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Seeking a Just Transition to a Decarbonized Built Environment

Community Climate Shift funds projects driving community-led decarbonization and building performance standards.

We know that decarbonizing existing buildings is crucial to meaningfully reduce the carbon footprint of the building sector, but retrofitting older building stock, especially multifamily housing, is a formidable challenge. A new initiative, Community Climate Shift, hopes to demonstrate that it can be done rapidly—and equitably.

Just 2% of buildings receive a climate- or energy-related upgrade per year in the U.S., according to a 2022 article by Lotte Schlegel, executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation. This is not enough to meet our country’s goal to halve economy-wide emissions by 2030. A suite of federal initiatives and funding aims to address this by spurring state and local governments to decarbonize their existing building stock in a way that ensures frontline communities benefit from the transition.

Published November 6, 2023

Waters, E. (2023, October 24). Seeking a Just Transition to a Decarbonized Built Environment. Retrieved from