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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 28, 2019
As a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) took visitors on a tour to see firsthand the improvements made at the Santee Educational Complex—one of the district’s showcase projects. Maria T. Vargas, Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 30, 2019
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Orlando, Florida. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Orlando was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Orlando was selected because of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 18, 2019
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Denver, Colorado. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Denver was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Denver was selected because of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 20, 2018
With the close of 2018, we wanted to share the 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past year. Check out these popular solutions you may have missed! 1. Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0 The Better Buildings Financing Navigator helps users learn the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
Earlier this year, Better Buildings partner Northwestern University became the first university in more than a decade to receive the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its efforts to reduce campus energy consumption and educate students, faculty, staff and the broader community about...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
Determining why a building’s systems aren’t performing as well as expected or finding the financial resources to implement more capital-intensive efficiency projects can be challenging. That’s why we’re highlighting Better Buildings solutions for two important energy efficiency solutions: retro-...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 12, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) Partner, Chicago was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Chicago was selected...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Dec 10, 2018
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), a Better Buildings Challenge partner, was announced as a winner of the 3rd-annual Zero Net Energy (ZNE) School Leadership Award at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit. The award was presented by the New Buildings Institute in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 04, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Pittsburgh was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Pittsburgh was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 30, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of San Diego, California. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) Partner, San Diego was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. San Diego was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 28, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Boston was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Boston was selected because...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 16, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Los Angeles, California. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge Partner, Los Angeles was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Los Angeles was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 15, 2018
On November 13, 2018 representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) traveled to Shepherdsville, Kentucky to recognize Better Buildings Challenge partner Bullitt County Public Schools for its energy productivity advances. Director of DOE's Better Buildings Challenge Maria Vargas visited...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 31, 2018
Our 10 most-viewed solutions from the past month deliver valuable insights into workforce development, energy efficiency financing, outdoor lighting, staff engagement, water benchmarking, and more. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Webinar Series  This 5-part webinar...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 02, 2018
This month’s Top 10 most-viewed solutions on the Better Buildings Solution Center include the Home Energy Score™, a webinar series on performance contracting, the new Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, Ford’s Go Green Dealership Program and more! 1. Home Energy Score™  Home owners, buyers,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 05, 2018
This month’s Top 10 most frequently viewed solutions include the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, tips on how to become a Home Energy Score Certified Assessor™, solutions from the city of Boston and Bullitt County School District, a toolkit on energy data benchmarking, and more! 1. Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 30, 2018
After being recognized for achieving its first Better Buildings goal of $75 million in financing for energy efficiency-as-a-service projects, Financial Ally Metrus Energy has set a new goal of $175 million that it hopes to achieve and exceed in the near future. Metrus Energy is a San Francisco-...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Aug 02, 2018
UW Health is an integrated health system that serves more than 600,000 patients each year and includes seven hospitals and 80 outpatient sites. In 2016, UW Health committed to the Better Buildings Challenge setting the goal of a 20% energy use intensity (EUI) reduction from a 2013 baseline by 2023...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Jul 25, 2018
Leaders in healthcare sustainability convened at the 2018 CleanMed conference in San Diego, California to “accelerate the sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability and regenerative health to improve the health of people and the environment.”[1] This year, Better Buildings Challenge...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2018
On June 21, 2018 Shorenstein Properties released its 2018 Sustainability Report that highlights the company’s aggressive new environmental performance goals. By 2025 Shorenstein is seeking to cut both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, while increasing recycling by 20%. Shorenstein is...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 04, 2018
Here are Top 10 most-viewed solutions from the past 30 days. This eclectic group of resources highlights innovative partner solutions from manufacturers, local governments, and Financial Allies as well as useful tools for ESPC, CPACE financing, and RTU retrofits. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings...
by Jen Singer, ICF on May 21, 2018
On April 4, 2018, Montgomery County, Maryland held its 5th annual energy summit on the topic of sustainability in the greater community. DOE Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) K-12 Schools Lead Crystal McDonald moderated a panel entitled “Stepping on the EUI Scale: Fine Tuning Energy Efficiency in K...
by Jen Singer, ICF on May 21, 2018
Three Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) K-12 school partners participated in a panel at the Green Schools Conference and Expo on May 4 in Denver. The panel, entitled “Benchmarking for Books: How Schools Save Money through Benchmarking” featured presentations by the Los Angeles Unified School...
by Leslie Zarker, ICF on May 15, 2018
LINC Housing’s SEED Partners, LLC – a Better Buildings Challenge Partner – has installed new solar photovoltaic systems at five properties, impacting 545 low-income family and senior households, reducing resident energy bills, and providing solar installation job training for the community. Co-...
by L’Oréal on May 03, 2018
The Better Buildings Challenge SWAP is a special experience. It’s a chance to peek behind the curtain at what other companies are doing to reduce their energy use. Technology is obviously a big player in this effort, but what really stood out to me during SWAP is that reducing energy use is all...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 30, 2018
The Top 10 Solutions for April feature the 10 most viewed solutions in the past month. This list includes some new solutions from the industrial, data center, local government, and financing sectors. With popular resources ranging from tools for upgrading parking lighting to guidance on...
by Maria T. Vargas, DOE on Apr 24, 2018
SWAP 4 is a showdown of manufacturing giants. L’Oréal USA’s North Little Rock plant and General Motor’s (GM) Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant are finely-tuned operations. At both locations, dedicated employees work alongside advanced robots (large and small) to create products we use every day....
by Jen Singer, ICF on Apr 20, 2018
Poudre School District, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, partnered with ReNew Our Schools, a local non-profit organization to launch a month-long student competition to spur innovation and excitement around energy efficiency and sustainability. Sixteen of the district’s 50 schools competed in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 30, 2018
The Top 10 Solutions from March are here, featuring our 10 most-viewed solutions from this past month. We kick off April with some impressive Implementation Models, useful toolkits, and a brand-new Showcase Project! Covering sectors ranging from industrial plants to apparel companies to colleges,...
by Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow on Mar 27, 2018
In February, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) hosted an invite-only roundtable with a diverse representation of commercial building operators working to support smart building technology implementation. Attendees represented the commercial real estate, education, retail, grocery,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 27, 2018
The Top 10 Solutions for February are here, featuring our 10 most viewed solutions from this past month. We kick off March by introducing some solutions new to the Top 10, including projects for a variety of buildings! Covering sectors ranging from industrial plants to hotels to colleges, the Top...
by Brittany Ryan, JDM Associates on Jan 10, 2018
In December, two Better Buildings Challenge Partners – Chicago and the District of Columbia– received recognition for their leadership in energy and sustainability. The City of Chicago earned the Cities4Energy award, one of the 2017 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards, lauding excellence in...
by David Ruggiero, ICF on Jan 02, 2018
The Boston area is home to an impressive and active number of Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Partners. Hailing from the public, affordable, and market-rate housing domains, these partners have combined assets of more than 61 million square feet of developed space and approximately 80,000...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 19, 2017
On December 12, 2017, representatives from the Department of Energy traveled to Shari’s Café & Pies in Lynnwood, Washington and to King County International Airport to recognize Shari’s and King County for their energy efficiency leadership. Shari’s Café & Pies is the first full-service...
by Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow on Dec 05, 2017
Advocates for the development and investment of high-performing, energy efficient buildings understand the hurdles that come along with proving the business case to commercial real estate owners and investors. Fortunately, a strong and growing amount of research effectively shows the significant...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 01, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions from November feature a wide range of sustainability best practices. They include a unique water-saving Implementation Model from a leading university, a video showcasing opportunities for clean energy in commercial real estate properties, energy-saving contracts and more. If...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 02, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions from October will inspire you to immediately improve your energy-efficiency practices. The Top 10 Solutions from September kicked off our fall solutions with a bang, but October delivered some crucial building insights for the colder months ahead. This edition of the Top 10...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Nov 02, 2017
Both New York and Rhode Island have enacted legislation prioritizing energy efficiency with measurable success. New York created a framework to set energy reduction targets and track improvements, while Rhode Island established a set of guiding principles to make energy efficiency more cost...
by Daniel Robinson, DOE on Oct 26, 2017
Good news for owners and operators of small data centers in Maryland! This summer, Maryland’s Energy Administration (MEA) announced the Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program (DCEEG), which awards grants from $20,000 to $200,000 for eligible energy efficiency projects in commercial, state/...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 23, 2017
Welcome to the Better Buildings Challenge, Reno! The Biggest Little City in the World has set out to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2025 in municipal buildings and in participating commercial, multifamily, and industrial buildings across the City. The City of Reno...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 05, 2017
On September 20, 2017, representatives from the Department of Energy traveled to The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo and Convention Center to honor Las Vegas Sands Corp. for its energy-efficiency work at the largest hotel under one roof in the world. At these properties, Las Vegas Sands Corp...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 29, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions for September will show you tried-and-true energy solutions to help your energy efficiency goals fall into place! If you thought our Top 10 Solutions in August rounded out the summer well, the bonafide solutions from September will keep you intrigued for the new season. This...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 06, 2017
Proper building maintenance is a critical component of any facility’s sustainability strategy. Without the right tools in place, it can be challenging to know if your HVAC system has leaky chilled water valves or outdoor air sensor drift. Better Buildings Challenge partner, Sprint, has a tool that...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions for August deliver a riveting wrap-up to summer. If you enjoyed our Top 10 Solutions in July, the tried-and-true solutions from August won’t leave you disappointed. This edition of the Top 10 includes energy practices from a healthcare system that has saved the organization $...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 17, 2017
The 2017 Better Buildings Summit brought the best and brightest energy-efficiency experts to Washington, D.C., and this month, we're recapping our top-performing Summit presentations according to attendee feedback. Coming in at Number 4 is "Believe in Green: Investor-Oriented Sustainability...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 10, 2017
This summer, representatives from the City of Nashville and the Department of Energy traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to honor Loews Hotels & Co. for its energy-efficient upgrades and retrofits at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Since 2015, the Vanderbilt hotel has improved its energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 10, 2017
When the Better Buildings Challenge was initially established in 2011, Atlanta became one of the first cities in the country to join the Challenge and commit to 20 percent energy savings and 20 percent water-usage reduction across its city-wide infrastructure by the year 2020.  However, like a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 07, 2017
The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has joined the Better Buildings Challenge, joining a long list of local governments that have committed to aggressive energy-efficiency goals that help municipalities save energy and money while creating jobs. In the United States, local government buildings...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Aug 03, 2017
On July 19, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the 2017 Green Ribbon Schools awardees, recognizing two Better Buildings Challenge partners and one Zero Energy Schools Accelerator partner for their sustainability efforts and ecologically-minded student engagement. Fairfax County Public Schools...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 12, 2017
The Hilton Austin Convention Center was a unique challenge for the Hilton team when it came to energy-saving upgrades; the space is a city-owned, mixed-use complex that contains the 801-room, 24-floor Hilton hotel, the Chamber of Commerce, 99 condos, and of course, a convention center. Mixed-use...