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For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2016
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Caitlin MacLaren

Miami-Dade County Joins 20-City Effort to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings

Miami (November 17, 2016)— Miami-Dade County is now a member of the City Energy Project, a united effort of 20 U.S. communities to address their largest source of energy use and carbon pollution: buildings. The project is expected to save Miami-Dade County businesses and residents $200 million annually on their energy bills by 2030. County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava sponsored a resolution, passed earlier this month, authorizing the county to participate in the initiative.

“Miami is ground zero for climate change, which means we have to lead when it comes to resilience and sustainability,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. “This initiative can also be a boon to our local economy by driving investment in energy efficiency.”

Through the City Energy Project, Miami-Dade County will develop a locally tailored plan comprising multiple integrated strategies to significantly reduce building energy use, recognizing that a suite of initiatives can make more progress in each city than one program or policy could alone. In addition to providing efficiency expertise and guidance on initiative planning, design and implementation, the City Energy Project also offers a platform for peer-to-peer sharing of lessons learned and best practices.

A joint project of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), the City Energy Project works with participating cities to create healthier, more prosperous American cities by making buildings more efficient, in turn boosting local economies and reducing harmful pollution.

Funded by a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, the project launched in January 2014 with 10 pioneering cities.

If U.S. buildings were considered a nation, they would rank third in global energy consumption, using more primary energy than all major energy consuming nations except the U.S. and China.

Miami-Dade County is the first county to participate in the City Energy Project, and along with the cities of Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colorado; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Providence, Rhode Island; Reno, Nevada; San Jose; St. Louis; and St. Paul, Minnesota, joins the original 10 pioneering cities. By 2030, all 20 members of the project have the power to achieve significant collective impact with the potential to save more than $1.5 billion annually in energy bills and reduce carbon pollution by more than 9.6 million metric tons.