Better Buildings Summit 2014

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2014 Better Buildings Summit

In February of 2011, President Obama launched the Better Buildings Challenge to help American commercial and industrial buildings become at least 20 percent more efficient by 2020.  More than 120 diverse organizations representing over 2 billion square feet of real estate are already on track to meet that 2020 goal and cut their energy use by 2.5 percent annually. These efforts obviously save families and businesses money on their utility bills, they reduce energy demand, and they help us to achieve our climate goals by reducing greenhouse emissions. This week’s events will highlight the progress for our private and public sector.

As promised in his State of the Union Address, President Obama said that this is a Year of Action and that he will act on his own if need be to get things done such as in the case to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. He has been using the power of his phone, and all of the people in his administration have been working to get more commitments from more partners on these key sectors to get more efficiency in our build sector, more deployment of solar across the economy.

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President Obama’s plan to fight Climate Change:  http://www.whitehouse.gov//climate-change

President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

 

Better Buildings Summit

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites Better Buildings partners and stakeholders to a national Summit to catalyze investment in energy efficiency across the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily housing sectors. We look forward to highlighting innovative market solutions, and recognizing leaders for their innovation and accomplishments.

Attendees across sectors and Better Buildings programs will engage in dialogue focused on sharing demonstrated market and technology solutions and proven approaches with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings.

Better Buildings Summit sessions will focus on the following high-impact areas:

  • Innovative Replicable Solutions from Market Leaders: Implement energy management practices and demonstrated business solutions.
  • Making Energy Efficiency Investment Easier: Make use of data and information and strategies to mobilize capital.
  • High Impact Technologies: Explore technologies and the systems/whole-building approaches deployed by Better Buildings partners.
  • Collaborations and Partnerships: Collaborate or partner with labs, utilities, manufacturers, cities, states, and other stakeholders to cut energy waste in our nation’s buildings by 20% in 10 years.

For more: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/summit/

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Better Buildings Summit 2014
May 7-9, 2014

Washington, DC

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
    Department of the Interior

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    Vice President Biden ceremonially swears in Puneet Talwar as Assistant Secretary of State
    State Department

    2:00 PM
    2:45 PM
    President Obama is interviewed by local and national meteorologists participating in “Weather from the White House”

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Kerry

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    2014 Better Buildings Summit

    In February of 2011, President Obama launched the Better Buildings Challenge to help American commercial and industrial buildings become at least 20 percent more efficient by 2020. More than 120 diverse organizations representing over 2 billion square feet of real estate are already on track to meet that 2020 goal and cut their energy use by 2.5 percent annually. These efforts obviously save families and businesses money on their utility bills, they reduce energy demand, and they help us to achieve our climate goals by reducing greenhouse emissions. This week’s events will highlight the progress for our private and public sector.

    As promised in his State of the Union Address, President Obama said that this is a Year of Action and that he act on my own if need be to get things done in order to make progress to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. He has been using the power of his phone, and all of the people in his administration have been working to get more commitments from more partners on these key sectors to get more efficiency in our build sector, more deployment of solar across the economy.

    • CR says:

      Better Buildings Summit

      energy.gov

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites Better Buildings partners and stakeholders to a national Summit to catalyze investment in energy efficiency across the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily housing sectors. We look forward to highlighting innovative market solutions, and recognizing leaders for their innovation and accomplishments.

      Attendees across sectors and Better Buildings programs will engage in dialogue focused on sharing demonstrated market and technology solutions and proven approaches with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings.

      Better Buildings Summit sessions will focus on the following high-impact areas:

      Innovative Replicable Solutions from Market Leaders: Implement energy management practices and demonstrated business solutions.
      Making Energy Efficiency Investment Easier: Make use of data and information and strategies to mobilize capital.
      High Impact Technologies: Explore technologies and the systems/whole-building approaches deployed by Better Buildings partners.
      Collaborations and Partnerships: Collaborate or partner with labs, utilities, manufacturers, cities, states, and other stakeholders to cut energy waste in our nation’s buildings by 20% in 10 years.
      For more: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/summit/

    • CR says:

      Inside the White House: Solar Panels

      Published on May 9, 2014

      Go inside the White House and learn about the installation of solar panels on the roof of the residence. http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2014/05/09/inside-white-house-solar-panels

    • CR says:

      May 09, 2014

      FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

      Private and Public Sector Commitments and Executive Actions Will Create Jobs and Cut
      Carbon Pollution
      Today, President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency. The commitments represent more than 850 megawatts of solar deployed – enough to power nearly 130,000 homes – as well as energy efficiency investments that will lower bills for more than 1 billion square feet of buildings. Additionally, the President announced new executive actions that will lead to $2 billion in energy efficiency investments in Federal buildings; smarter appliances that will cut carbon pollution by more than 380 million metric tons – equivalent to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year – and will save businesses nearly $26 billion on their energy bills; and training programs at community colleges across the country that will assist 50,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020.

      President Obama is committed to making 2014 a year of action and has pledged to use the power of his phone and his pen to expand opportunity for all Americans. Last month, the White House hosted a Solar Summit celebrating cross-sector leadership on solar and calling for commitments to support solar deployment and jobs through the expand use of solar in our homes, businesses, and schools. The President has also called on private and public sector leaders to join the Better Buildings Challenge and continue improving the efficiency of American commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings and industrial plants by 20 percent or more over ten years.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/09/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-commitments-and-executive-actions-a

  3. CR says:

    President Obama is Taking Action

    Since January, the President has taken more than 20 actions to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and expand opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead.

    * Raising the Minimum Wage
    The President will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10, because no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.

    * Promoting Economic Development in “Promise Zones”
    Early this year, the President announced the first five Promise Zones — regions that have put forward plans on how they’ll partner with local businesses and community leaders to make investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity for more Americans.

    * Helping Americans Retire with Dignity
    The President directed the Treasury Department to create “myRA,” a new starter savings account that will help millions of Americans begin saving for their retirement.

    * Building 21st-Century Workplaces
    On June 23, 2014, the White House will co-host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for transforming America’s workplaces. Revamping workplace policies in areas such as discrimination, flexibility, and paid leave will make our workplaces more inclusive to working families and ensure America’s global economic competitiveness in the coming decades

    * Ensuring Equal Pay for Women
    Finding out whether or not you’re earning fair pay at work starts with a conversation. That’s why President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation

    * Strengthening Overtime Protections
    Every worker should be paid a fair wage equal to their efforts. That’s why the President signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to update overtime pay protections to help make sure millions of workers are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work — and that the rules are simplified for workers and employers alike.

    * Investing in High-Tech Manufacturing
    In January and February, the President announced three more high-tech manufacturing institutes — next-generation power electronics in Raleigh, digital manufacturing and design in Chicago, and lightweight and modern metals in the Detroit area — and there are at least four more on the way.

    * Training America’s Workers
    On January 30, President Obama directed the Vice President to lead a full review of the federal job-training system to ensure job-training programs are demand-driven, high-quality, and lead to well-paying jobs. And on April 16, the President and Vice President announced two new grant programs to spread models of job-driven training — along with private-sector commitments to build on those efforts.

    * Helping the Long-Term Unemployed
    The President is partnering with CEOs and other business leaders to get long-term unemployed Americans back to work. More than 300 companies have already signed onto new best practices for recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed.

    * Expanding Apprenticeships
    The President will call on business leaders, community colleges, mayors, governors, and labor leaders to increase the number of U.S. apprenticeships. Through on-the-job training, apprenticeships give young workers a path to well-paying careers and help American businesses better compete in the global marketplace.

    * Increasing Fuel Efficiency
    On February 18, the President directed the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation to develop and issue new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles and propose new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that run on alternative fuels like natural gas — benefiting our planet, our economy, and our energy security.

    * Cutting Carbon Pollution
    President Obama directed his Administration to work with states, cities, and tribes to cut harmful carbon pollution by developing clean energy and energy efficiency policies.

    * Connecting Our Classrooms
    President Obama’s ConnectED initiative will connect 99% of U.S. students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. This connectivity will empower America’s students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.

    * Increasing College Opportunity
    The President is asking colleges, universities, nonprofits, and businesses to develop ways to improve students’ access to and completion of higher education, because a college education is a prerequisite for 21st-century jobs.

    * Help More Students Apply for Federal Aid for College
    On March 7, the President announced a FAFSA Completion Initiative, led by the Department of Education, to increase the percentage of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA).

    * Creating Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color
    The President signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force to assess which public and private efforts are improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color, and how the federal government’s policies and programs can better support those efforts.

    * Redesigning Our High Schools
    On April 7, President Obama announced more than $100 million in grants — using existing Department of Labor funds — to support high school models that better prepare students for college and the careers of the future.

    Learn more below about how the President is making
    2014 a year of action: http://www.whitehouse.gov/year-of-action

  4. CR says:

    White House to unveil dire climate warning in new report

    5/6/14 6 hours ago By Valerie Volcovici – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will release an updated report on Tuesday showing how climate change touches every part of the country, as the administration seeks to convince the American public on the need for a crackdown on carbon pollution.

    Some environmental and public health groups expect the U.S. National Climate Assessment to be a “game changer” in the administration’s efforts to address climate change.

    The extensive report will update a January 2013 draft, which detailed how consequences of climate change are hitting on several fronts, including health, infrastructure, water supply, agriculture and especially more frequent severe weather.

    Since then, the report was reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences and attracted more than 4,000 public comments.

    The advisory committee behind the report was established by the U.S. Department of Commerce to integrate federal research on environmental change and its implications for society. It made two earlier assessments, in 2000 and 2009.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-unveil-dire-climate-warning-report-053001184–finance.html

  5. CR says:

    Growing Exports Shrink U.S. Trade Deficit as Global Demand Stirs

    May 6, 2014 5:46 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    The biggest gain in U.S. exports in nine months helped narrow the trade deficit in March, pointing to a revival of global demand that will help the world’s largest economy strengthen.

    The gap shrank by 3.6 percent to $40.4 billion from the prior month’s $41.9 billion, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 66 economists called for a reduction to $40 billion. Sales to foreign customers climbed 2.1 percent on growing demand for aircraft, autos and fuels.

    A slowdown in trade helped depress economic growth in the first quarter, which was already held back by harsh winter weather that trimmed business investment. The March improvement adds to a spate of data showing the world’s largest economy was gaining steam heading into the second quarter.

    “Exports rebounded after a few weaker months, and that’s good to see,” said Paul Edelstein, director of financial economics at IHS Global Insight Inc. in Lexington, Massachusetts, who projected the gap would narrow to $40.5 billion. “Imports were also up, and that’s a good sign because it suggests that business and consumer spending are back on track. In general, this is a pretty good report.’

    For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-06/trade-gap-shrinks-as-u-s-exports-rise-by-most-in-nine-months.html

  6. CR says:

    11:45 AM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
    Department of the Interior

  7. CR says:

    May 06, 2014

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Israel

    National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice will lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group meetings May 7-8. The U.S. delegation includes senior representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, and the Intelligence Community. The U.S.-Israel Consultative Group meets regularly for strategic interagency consultations with senior members of the U.S. and Israeli Governments to discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional security issues. Ambassador Rice looks forward to her first visit to Israel as National Security Advisor, and will attend bilateral meetings with President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu in addition to the Consultative Group meetings.

  8. CR says:

    1:45 PM ET
    Vice President Biden ceremonially swears in Puneet Talwar as Assistant Secretary of State
    State Department

  9. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    National Climate Assessment Event
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?319224-2/white-house-unveils-climate-assessment-report

    • CR says:

      Video to follow

    • CR says:

      The National Climate Assessment

      Published on May 6, 2014

      Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, introduces the National Climate Assessment and discusses President Obama’s climate action plan which takes an all of the above energy approach towards combatting climate change now. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change

    • CR says:

      White House Event on the National Climate Assessment Release

      Published on May 7, 2014

      The White House hosts an event highlighting the release of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment — a major scientific report on the impacts of climate change on all regions of the United States and key sectors of the national economy. May 7, 2014.

  10. CR says:

    Manufacturers in U.S. More Upbeat About 2014 Sales, ISM Says

    May 6, 2014 9:18 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about demand and capital spending this year than at the end of 2013, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management.

    Purchasing managers at factories project sales will grow 5.3 percent in 2014, up from the end of last year when they forecast a 4.4 percent gain, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s figures showed today. Service industries estimate a 2.7 percent net increase in revenue compared with a December projection for a 3.6 percent gain.

    “U.S. manufacturing continues to demonstrate its broad-based strength, efficiency and leadership in the world economy,” Bradley Holcomb, chairman of the group’s factory committee, said in a statement.

    Manufacturers estimate their spending on new equipment and plants will increase 10.3 percent this year, according to the April survey. The December forecast called for an 8 percent pickup. Service industries plan to boost capital outlays by 10.8 percent, up from an end-of-2013 projection of 4.6 percent.

    The outlook for employment was little changed compared with the December survey. Service providers predicted a 1.4 percent increase in staffing levels by the end of 2014, today’s report showed. Manufacturers projected a 1.5 percent rise.

    “Non-manufacturing will continue to grow,” Anthony Nieves, chairman of ISM’s non-manufacturing survey committee, said in a statement. “The relatively flat rate of growth for overall employment is a potential impediment.”

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