Salt Lake Mayor Orders New City Buildings to be 'Green'

Salt Lake Mayor Orders New City Buildings to be 'Green'

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City is committing itself to environmentally-friendly construction projects.

Mayor Rocky Anderson signed an executive order decreeing that all future city-owned buildings be built from energy-efficient designs and recycled materials.

Anderson took the action Friday. It could be overturned by a future mayor, but he is working on an ordinance for council approval to keep the regulations in effect.

The mayor says cutting energy use helps reduce global warming.

His announcement came on the heels of the opening of the city's new Intermodal Hub. The hub was built to the environmental standards. His order coincides with the Sundance Summit, a confab of 45 U.S. mayors invited by Anderson and actor and activist Robert Redford to talk about global warming.

Anderson's order will govern the remodeling of the old city library into the Leonardo science and arts center and the construction of the westside Unity Center.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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