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August 06, 2014

How Construction Workers are Helping to Build the Clean Energy Economy

While in Pittsburgh recently, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stopped by a construction site to speak with some of the all-union workers who are building the Tower at PNC Plaza, a super-efficient 33-story office building in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

Energy efficiency is often overlooked when talking about America’s clean energy future, but it’s one of the best ways to reduce energy waste and lower our carbon footprint. With buildings accounting for 40% of America’s energy use, constructing more efficient work spaces is helping to reduce the country’s carbon emissions.

Most importantly, energy efficiency is a win-win-win. Businesses are increasingly incorporating energy efficient technologies to reduce their operating costs and create a better work environment for their employees. Of course, this new construction is also supporting well-paid, highly-skilled jobs that cannot be sent overseas. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog.