Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center has found that the next major step we can take to significantly curb the amount of energy we use is right at our doorstep. Over 40 percent of our energy goes toward powering America’s buildings. According to our report, “Building Better,” we can cut that in half by 2050 if we take steps to require higher levels of energy efficiency from new buildings and ensure we are doing all we can to encourage retrofitting and weatherizing our existing ones.
More successful cities
By outlining what a high-quality transit system could do for a community, we educated Coloradans about the benefits of FasTracks, a plan to create a regional transit system in the Denver area.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of Coloradans about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that one out of 11 Coloradans live in counties that have alredy experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.