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    Cities are home to more than half the global population and are engines of the global economy, representing innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Now, as global concern over the impacts and risks of climate change intensifies, cities are being recognized for their position at the vanguard of climate change action. Scientific American has devoted its September issue to cities and the future of green innovation in the world’s urban centers, exploring many of the solutions that the C40 is forging and supporting.

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    Last Thursday, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the initial Partners of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago, a C40 City. This challenge is part of the White House-led Better Buildings Initiative to increase private sector investment in building energy efficiency and reduce energy use in buildings by 20 percent by 2020 to save money, create jobs, and improve our environment. The focus and potential of the Better Buildings Challenge is to spur job creation in the construction and building industries.

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    Houston boasts 14 LEED-certified buildings, including Texas’s first LEED-Platinum skyscraper, 717 Texas. LEED-Platinum is the highest-ranking a U.S. building can receive under the commonly-used US Green Building Council system. ura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston, spoke on today’s session on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings. Here’s some more information on some of the interesting work Houston is doing right now to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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    One of the more accessible, economically inviting and impactful actions cities can take to address climate change involves making existing buildings more energy efficient. Here, the Director of CCI’s Building Retrofit Program shares her perspective on the opportunities and barriers to large-scale climate action in the building sector. Arah has been with CCI for over three years, and previously worked in real estate development in the private and public sectors. At the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo, she will participate in the session on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, which looks at a range of retrofitting options from across the C40, with an emphasis on funding mechanisms and policy drivers.

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