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November 16, 2011

Better Buildings Challenge Partners Pledge 20% Energy Drop By 2020

The energy to operate the buildings where we work, shop, and go to school costs about $200 billion every year. And on average, 30% of this energy is wasted. By rallying corporations, universities, and municipalities to make significant commitments to energy efficiency, we can save billions in energy costs, create jobs, and reduce waste. That's the goal behind the Better Buildings Challenge—part of President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative—which aims to make America's commercial and industrial buildings at least 20% more efficient over the next decade. To achieve this aggressive target, DOE is working with public and private sector partners like cities or companies that commit to being leaders in energy efficiency. These partners will implement energy savings practices that reduce energy waste and energy bills, showcasing effective strategies and the results of their efforts.

Over the past few weeks, two of the initial Better Buildings Challenge partners—Lend Lease, a Corporate Partner, and the City of Atlanta, a Community Partner—held events to kick off their partnership in the Better Buildings Challenge. See the Energy Blog post.