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Better Buildings Challenge Adds Water Goal

The Energy Department is expanding the Better Buildings Challenge to include a new water savings goal. Interested partners can work directly with the Energy Department to advance data collection and analysis practices and share more solutions to common water saving barriers. The Energy Department will coordinate with other federal agencies, … Read more »

Cox Meets Better Buildings Challenge Six Years Early

Cox Media Group’s facility housing its Atlanta TV and radio stations has met Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge nearly six years ahead of the 2020 goal. The facility reduced its energy and water consumption by more than 20 percent, compared to 2009 usage, and is annually saving nearly 650,000 gallons of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Bee Report, Post-Sandy Aid, Energy Contracts Urged

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR, pictured) has urged President Obama’s administration to contract for the remaining $1.5 billion in energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) by the end of 2013. Obama committed the federal government in December 2011 to spend $2 billion on energy upgrades via ESPCs, as part of the … Read more »

Sprint is First Telecommunications Company to Join Better Buildings Challenge

Sprint, Macy’s and Johnson Controls are joining the Better Buildings Challenge. The companies will upgrade more than 200 million square feet of building space to cut energy use by at least 20 percent by 2020. Read more at Energy Manager Today.

Bayer, Lockheed Martin Commit to Cut Energy, Water 20% in Two Years

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, … Read more »

Office Depot Cuts Energy Consumption 37%

Office Depot has lowered its portfolio-wide energy consumption 37 percent in seven years, earning it a spot on the EPA’s list of 2012 Energy Star Leaders for Leadership in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The company says it’s the first ever retailer in the US to be recognized for a 30 … Read more »

36 States, Cities, School Districts Join Better Buildings Challenge

36 States, Cities, School Districts Join Better Buildings Challenge

Thirty-six new states, local governments and school districts have committed about 300 million square feet in building energy upgrades to President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, intended to make US buildings 20 percent more efficient by 2020. Partners announced yesterday include Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Santa Fe, Omaha, … Read more »