Urban efficiency is all about linking the potential of buildings, energy and infrastructure to create smarter, more sustainable cities.
In the past few years, large commercial building owners and managers have expressed growing interest in using behavioral strategies to improve their buildings’ performance.
Facing environmental vulnerabilities like increasingly high temperatures, more frequent storm surges and a rising sea level, small island states have long been on the front lines of the fight against climate change.
Milton Bevington is Senior Advisor to the City of Boston under the City Energy Project. He guest-authored this post on the City of Boston’s work on sustainable infrastructure finance.
View a webinar held by the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities' Building Efficiency Initiative and partners from various sectors for an exploration of the report, "Accelerating Building Efficiency: Eight Actions for Urban Leaders." This research was produced in partnership with Johnson Controls and over a dozen other partners.
You can also read the report in interactive web version at www.wri.org/buildingefficiency.
With buildings responsible for 32 percent of global energy consumption and a quarter of CO2 emissions, there is a huge, under-tapped opportunity to create more sustainable cities through building efficiency. More efficient buildings can generate economic benefits, reduce environmental impacts and improve people’s quality of life.