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Energy-saving program spreads from Downtown to Oakland

| Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 12:14 a.m.

Pittsburgh's 2030 District initiative, which aims to reduce energy and water consumption in buildings, may make the city the nation's first to have two districts.

Downtown 2030 District, which started two years ago and involves more than 100 properties, will add the Oakland District on Aug. 28.

The volunteer program also is geared to generate energy savings through reduced transportation emissions and improve indoor air quality, according to Pittsburgh-based Green Building Alliance, the local innovator of the 2030 District which has set its goal of having buildings comply with energy-saving activities by that date.

The object of the program is to reduce energy costs and increase business competitiveness and owners' return on investment, the alliance said. Other cities taking part in the 2030 Initiative are Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver and Cleveland.

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