February Top Partner Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 06, 2023

This month’s Top Partner Solutions feature real-world implementations of carbon reduction strategies, energy and water efficiency upgrades, stakeholder engagement tactics, and more. Check out the lineup and learn from others’ successful models!

LED Lighting Upgrades at City of Orlando’s Amway Center

Constructed in 2010, The City of Orlando’s Amway Center was the first NBA facility in the U.S. to earn LEED Gold certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council. Orlando furthered this success with a LED lighting retrofit for an annual expected savings of $960,000. Read more.


Los Angeles Unified School District’s “HEROES for Zero” Energy Efficiency Success

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) developed a comprehensive framework to track and measure its energy and water consumption, train staff, and engage community. Using this framework they launched efficiency upgrades at more than 200 campuses and expect to reduce water and energy consumption 20% by the end of 2024. Read more.


Climate “What-Ifs”: Zebra Technologies Corporation’s Climate Risk Analysis

Zebra Technologies conducted climate scenario analysis using guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to determine risks associated with its operations and value chain, helping Zebra improve insights for climate-related risk preparedness at both a tactical and strategic level. Read more.


Hudson Pacific Properties’ Strategy for Reducing Portfolio-Wide GHG Emissions

Hudson Pacific Properties implemented a four-part sustainability strategy that included climate targets, emissions and energy reduction policies and procedures, low-impact design, and renewable energy procurement, to achieve 100% carbon neutral operations in 2020. Read more.


Minneapolis Public Housing Authority's Resident Engagement Strategies Maximize Energy Savings and Indoor Air Quality

Faced with lack of resident buy-in with efficiency upgrades, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority incorporated efficiency language into lease agreements, increased resident input regarding utility upgrades, and more to improve participation and awareness. As a result, MPHA realized energy upgrade cost savings of $739,700 and water upgrade cost savings of more than 1,778,000. Read more.


Green Building Technologies at Sheetz Herndon, VA Store

Sheetz, Inc. is constructing a new facility, designed to be LEED certified and the most energy-efficient building in its portfolio. The company is implementing a holistic sustainability approach to achieve this goal, including green energy, lighting, and water technologies. Read more. 


State of Maryland's 16-Agency Energy Competition

State of Maryland developed and launched a competition to mobilize the largest energy-consuming state agencies to reduce energy use through a lead-by-example model. This strategy led 16 agencies to reduce their energy consumption by nearly 20%, greatly contributing to the State’s Better Buildings Challenge goal achievement. Read more.


Marriott’s Approach to Assessing Energy-Saving Technologies

Marriott International established an internal Measurement and Verification (M&V) process for assessing new energy-saving technologies, products, and services to be used in its global portfolio. This proactive approach has enabled Marriott to adopt emerging efficiency technologies with confidence as they work towards their 30% carbon reduction and 15% water reduction goals. Read more.


University of Nebraska Medical Center Solar Array

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) installed more than 1,400 solar panels across three buildings to accelerate progress towards its goal of net-zero building emissions by 2023. As of 2021, the solar installation has saved over 230,000 pounds of CO2 – equivalent to planting more than 1,750 trees. Read more.


Citizen Energy Uses Efficiency-as-a-Service to Finance Multifamily Properties

Citizen Energy, a financing solutions provider, completed lighting upgrade projects at two separate multifamily properties using an efficiency-as-a-service financing solution. The two projects, Cityline and Midtown, achieved annual cost savings of $29,000 and $64,000, respectively, and were cash flow-positive for the customer from day one. Read more.


Towson University Achieves LEED Gold Certification through Efficiency Improvements

Built in 1972, Towson University’s Residence Tower houses 400 students, and is the largest user of energy-per-square-foot of all campus residence halls. To improve the building's performance, accessibility, and appeal, Towson completely renovated the building with efficiency upgrades, achieving LEED certification and annual energy savings of 36%. Read more.