The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has joined the Better Buildings Challenge, joining a long list of local governments that have committed to aggressive energy-efficiency goals that help municipalities save energy and money while creating jobs.
In the United States, local government buildings account for 64 percent of all government floor space, and with a 20 percent reduction in energy use these municipalities can save approximately 180 trillion Btus collectively. Energy efficiency for local governments benefits communities nationwide by reducing costs, enabling needed funding for public priorities and demonstrating good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
With a Sustainability Action Plan and “Green Your Routine” program already in place, the City of Fort Lauderdale has already taken great strides towards becoming a more sustainable community. By joining the Better Buildings Challenge, the city has bolstered its sustainability strategy to meet ambitious energy-efficiency goals across its buildings and city-wide infrastructure.
As a new Better Buildings Challenge partner, Fort Lauderdale has committed to reducing energy usage by 20 percent across approximately 2 million-square-feet of building space by 2020. In addition to City buildings, Fort Lauderdale is also committing to reducing the energy used by its streetlights.
Fort Lauderdale is among 44 other cities and counties nationally that have committed to the Better Buildings Challenge. As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Fort Lauderdale joins other community leaders to create and share real solutions that reduce energy and water consumption, create jobs and save money.
Protecting natural resources and reducing impact on the environment are essential to Fort Lauderdale’s economic prosperity, its citizens’ health and the social fabric of the City. Fort Lauderdale’s Sustainability Action Plan articulates its specific goals, strategies and performance indicators, reflecting how sustainability will be integrated into all levels of City decision-making while establishing a system of accountability.
Joining the Better Buildings Challenge further advances Fort Lauderdale’s efforts to become a more energy-efficient city. Also, Fort Lauderdale has the opportunity to develop tangible energy-solutions that can be shared with other local governments to advance their sustainability initiatives.
For the latest information on Better Buildings Challenge local government partners, visit the Local Government Sector homepage in the Better Buildings Solution Center.