City Council Says Greener Buildings for Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's City Council voted to make city buildings more environmentally friendly. The Allegheny Front's Sarah Rutherford reports.

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OPEN: Pittsburgh's City Council voted to make city buildings more environmentally friendly. The AFí's Sarah Rutherford reports.

RUTHERFORD: In a recent vote, Pittsburgh's City Council amended the building code. Anything the city builds for over $2 million or that uses Tax Increment Financing must meet LEED Silver Standards. These standards reduce carbon dioxide emissions, waste output, and electricity consumption. The Green Building Alliance says these standards will cut energy costs by 40%

180 cities have already adopted LEED standards for new buildings - some more stingent than Pittsburgh's new requirement. Councilman Bill Peduto, who sponsored this bill, acknowledges the city has a long way to go. But with the unanimous passing of the bill, Peduto is optimistic.

PEDUTO: If this were about five years ago it would have been a very contentious vote and would have barely been able to get the five votes needed to pass. Green has become mainstream and in so politicians have found the water warm and are willing to jump in.

RUTHERFORD: Peduto says continued cooperation between the foundation communityóorganizations like Green Building Allianceóand city government is necessary to put Pittsburgh at the front of the pack.

For the AF, I'm Sarah Rutherford