The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Exceeds Goal

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This article by Southface staffer, Joe Winslow, celebrates the Atlanta Better Building Challenge's (ABBC) achievement in exceeding its goal to reduce energy and water consumption by 2020 and doing so way ahead of schedule.

Southface Assists in First Water Efficiency Standards for U.S. Buildings

May 31 saw the release of Water Audit Guidance for Commercial Buildings, a multiyear effort by City Energy Project, headed by the Institute for Market Transformation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, together with Southface Institute, H.W. (Bill) Hoffman & Associates, LLC, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (and partners) and 20 local governments, to create the first comprehensive guide to propose water efficiency measures for commercial buildings.

Building Sustainable Cities

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Bright lights and soaring towers make up Atlanta’s iconic skyline, but also represent an opportunity to tackle one of the planet’s most pressing issues: energy and water consumption. According to the Department of Energy, about 20 percent of the energy used in the U.S. goes to power commercial buildings, and the Environmental Protection Agency reports that the commercial and institutional sector is the second-largest consumer of publicly-supplied water in the country, representing 17 percent of withdrawals from the public supply.

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Celebrates Top Performers

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In partnership with the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, Southface, Midtown Alliance and Livable Buckhead, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) is a public/private initiative to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent by 2020 across the Atlanta area. Led by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, the program …

The Atlanta Audubon Society Partners with the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge to Create Lights Out Atlanta

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The Atlanta Audubon Society has announced that they will be working with the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) to create a new, voluntary program called Lights Out Atlanta. The program hopes to educate people about reducing the number of bird deaths in Atlanta due to unnecessary light use. According to the Atlanta Audubon Society, an …

Atlanta Has Earned Bragging Rights for Going ‘Green’

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When it comes to the Better Buildings Challenge, Atlanta has outpaced all its competitors that have pledged to reduce energy and water consumption by 2020. Atlanta has more property square footage signed up in the program than any other city.

Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Announces Major Achievements and New Partners

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Mayor Reed announced Wednesday that the Atlanta BBC has already achieved 20% water savings with a 2010 baseline, and 11% energy savings with a 2009 baseline. He added that the program now boasts 100 million square feet of committed building space in the City of Atlanta, which represents the largest commitment of any local partner at the national level with DOE.

Atlanta Rising to the Better Buildings Challenge

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The Better Buildings Challenge (BBC), announced by President Obama in 2011, is designed to integrate efficiency practices into our buildings that can lead to great benefits, including cost savings, avoided emissions, and a healthier economy. Through the BBC, the President is challenging CEOs, university presidents, state and local government leaders, and others to voluntarily commit their organizations to reduce their energy consumption by at least 20% by 2020.