Speakers at the Apollo Summitin Washington earlier this year emphasized the importance of making our buildings energy efficient, slashing carbon emissions and creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs. The Los Angeles chapter of the Apollo Alliance talked about raising $100 million to retrofit 100 municipal buildings and create 2,000 union jobs.
Now, former President Bill Clinton announced his William J. Clinton Foundation has securing $1 billion in financing to retrofit municipal buildings in 15 cities across the globe.
Former Vice President Al Gore recently summed up the source of global warming as “cars, coal and buildings.” “Buildings” tend to be talked about the least of the three. Hopefully, this initiative will call more attention to what can be done at the state and local level while inertia reigns in the White House.