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

St. Paul asks building owners to cut energy use this summer, Star Tribune, May 30, 2018

+ Providence unveils large building energy efficiency program, Washington Times, April 30, 2018

New Orleans kicks off Downtown NOLA Energy Challenge to help building owners reduce energy useThe New Orleans Advocate, February 19, 2018

+ 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

+ Des Moines challenges downtown businesses to cut energy useDes Moines Registrar, November 21, 2017

+ 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