Denver: New Project Launches to Unlock Energy Savings, Switchboard, November 4, 2014

 NRDC Voices: The Metropolitan Club, onEarth magazine, October 2014

+  NRDC Voices: Next Stop, Your HometownonEarth magazine, October 2014

+  Denver City Energy Project Aims to Cut Carbon Emissions, Energy Use, ARCHITECT Magazine, October 29, 2014

+  Unlocking our Buildings’ Potential, The Current, October 28, 2014

+  Denver efficiency project aims for big energy savings, Colorado Public Radio, October 28, 2014

+  Denver seeks to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, The Denver Post, October 28, 2014

+  At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency, Switchboard, October 17, 2014

+  Philadelphia Challenges its Buildings to Push Further, The Current, October 15, 2014

+  Philadelphia joins energy-efficient-buildings race, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 15, 2014

+  Philly skyscrapers compete for national energy prize, Philadelphia Daily News, October 15, 2014

+  Matt Petersen: If we can do it in L.A., we can do it anywhereGreenbiz, October 7, 2014

+  Buildings Hold the Key to New York’s Climate Goals, The Huffington Post, October 2, 2014

+  Three City Energy Project Participants Launch Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, The Current, September 22, 2014

+  L.A., Philadelphia, Houston mayors vow more action on climate change, Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2014

+  Jon Ippel: Making Orlando green is economic opportunity, The Orlando Sentinel, September 14, 2014

+ From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers, The Energy Collective, August 20, 2014

+ Creating New Energy Goals in Orlando, The Current, August 20, 2014

+ KC, chamber and KCP&L plug into energy-efficiency programs, Kansas City Business Journal, June 27, 2014

+ Plan to boost energy efficiency in Kansas City unveiled, The Kansas City Star, June 27, 2014

+ Mayor, KC Chamber and Utility Come Together and Promote Energy Efficiency, Kansas City Chamber, June 27, 2014

+ Spotlight on Orlando: Municipal Buildings Lead on Energy Efficiency, Switchboard, June 23, 2014

+ City Efficiency Efforts Could Help States Achieve Carbon Targets, The Energy Collective, June 16, 2014

+ City Slicker: Laurie Kerr, GreenSource, May 2014

+ Using Data to Build Energy Efficient Cities, Smart Data Collective, May 14, 2014

+ Philadelphia Joins “City Energy Project,” Philadelphia Magazine, April 22, 2014

+ To improve efficiency, cities collaborateand compete, Midwest Energy News, April 14, 2014

+ City Energy Project—Advancing Energy Efficiency in 10 U.S. Cities, NEMA electroindustry, April 2014

+ Air Pollution Declines as Public Rallies, Buildings, March 28, 2014

+ Carbon footprint reduction plan for cities, Energy Digital, March 13, 2014

+ Spotlight on Los Angeles: Increasing Energy Efficiency in Buildings, The Energy Collective, March 13, 2014

+ In national contest, city’s big buildings eye the green savings, Chicago Sun-Times, February 23, 2014

Major Cities Unite to Cut Building Pollution, Buildings, February 13, 2014

+ 10 U.S. Cities Tackle Efficiency, Architectural Record, February 12, 2014

Invest in energy efficiency in KC, The Kansas City Star, February 3, 2014

+ 10 US Cities Plan Coordinated Attack on Building Energy Waste, Greentech Media, Jan. 30, 2014

+ US mayors unite to improve energy efficiency in city buildings, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Jan. 30, 2014

Chicago on its way to becoming more energy efficient, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 29, 2014

+ Nutter launches energy efficiency mission for Philly buildings, Philadelphia Inquirer GreenSpace, Jan. 29, 2014

+ L.A. joins effort to reduce building pollution, Los Angeles Daily News, Jan. 29, 2014

+ Denver commercial buildings the target of new energy efficiency program, Denver Business Journal, Jan. 29, 2014

+ Kansas City is chosen for a 10-city effort to promote energy efficiency, The Kansas City Star, Jan. 29, 2014

+ Orlando is one of 10 cities picked for $9 million energy project, Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 29, 2014

+ Salt Lake among 10 U.S. Cities to cut climate pollution from buildings, The Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 29, 2014

+ 10 Major US Cities Join to Boost Energy Efficiency in Biggest Buildings, Sustainable Business, Jan. 29, 2014

+ Ten U.S. Cities Band Together to Cut Climate Pollution, EcoBusiness, Jan. 29, 2014

+ 10 U.S. Cities Vow To Cut Emissions From BuildingsAssociated Press, Jan. 29, 2014

+ OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Climate policy advocate gets a seat at SOTU, The Hill, Jan. 28, 2014