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.
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
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.
Better Buildings Summit 2014
May 7-9, 2014