Better Buildings Challenge

Better Buildings ChallengeThe buildings in which Americans work and live use roughly 40% of the energy in the United States at a cost of over $400 billion.

Through a variety of efficiency improvements (e.g., new lighting, greater insulation, more efficient heating and cooling) and proven approaches (clear information, access to financing, energy efficiency investment criteria), these buildings can be made more energy efficient while creating jobs and building a stronger economy.

Sacramento Better Buildings Challenge flier

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President’s Better Buildings Challenge

In February 2011, President Obama announced the Better Buildings Initiative to make commercial buildings 20% more energy efficient by 2020, while accelerating private sector investment in energy efficiency.

The President is challenging CEOs, university presidents, building owners, state and local government leaders and others to commit their organizations to lead in saving energy, saving money, and showcasing the best energy saving strategies and their results. Partners commit to an energy savings pledge, a showcase building, and to share their progress. Partners receive public recognition, technical assistance, and best practices sharing through a network of peers. Their leadership will provide real case studies and implementation models—linked to results—for others to use.

How does the Sacramento Better Buildings Challenge work?
What does an organization commit to?
What will Greenwise Joint Venture provide?
How can my organization get involved in the Better Buildings Challenge?
Who are the Sacramento Better Buildings Challenge partners?

How does the Sacramento Better Buildings Challenge work?

By joining the Sacramento Better Buildings Challenge (BBC), building owners and managers pledge to save 20% of their energy and water use, by 2020, in their selected buildings. The Sacramento BBC team, coordinated by Greenwise Joint Venture, works with the owners of these buildings to provide connections to building assessments, education and training courses, and project financing opportunities.

The City of Sacramento has committed to retrofit 12 million square feet, or 10 percent of the square footage, of its commercial, office and industrial buildings by 2020.

What does an organization commit to?

Building participants commit to:

  1. Publicly pledging a building-specific energy savings goal and developing a plan and schedule
  2. Identifying a building energy savings project and implementing the project
  3. Sharing utility data with the Sacramento Better Buildings Challenge project team (data is linked to a larger database with results reported quarterly to the U.S. Department of Energy)
  4. Sharing information about the technologies, and processes used to implement projects and reach their pledge goal

What will Greenwise Joint Venture provide?

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge, Greenwise Joint Venture commits to:

  1. Providing connections to energy efficiency implementation technical assistance to help participants identify opportunities and achieve their pledge
  2. Establishing a marketplace of energy efficiency stakeholders such as government, industry, service providers, financial institutions, and technology resources in order to transform the market and realize the full economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency projects
  3. Publicly recognizing partners and participants for their progress in achieving milestones and reaching goals through various marketing and PR initiatives
  4. Providing connections to educational resources for building owners, managers and operators

How can my organization get involved in the Better Buildings Challenge?

To register as a participant contact:
Julia Burrows, President & Executive Director
(916) 520-4581 • julia @ greenwisejv.org

Who are the Sacramento Better Buildings Challenge partners?

City of Sacramento
Greenwise Joint Venture
SMUD
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U.S. Department of Energy

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