We had a very busy and productive first day of the Better Buildings Summit! Here are some highlights from the day, in case you couldn’t get to everything. Don’t forget to see late-breaking Summit activity on Twitter, just follow the hashtag #BBSummit2015. Join the community of over 300,000 people who have been touched by the Summit on Twitter.
- We started off with a welcome from Brian Deese, the White House’s climate advisor, who reminded us all why we do what we do. It’s about the win, win, win: saving money, creating jobs and protecting the climate. Here’s his blog post.
- Then we heard from Assistant Deputy Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Kathleen Hogan, who recognized our Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign and Green Lease Leader Award Recipients. Read the release.
- The Better Buildings press release came out, reporting how much money has been saved thanks for the energy efficiency work of our fantastic partners: $840 million! And, the launch of our new Better Buildings Solution Center. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now’s your chance: http://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov
Then it was off to sessions, where we heard from a number of great speakers with interesting topics, and had plenty of time for discussion and networking. Here are just some of the great sessions that we heard about:
- The Role of Energy Efficiency in a New Manufacturing Energy Landscape with Walt Brockway of Alcoa, Tom Lorenz of Energy Information Administration and Sharon Nolen of Eastman Chemical Company
- Maximizing Supermarket Refrigeration System Energy Efficiency, with Jeremy Litow of CLEAResult/Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., Richard Lord of Carrier Corporation and ASHRAE and John Wallace, Emerson Climate Technologies
- Retrofits: Making the Most of What You Have, with Mike Ellinger of Whole Foods Market, Russ Subjinske, Wendy’s and Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies.
- Bringing Down the Barriers to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Deployment in Water & Wastewater Facilities, with Martin Adams, Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, Jessica Burdette of Minnesota Department of Commerce and Barry Liner, Water Environment Foundation
- We had building tours of 815 Connecticut Ave., the Hotel Monaco, George Washington University and Starbucks Coffee where partners could see some of the energy efficient buildings in our nation’s capital.
- And, we finished things up partners enjoying an event at the White House!
Tomorrow is another packed day of sessions and special events, including a media panel with the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Marketplace, and a Twitter Town Hall 1-1:30 p.m. Please stay tuned!