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On Thursday, the Philadelphia City Council approved an order that will have owners of large commercial buildings report their energy consumption to the government under a new system that will "benchmark" properties for efficiency in effort to encourage conservation.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) - Sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the new rule requires the owners of buildings that are larger than 50,000 square feet to score their properties, according to an Energy Star ranking made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Supporters hope that the public rankings will give building owners, as well as prospective buyers and tenants, comparative energy-efficiency data.
The rule is to go into effect on June 1, 2013, and to be administered by the city's Office of Sustainability. Failure to follow the rule would be punishable by a $300 fine for the first 30 days and then a daily $100.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.