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July 18 -- Owners of some of Chicago's most prominent buildings have committed to join an effort to slash energy use, after early participants reported a 7 percent reduction in less than two years.

Though the name of the game in building skyscrapers is to make them taller and grander, for those that sign on to Retrofit Chicago, the goal is to do more with less — cut energy consumption by 20 percent within five years.

"There are some buildings that did their entire five-year commitment in the first two years," Rebecca Stanfield, the Natural Resources Defense Council's deputy director for policy for the Midwest. "One of the big barriers we see to an uptake in energy-efficiency services is that while saving money may be high on a building executive's list, this isn't always the stuff they're paying attention to." >>View Article