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Ordinance to Educate on Being Green

Last year, Mayor Lee signed Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, intended to help commercial buildings improve their energy use. Now the city is working to educate commercial building owners, since nonresidential buildings are responsible for nearly two-thirds of local emissions from building operations. The ordinance requires building managers to study their energy consumption, set a goal to reduce it and record it online, as well as obtain an energy consumption audit. Noncompliant buildings can be fined up to $100 a day, to a maximum of $2,500 per year, but since the point of the ordinance is to educate, the city hasn't issued any fines yet. [SF Gate/Photo: Illithid Dude]