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Anne Torney Anne Torney of Mithun says the fossil fuel-free future is arriving, starting now.

BERKELEY, CA—This week, the Berkeley City Council banned natural gas in new low-rise residential buildings, the first in the nation to do so. The law goes into effect January 1, 2020 and phases out natural gas by requiring all new single-family homes, townhomes and small multifamily buildings to have electric infrastructure.

“I’m proud to vote on groundbreaking legislation to prohibit natural gas in new buildings,” said Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin in a tweet. “We are committed to the Paris Agreement and must take immediate action in order to reach our climate action goals. It’s not radical, it’s necessary.”

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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