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SAN FRANCISCO—After being sworn in to an unprecedented fourth term, California Governor Jerry Brown just recently revealed an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change over the next 15 years. Among the Governor’s bold climate initiatives is a plan to double the efficiency of California’s existing buildings by 2030.  

In climate change conversations, the energy, industrial and transportation sectors often garner most of the focus and attention because they collectively account for approximately eighty percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. But, commercial buildings also account for a significant percentage of emissions, a point not lost on California’s Governor. 

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