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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 28, 2020
On February 27, 2020, DOE recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner Chesapeake College for advances in energy efficiency and resiliency made at its campus in Wye Mills, Maryland. Chesapeake College has reduced its energy intensity by 24% since 2011, reaching its Challenge goal of 20% energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 24, 2020
On January 23, DOE recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner MetLife Investment Management for advances in energy efficiency made at its District Center in Washington, D.C. MetLife’s District Center is a 910,000-square-foot commercial building in Washington, D.C.’s east end. As a result of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 29, 2019
On October 29, DOE traveled to Lickdale, Pennsylvania to recognize Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partner TE Connectivity for its impressive advances in energy efficiency. TE Connectivity’s Lickdale plant, which manufactures electrical connectors and contacts used primarily in household...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 29, 2019
On July 23, DOE visited Sparta, Wisconsin to recognize Better Buildings Alliance partner Gundersen Health System at their Sparta Clinic for impressive portfolio-wide energy efficiency advances. The 35,000-square-foot Sparta Clinic was built with numerous energy-efficient design features aimed at...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 25, 2019
On July 16, DOE traveled to Charlottesville, VA to recognize Better Buildings Challenge partner University of Virginia (UVA) for impressive energy efficiency advances made on its campus. DOE toured the energy and water upgrades made at UVA’s Showcase Project, Clark Hall. Clark Hall is mixed-use...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 07, 2019
On May 6, 2019, DOE traveled to Kingsport, Tennessee to recognize Better Buildings, Better Plants partner Eastman Chemical for its energy efficiency leadership. Eastman Chemical manufactures hundreds of chemicals, synthetic fibers, and plastics. To help improve energy efficiency performance at its...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2019
On April 15, DOE and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) representatives recognized Better Buildings Challenge partners Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and Mercy Housing for energy efficiency leadership at TNDC’s Alexander Residence and Mercy Housing’s...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2019
On April 15, DOE recognized Shorenstein Properties LLC, a Better Buildings Challenge partner, for its commitment to energy efficiency and toured a large project recently completed in San Francisco. Shorenstein has implemented numerous energy efficiency upgrades at its Market Square property in San...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 28, 2019
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) took visitors on a tour to see firsthand the improvements made at the Santee Educational Complex—one of the district’s showcase projects. Maria T. Vargas, Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, toured the complex alongside LAUSD staff, students,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 26, 2019
On March 25, DOE traveled to Goodyear, Arizona to recognize Better Buildings Alliance partner REI for its leadership in energy efficiency. Maria T. Vargas, Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, toured REI’s Distribution Center Showcase Project. REI has achieved significant energy savings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 15, 2018
On November 13, 2018 representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) traveled to Shepherdsville, Kentucky to recognize Better Buildings Challenge partner Bullitt County Public Schools for its energy productivity advances. Director of DOE's Better Buildings Challenge Maria Vargas visited...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 19, 2017
On December 12, representatives from DOE traveled to Shari’s Café & Pies in Lynnwood, Washington and to King County International Airport to recognize Shari’s and King County for their energy efficiency leadership. Shari’s Café & Pies is the first full-service restaurant to join the Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 05, 2017
On September 20, 2017, representatives from the Department of Energy traveled to The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo and Convention Center to honor Las Vegas Sands Corp. for its energy-efficiency work at the largest hotel under one roof in the world. At these properties, Las Vegas Sands Corp...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 10, 2017
This summer, representatives from the City of Nashville and the Department of Energy traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to honor Loews Hotels & Co. for its energy-efficient upgrades and retrofits at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Since 2015, the Vanderbilt hotel has improved its energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Multifamily Team on Jan 19, 2017
The New Year is off to a strong start with Better Buildings Multifamily partner Corcoran Management being recognized as a leader in energy efficiency by DOE and HUD. In January, Corcoran Management Founder John Corcoran hosted a tour of Canterbury Towers, an apartment community in Worcester,...
by Alison Berry, JDM Associates on Dec 19, 2016
Better Buildings Challenge partner Knoxville, TN., hosted David Friedman, the acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE, for a two-day visit in December that included a tour of the Public Works complex. Knoxville’s new Public Works complex is a $15 million, 45,...
by John Jameson, ICF International on Dec 05, 2016
On October 25, the Department of Energy (DOE) visited the campus of Better Buildings Challenge partner University of California, Berkeley, to recognize the university for its leadership in energy efficiency and see their innovative efficiency projects in action. The University achieved 65 percent...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 31, 2016
Restaurants are compact spaces that are outfitted to bring food and people together. And when the approach to making food and hosting people leans toward energy efficiency, then you've got the Wendy's/Wendco Mobile, Alabama restaurant with savings of 37 percent or 50 percent per transaction. Get a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 29, 2016
Last week, we traveled to Florida where we met with three Better Buildings Challenge partners: the cities of West Palm Beach and Orlando, and commercial real estate developer Parkway Properties. As Maria T. Vargas, director of the Better Buildings Challenge participated in tours of some of the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 15, 2015
If you ever wondered about what goes into making a box of cereal, and more specifically, how energy efficient solutions can be incorporated into large-scale food production, read on to get the inside scoop on the Energy Department’s tour of Better Plants Challenge partner General Mills Cedar...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 22, 2015
On September 16th, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall met with Los Angeles city leaders to witness the finishing touches being put on the upcoming La Kretz Innovation Campus, and soon-to-be home of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. When the campus...
by Crystal McDonald on Aug 13, 2015
This week the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge director Maria T. Vargas braved the heat and visited Kingswood Elementary in Surprise, Arizona. The school is the showcase project of K-12 partner, Dysart Unified School District (USD). This was the first K-12 school that the Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 11, 2015
This week the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge director Maria T. Vargas visited three Better Buildings Challenge showcase projects in the cities of Denver and Arvada Colorado, and had the honor of being joined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 21, 2015
Last week the Energy Department travelled to Texas to applaud Better Buildings Challenge partners who have committed their public sector, retail or multifamily housing to 20% energy savings in ten years. Here’s a rundown of our Texas showcase project tours. Tues. April 14 Our Texas tour started in...
by Sarah Zaleski on Apr 09, 2015
This morning the Energy Department’s Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Lynn Orr, visited the John G. Shedd Aquarium, a Better Buildings Challenge showcase project for the City of Chicago. If you’re ever lucky enough to visit the Shedd Aquarium, here’s one more thing to admire in addition to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 07, 2015
Houston’s Pennzoil Place has been making an impression on the city’s skyline for decades, with its iconic skyscrapers’ trapezoidal silhouettes. Less known is that the two-tower building has been undergoing infrastructure upgrades in recent years. Thanks to Better Buildings Challenge partner and...