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 Policy Order Resolution
  O-19
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  July 29, 2013
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS:

Commercial, industrial and residential buildings are responsible for over 80% of Cambridge's greenhouse gas emissions; and 

    

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge energy policies and programs encourage the wise use of energy and supports the incremental reduction on environmental impacts; and 
     
WHEREAS:

Air conditioner use nationwide is the leading source of energy use within buildings; and 

   
WHEREAS:

Additionally, a recent study found that when a 10,000-square-foot business keeps its doors open for eight hours a day, five days a week - it wastes 4,200 kilowatt hours of electricity and pays an additional $1,000 on its summer electric bill; and 

   
WHEREAS:

Many Cambridge businesses choose to open their doors in the summer to entice customers inside while the building air conditioning is powered on. The net result is a waste of electricity and an unnecessary demand on the communities' electrical grid; and 

    
WHEREAS:

New York City, New York has established and enforced open door while air condition prohibitions (with some exemptions for stores less than 4,000 sq feet); now therefore be it

   
ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work together with the City of Cambridge Law Department to explore the establishment of a similar prohibition for Cambridge, and when this prohibition is put in place, precede its installation with an awareness campaign through the Cambridge Energy Alliance and the new Community Compact for a Sustainable Future; and be it further

   
ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is request to report back to the City Council on this matter. 

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