Buildings are responsible for 74 percent of Salt Lake City's carbon emissions and much of the energy needed to heat and cool them is wasted, according to Mayor Ralph Becker.
Wednesday, Becker announced that Salt Lake City is joining with nine other U.S. cities in the "City Energy Project." The initiative is aimed at targeting the largest source of energy use and climate pollution within cities large buildings.
The project, headed up by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation, seeks to dramatically reduce energy waste in commercial and industrial buildings. Some $9 million in private funding will allow each of the participating cities to produce its own plan of action.