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It just makes sense

A commonsense proposal to make Madison’s buildings more efficient is in front of the Economic Development Committee of the City Council Wednesday, but opponents are spreading misinformation and putting the proposal at risk. Inefficient buildings waste energy and money, and the proposed Benchmarking Ordinance is a key first step to tackling these problems.

Benchmarking simply means measuring a building’s energy performance and comparing it to similar buildings.This simple yet effective action leads to more energy-efficiency upgrades and increases the value of buildings. If we want to meet our city’s sustainability goals, reduce air pollution and combat climate change, we must take this simple step to address our existing buildings.

Your voice is critically important to stop the spread of false information about this ordinance and make sure this smart proposal moves forward!

Contact your City of Madison alder BY 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18 using this website and ask them to support the Benchmarking Ordinance, Legistar #32255. At the end of this email, you'll also find a suggested message to share with your alder. (Need more information? Find the ordinance and background information HERE.)

Want to have a bigger impact? Attend the hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room 300 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


Suggested message:
As your constituent, I urge you to support the Benchmarking Ordinance, Legistar #32255, which requires building owners to measure and report their energy usage. If we want to meet our city’s sustainability goals, reduce air pollution and combat climate change, we must take this step simple step to address our existing buildings.

Experience in other cities has shown that once an owner has this basic information about their buildings, they often make voluntary improvements on their own by identifying cost-effective opportunities for energy efficiency. Not only does benchmarking lead to voluntary energy efficiency upgrades, these improvements increase the resale value of the building, reduce pollution and save money and energy.

 

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