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10 US cities vow to cut emissions from buildings

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | 11:34 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayors from 10 U.S. cities are pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings.

The promise made Wednesday means Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City will craft their own plans to make buildings more energy efficient.

While power plants are the nation's No. 1 carbon emitter, it's long been known that buildings also contribute to carbon dioxide emissions. Most of it comes from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting.

The project is by the National Resources Defense Council and Institute for Market Transformation. It's funded by ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation and other philanthropic groups.

The groups say the reductions would be similar to taking more than a millions cars off the road.