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$90M awarded to update building energy codes

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Cities Retrofit United Nations’ Goals to Remake the World

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Maine’s Offshore Wind Promise Goes Unfulfilled, Advocates Say

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Making the Business Case for Cities-Driven Climate Protections

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Taking City Sustainability to the Next Level

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Smart City Development Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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