Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

Last year, buildings used roughly 40 percent of the energy in the U.S. economy 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), we can make these buildings more energy efficient and better places to live and work while creating jobs and building a stronger economy.


"We feel that the marriage of technology and sustainability is the fiscally and environmentally responsible course for both our community and our customers. Our participation in the ABBC allows us to share our accomplishments as well as learn from the innovation of others."

- Marie Worsham, General Manager, Hines

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) is a voluntary initiative that challenges building stakeholders to demonstrate cost-effective strategies for reducing building energy and water consumption, with the goal of reducing energy consumption and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Leading facility operators have already met the goals of the challenge and can benefit from reduced utility costs, fewer maintenance calls, improved tenant retention and public recognition. Through conservation measures like lighting retrofits and HVAC upgrades, business for local service providers and installers are created - boosting the local economy as well as providing sales revenue to distributors and manufacturers of efficient products.

Building Participants commit to:

  • Reduce energy and water by 20 percent by 2020
  • Track utility consumption, benchmark building performance and report progress
  • Document planned or recently implemented projects and results
  • Share strategies used to achieve energy and water goals

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge provides:

  • Guidance and resources dedicated to the achievement of 20 percent reduction goals
  • Technical assistance to facilitate utility tracking and benchmarking using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®
  • Events, education and training for best practices in water and energy efficiency
  • National and local recognition for participants


Sustainable Georgia: Gaining Some Green

Today, 678 clean energy firms provide 19,633 full-time jobs in the Peach State – almost the same as the number of active physicians working here. The industry generates more than $2.9 billion in annual gross revenue and includes building efficiency, renewable energy, geothermal, smart grid, energy storage, fuel cell and alternative vehicle fuel sectors.

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Atlanta Mayor Reed Wins the 2014 Argon Award for Leadership in Sustainability

The Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed is the recipient of the 2014 Argon Award for leadership in sustainability for his efforts to bring Atlanta to the forefront of the national sustainability conversation.

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(Energy-efficient) Lights, Camera, Action! A lighting renovation at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre

A major lighting renovation is underway at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre. The renovation involves replacing 5,500 incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. When complete, the project is projected to reduce the electricity used by the upgraded bulbs by 80 percent, which will save the Fox over $14,000 annually.

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