Published on April 19th, 2014 | by Rocky Mountain Institute


Google Hangout: Buildings, Climate, & Our Energy Future (VIDEO)

April 19th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Rocky Mountain Institute.

Existing buildings are responsible for 72 percent of U.S. electricity use. That’s more energy than any individual country except China and the United States. We cannot transform our energy system and prevent runaway climate change if America’s commercial buildings continue to consume dirty fossil fuels at today’s rates.

[This week], David Allen, executive vice president of McKinstry and RMI Trustee, as well as RMI principal Victor Olgyay and manager Coreina Chan, had a discussion about:

  • How highly efficient buildings can help solve the urgent energy/climate challenges we face,
  • How transforming the building stock can improve the nation’s economy and the health of people living and working in those buildings,
  • and How you can help.

Watch the Hangout below (approximately 20 min) and stand with us to make this change in the world:

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  • Wayne Williamson

    That was a good video, thanks for sharing.
    It seems like one of the hold backs for smaller business is not only determining the changes that are needed but also being able to afford/finance them. There is no doubt it will save money in the long run(or even within a few years), its just a matter of having the cash to make them now.

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