Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Program Honors Top Performers, Publishes Final Report

Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta achieved a 20.3% reduction in energy use intensity across more than 100 million square feet, surpassing its Better Buildings Challenge goal two years ahead of schedule. This week, the city and its partners are celebrating the successes of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) program with a new report that showcases the outcomes of the program and a special event to honor top performers. The Department of Energy (DOE) attended the special recognition event to congratulate the city and its partners for their leadership and achievement.

When Atlanta joined DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge in 2011, it became not only one of the first participants overall, but also one of the first to launch its own locally-led Better Buildings Challenge, a community-wide program to support local businesses and nonprofit communities to accelerate energy efficiency. The ABBC program was established in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Livable Buckhead, Midtown Alliance, and Southface Institute – local partners that provided support to program participants and helped grow the program to encompass more than 450 municipal and private buildings across the city.

As a result of this public-private partnership, the ABBC program has saved nearly 7 trillion Btus and bolstered the regional economy by creating and sustaining over 650 jobs and driving more than $57 million in additional capital investments in equipment and services. The new report, Building Atlanta’s Sustainable Future, showcases these outcomes and more from the ABBC program.

For more details about Wednesday’s recognition event, visit the celebration’s event page. Check out Atlanta’s profile on the Better Buildings Solution Center to learn more about the city’s leadership and energy efficiency solutions.