Bayer, Integral Group, Lockheed Martin, Method and three other companies have committed to the US Green Building Council’s California Best Buildings Challenge, agreeing to reduce energy, water and waste in commercial buildings 20 percent over a two-year time period.
The new members, including Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Webcor Builders and XL Construction, join existing participants Adobe, Genentech, Google, Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP, and Zynga. The 13 companies have together committed more than six million square feet of building space to the program.
USGBC’s Northern California Chapter initiated and developed the challenge, which kicked off in June at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America, a meeting focused on finding solutions for economic recovery in the United States.
The California Best Buildings Challenge is inspired by the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge, which seeks 20 percent energy reductions in commercial and industrial buildings by 2020. The White House’s challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative launched in 2011 by President Obama to create jobs and encourage private-sector investment in commercial and industrial building energy upgrades.
In June, 36 states, local governments and school districts, including Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina, committed about 300 million square feet in building energy upgrades to Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge. The commitments brought the total number of public and private sector partners to more than 100, and added $300 million in estimated investments to the nearly $4 billion in public and private sector financial obligations the White House announced in December 2011. Other partners include GE, Alcoa, Schneider Electric, Best Buy, Staples and Starbucks.