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Downtown Pittsburgh Sees Value in Going Green

Sixty-one of downtown Pittsburgh's largest property owners commit to cutting energy, water and transportation consumption by 50% over the next 18 years.

Mark Belko, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports on the decision by leading Pittsburgh property owners to join a national emission reduction campaign. "In all, about 38 percent of the properties in the Downtown business district have committed to the national challenge launched by Architecture 2030, a non-profit organization seeking to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the global building sector"

Now the work starts. There are various inititatives property owners can undertake to lower consumption, such as the easier: "replacing light bulbs or fixtures with more efficient versions to putting sensors in offices to turn off lights when a room is not in use," says the author. Other, albeit more expensive, options include, "replacing windows or heating and air conditioning systems and switching to low flow water faucets."

Pittsburgh joins Seattle and Cleveland in committing to the challenge.

Full Story: Downtown Pittsburgh owners vow to go green

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