A story in today’s AMNY describes a Clinton Foundation program to finance energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings in 16 cities: New York, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Mexico City, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Mumbai, Karachi, Seoul, Bangkok, Melbourne, SÃ£o Paulo, Johannesburg and Rome.
“If all buildings were as efficient as they could be, we’d be saving an enormous amount of energy and significantly reducing carbon emissions. Also, we’d be saving a ton of money,” Clinton said.
The planned projects include replacing heating, cooling and lighting systems with energy-efficient networks; making roofs white or reflective to deflect more of the sun’s heat; sealing windows and installing new models that let more light in and keep the elements out; and setting up sensors to control more efficient use of lights and air conditioning.
… Warren Karlenzig, author of “How Green Is Your City?” applauded the plan and said many of these retrofits have been “crying out to happen.”
“The technology is there; it’s just that the financing has been missing,” he said.