Seattle skyline By: David Herrera
Tracking water and energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings is an important tool for cities hoping to address sustainability problems. Austin, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are among the U.S. cities that have been tackling data collection. Seattle comes in first of all American cities, receiving data from 87% of its commercial and multi-residential buildings over 5,000 square feet. Cities nationwide who “experience disclosure requirements for energy and water are reporting lower energy costs for businesses”. Places who are enforcing a level of transparency from their buildings are more capable of conserving energy and water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and enhancing sustainability and green power.