2. Building smarter and more efficiently
While we each must work to reduce energy use in our homes, we must also make sure that institutions, cities and states are setting and observing strong efficiency standards for their infrastructure.
Environment America Research and Policy Center and our national network's researchers and advocates are working toward a 2050 goal of reducing energy use in our nation’s buildings by half, through high performance new buildings , investments in weatherization and major retrofits for existing buildings.
We can improve building codes so that all new buildings are constructed to meet “net-zero” energy standards by 2030, meaning that every new building constructed just a decade from now will be able to produce all the energy it needs onsite, from solar panels to wind turbines.