Washington D.C. setting example for energy efficiency

Centering itself at the forefront of the White House's new push for nationwide energy efficiency, Washington, D.C., is looking to set an example for the rest of the country as a sustainable and environmentally-friendly city. Or at least, that's the goal of Mayor Vincent Gray's new Sustainable DC initiative.

According to Greentech Media, Build Smart DC – a sub-program of Sustainable DC – was launched on Thursday, August 1, with the purpose of documenting the specific building materials used for city construction and their energy efficient capabilities. By creating detailed accounts of building stock, Sustainable DC can better identify ways in which it can implement eco-friendly building codes into homes, businesses and federal buildings across the city. 

"We're trying to embrace truly transparent data to create tremendous savings," said Sam Brooks, associate director of Washington's Energy & Sustainability office. "Our hope is that it's nothing less than a groundbreaking and transformational initiative." 

The program's primary mission is to cut down the energy consumption of 400 municipal facilities – half of Washington's 30-million square feet of municipal property – by 20 percent within the following 20 months. The national capitol annually racks up $65 million in energy costs, and Brooks hopes that by minimizing electricity waste, Sustainable DC can set up some significant cash flows back into the city.

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