Better Plants at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit

The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings and facilities. The Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices, highlight demonstrated market solutions, and discuss future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. Participants from the industrial sector can look forward to valuable technical content geared specifically for them, including a special workshop, industry-focused sessions, and networking opportunities. During the Summit, industrial partners are also recognized for various achievements through out the year, such as meeting their energy savings goals and receiving Better Practice or Better Project awards.

The 2017 Summit brought together over 1,000 industry leaders, energy efficiency professionals, and other stakeholders from multiple sectors. Better Plants partners benefited from a variety of activities, including:

  • “Ask the Expert” Booth – Expert professionals from the national laboratories and private sector offered information and insights on topics related to industrial energy and water efficiency. While conference sessions offered broader tips and best practices that could be applied across manufacturing sectors, attendees could do a deeper dive into more specific topics and questions at the booth.
  • Better Plants Awards – Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) leaders recognized partners for achieving their energy savings goals and the program also introduced two new award categories this year: Better Project and Better Practice. These new awards were important not only to recognize outstanding achievements but also to continue sharing and highlighting truly innovative ideas and best practices. Better Project and Better Practice awardees each gave an overview of their winning project or practice and how it was implemented. For a full list of awardees, click here.
  • Workshops and Panels – Representatives from AMO and industry partners led a variety of interactive panels and workshops to showcase the latest energy efficiency technologies, processes, and practices that could be implemented by Better Plants partners. These sessions covered everything from how to build a culture of enthusiasm for energy management to how to leverage other AMO partnerships like Superior Energy Performance and 50001 Ready.

The Better Buildings Summit is an excellent opportunity for public and private-sector partners to come together to not only celebrate success and achievements, but also look forward to a future where they continue to foster collaboration and implement the most cutting-edge technologies and best practices to help save money on utility bills, create new jobs, and improve the United States' global competitiveness.

See the 2017 Better Buildings Summit Industrial Agenda.

2017 Better Plants Sessions

Check out the 20+ industrail section session presentations that were given by partners, experts, and more at the 2017 Better Building Buildings Summit.


From top left to bottom right: Attendees listen during the workshop session "Better Plants: What's Up and What's New in Industrial Efficiency?";  Ryan Spies of Saint-Gobain holds up the WWE Award; Better Plants Program Lead Eli Levine talking with partners; Sharon Nolen, Manager of Global Natural Resource Management at Eastman Chemical Corporation, presents on their 2017 Better Project Award; Wade Willatt and Brett Rasmussen of Nissan recieve the SEP award from AMO's Paul Scheihing; and Sean Fahey, Energy and Special Projects Analyst at Steelcase, joins the conversation during the Better Plants workshop.