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by Stephanie Stuckey, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta on Apr 26, 2017
In the United States, the buildings in which we work and live use roughly 40 percent of the energy in the U.S. economy at a cost of over $400 billion, and the City of Atlanta is highly motivated to help curb energy costs as a major U.S. city. By participating in the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP...
by Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston on Apr 25, 2017
Boston is committed to ensuring our city continues to be a healthy, innovative and thriving place to live and work for decades to come. Ensuring that we use energy and all of our resources as efficiently as possible is critical to our success.  Through its partnership with the Better Buildings...
by Maria T. Vargas, Director, Better Buildings Challenge on Apr 20, 2017
Through the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP, DOE has found a new way to highlight energy leaders and make it fun to see how peer to peer sharing – across very different buildings and businesses --can drive even greater energy and cost savings. Launching today is our third SWAP featuring the cities...
by Scotty Davids, Midshipman, U.S. Naval Academy on Dec 01, 2016
Saving energy and reducing our amount of waste is a habit that we as future junior officers need to develop. Students at the U.S. Naval Academy represent the future of the U.S. Navy, and we have the potential to introduce a culture of conservation and awareness within the organization. Through my...
by Christil Pasion, Cadet First Class, U.S. Air Force Academy on Nov 30, 2016
In the Air Force, energy is everything. As a civil engineering major at the Air Force Academy, I’ve come to learn how dependent we are on energy—we can’t do anything without it. That’s why participating in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge SWAP was such an important opportunity...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 29, 2016
Could harnessing America’s binge-watching habits change the world? With the launch of Season 2 of the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP we hope to find out. Touching down tomorrow, this season features two natural rivals – the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy – as they swap energy teams...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 03, 2016
This November, every energy fanatics’ favorite show is back! That’s right Season 2 of the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP hits land and sea – as the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Airforce Academy take energy savings to each other’s campuses. This season’s participants include a colonel,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 24, 2016
As the Better Buildings Challenge has made evident, the energy efficiency community is a unique breed. Sometimes it seems like we’re speaking our own language. We have our own blogs, our own podcasts and of course our own goals, metrics and rules of the road for how we get there. And now we have...
by Maxime Verstraete, Vice President of Sustainability and ADA Compliance on Feb 19, 2016
When Hilton Worldwide was approached to participate in the Department of Energy’s first-ever Better Buildings Challenge SWAP, we were excited, then the questions hit us.  Our systems are so different, how will they know what to look for? What will they say? How will metrics stack up? As you can...
by Kathy Loftus, Global Leader, Sustainable Facilities, Whole Foods Market on Feb 17, 2016
And it is evident by the partnership we’ve begun in the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP. Whole Foods Market is a company that is well aware of the impact that energy efficiency in commercial buildings can have in protecting the environment and saving billions of dollars in energy costs for the U.S...
by Maria T. Vargas on Feb 16, 2016
When we announced the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP last May at the Better Buildings Summit, our goal was to find a new way to highlight leaders and share how everyone can learn from their peers, even those from an industry completely different than their own. After all, that is a large part of...