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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 Oct 24, 2019
Today University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) – a Better Buildings Alliance and Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator partner – hosted an extension of the I2SL Annual Conference at its campus. This conference is an international event focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in...
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 14, 2019
Multitasking is an essential part of keeping on top of your to-do list, and our Better Buildings partners are no exception when it comes to achieving their energy goals. Many of these organizations incorporate staff/occupant engagement efforts into their overall energy and sustainability goals,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
Earlier this year, Better Buildings partner Northwestern University became the first university in more than a decade to receive the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its efforts to reduce campus energy consumption and educate students, faculty, staff and the broader community about...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2018
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include partner solutions from Bullitt County Public Schools, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Trinity Management as well as strategies for green revolving funds, water efficiency, outdoor lighting, commercial solar PV, and more. Check them out...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 11, 2018
Better Buildings Challenge partner The University of Virginia (UVA) recently announced the formation of the UVA Sustainability Alumni Network. The network is designed to actively connect alumni to the school’s interdisciplinary sustainability networks and further enhance UVA’s leadership in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 19, 2018
Better Buildings Challenge partner University of California, Irvine (UCI) is back in the number one spot in Sierra Magazine's 2018 "Cool Schools" ranking and secured the top spot in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index....
by Allison Nozza, JDM on Nov 02, 2017
The Beat Blog recently told you about Cleveland Clinic’s new case study on Green Revolving Funds for Healthcare projects. Inspired by the growing interest in this funding mechanism, Better Buildings has compiled this excellent resource, and many others, into the Green Revolving Funds Toolkit....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 04, 2017
The Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign encourages the use of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run. With building...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 12, 2017
With all the excitement in the run-up to the Better Buildings Summit, you may have missed some of the great new resources that were published in the Better Buildings Solution Center! Take a minute to check out some of the newest solutions from Better Buildings Challenge partners: Partner:...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 05, 2017
One of the more unique challenges when performing energy efficiency upgrades in a university setting can be the needs of more specialized facilities on campus – like chemistry and biology buildings. These facilities usually have classrooms and laboratories, and those labs are home to very...
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 Jason Hartke, U.S. Department of Energy on Aug 24, 2016
University campuses are a treasure trove of energy efficiency opportunities, as their facilities teams will tell you. The challenge is not in identifying opportunities for savings, but in finding the time to pursue them among competing demands for facility teams’ time. Keeping systems running to...
by John Jameson on Sep 02, 2015
The Anteaters are king of the hill – again. Better Buildings Challenge partner University of California, Irvine (UCI) has retained the No. 1 spot in Sierra magazine’s 2015 “Cool Schools” ranking of the country’s most sustainable college campuses. UCI is the first repeat winner as the school...