ICYMI: Better Buildings Challenge partners share sustainability successes at National League of Cities Summit

By Brittany Ryan, JDM Associates on Dec 14, 2016

In November, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted the annual City Summit in Pittsburgh, Pa., their largest conference for bringing city leaders together to discuss challenges, trends, and strategies. Two Better Buildings Local Government Partners, the City of Chula Vista, Calif., and the City of Cleveland, Ohio, were invited to share their Sustainability Savings stories.

Matthew Gray, Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability Director, and Lynn France, Chula Vista’s Manager for the Economic Development Department Office of Sustainability, highlighted the participation of their cities in the Better Buildings Challenge to advance energy-related sustainability. Through Chula Vista’s City Operations Sustainability Plan and Cleveland’s Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan, the cities identified improved energy management and building performance, greenhouse gas reductions, and clean energy initiatives as primary municipal objectives. Under these plans, the cities leverage their Better Buildings Challenge partnership through program offerings, such as data analysis and access to tools and shared solutions to accelerate city-wide sustainability efforts.

As part of its work to keep moving forward, Chula Vista recently also announced its participation in the new Better Communities Alliance, another arm of the Better Buildings initiative, which aims to connect public and private sector stakeholders with a focus on achieving clean energy goals in local communities. 

The Better Buildings team champions our Local Government Partners for leading by example and committing to share their stories with the community at large. Check out the Chula Vista and Cleveland presentations from the NLC Summit!