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By Brice Wallace

A new Salt Lake City ordinance will require benchmarking and annual measuring of energy use by commercial buildings of over 25,000 square feet.

The city council recently passed the ordinance, proposed by Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city’s Sustainability Department, which is designed to cut energy costs, improve local air quality and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

“This ordinance has been in the works for over a year,” Biskupski said. “Over that time, it’s been a case study in collaborative policymaking, and I want to thank all the stakeholders involved. I’m proud that we ended up with a policy that will help clear the air, save building owners’ money, improve transparency and reduce Salt Lake City’s carbon footprint.”

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