Here’s what industry leaders are saying about the City Energy Project:

Real Estate

“When real estate owners invest in energy efficiency, it improves building performance, saves money, and helps the environment.  As a seven-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recipient, CBRE prioritizes energy efficiency as a strategic way our real estate clients can get ahead.  Now there is an opportunity for the market as a whole to make great progress by promoting energy efficiency in the largest buildings across ten of the largest U.S. cities.  We strongly support the efforts of the City Energy Project to advance the real estate markets in cities through localized strategies to encourage energy efficiency.”  David Pogue, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

“As a global leader in bringing energy efficiencies into commercial buildings, Jones Lang LaSalle strongly supports the City Energy Project for building partnerships between local governments and the real estate community to advance energy efficiency.  We intend to be actively engaged in the City Energy Project, as both a public advocate and as a building manager, to expand and strengthen these valuable partnerships across the participating cities.” – Robert Best, Executive Vice President, Energy & Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle


“Urban sustainability is among the most critically important global issues of the 21st centurytoday’s cities are at the nexus of the megatrends of urbanization, climate change, globalization, and demographic change. As these trends continue to shape the future of our cities, it is critical that an effective and efficient infrastructure is in place to contribute to resource conservation, economic vitality, and an improved quality of life. As a global leader in sustainable urban infrastructure, ranging from energy-efficient buildings and smart transportation systems to reliable and efficient power grids and water systems, Siemens supports the efforts of the City Energy Project. Through this effort we can work collaboratively to ensure that our cities are leaders in energy conservation, and remain at the forefront of technology and innovation to find the solutions to today’s biggest challenges.”  Alison Taylor, Vice President, Sustainability and City Strategy, Siemens

“Energy efficiency is a win-win-win, good for local governments and building owners, good for the environment and good for the energy contractors and manufacturers who create thousands of green jobs to support a domestic market for energy efficiency upgrades. The City Energy Project is a smart and innovative way to empower cities and advance local energy efficiency markets.”  Laurent Vernerey, President and CEO, Schneider Electric North America Operations

“With U.S. buildings consuming more primary energy than countries like Russia and India, the scale of the opportunity to optimize building energy performance is significant. Cities collaborating and implementing creative, practical energy efficiency polices can go a long way to reducing America’s $450 billion annual energy bill and carbon emissions.”  – John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems


Building energy efficiency has far-reaching benefits, not only for the environment, but also in enabling high performing work space, facilitating jobs, and resulting in better financial return.  As a global financial institution committed to facilitating market-based solutions to critical environmental issues, we are excited to see the launch of The City Energy Project, which will bring the leadership of 10 cities to help address market barriers and catalyze this important opportunity.”  Kyung-Ah Park, Head of Environmental Markets Group, Goldman Sachs 

“Trillium Asset Management is one of many investment companies who recognize the investment opportunity in more efficient buildings.  We believe that more efficient buildings outperform their less efficient peers on a number of financial metrics. Leading cities, like those participating in the City Energy Project, will be attracting investment as those of us in the investment community seek to invest in better buildings.”  Matthew Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management

Energy-efficient buildings are a no-brainer from an investment standpoint. As shareholders interested in capturing this value, we routinely call on companies to improve their energy-efficiency. From this work we know that there are challenges to achieving greater efficiency in buildings, challenges that city governments can help address. Cities in the City Energy Project are doing important work catalyzing a great investment opportunity for investors like my firm, for building owners, and for the cities’ residents.”  Stu Dalheim, Vice President, Calvert Investments

Professional Associations

“NEMA applauds the leadership that the ten cities selected today to participate in the City Energy Project have shown. By committing to reducing energy waste in their cities, these mayors have chosen the cheapest and cleanest way to meet their energy needs while bolstering their local economies. Energy efficiency isn’t just good business for the building owners who save energy, but also for the contractors and manufacturers who create thousands of good-paying, green jobs in cities across the country.”  Evan Gaddis, President and CEO, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) (NEMA press release on City Energy Project)


“Energy efficiency is the cheapest and cleanest way to meet our growing energy needs. The City Energy Project is an innovative way cities can help building owners cut energy use to make our communities healthier and more sustainable.”  Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University