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Better Project and Better Practice Awards

2024 Better Practice Award Winners

The Better Practice award recognizes partners for implementing and promoting practices, principles, and procedures broadly within a portfolio or series of buildings or plants. Click the names below to learn more about each award winning practice.

Better Buildings

Marriott LogoMarriott International 
Implemented Climate Action Program for net-zero emissions, targeting climate risks and sustainable growth in 8,300+ hotels
university of alabama at birmingham logoThe University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Prevented 685+ MTCO2e through efficient freezer fleet operations and waste reduction software
MGM LOGOMGM Resorts International 
Cut Las Vegas properties’ Scope 2 emissions by 41%, with a 323,000-panel solar farm
University of Virginia LogoUniversity of Virginia 
Green building standards require new construction and major renovations to be 40% more efficient than similar buildings
ORDG LOGOOhio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) 
Increased energy, water, and waste efficiency through programs that train and engage incarcerated individuals
vornado logoVornado Realty Trust 
Implemented organics collection in 100% of in-service office portfolio, achieving 64% diversion, preventing 1,691 tons of food waste, and avoiding 14,887 MTCO2e
Implemented zero emissions policy and electrification planning for city buildings to meet climate action targets 
Wendy's logoThe Wendy’s Company
Energy Challenge program quadruples franchisee participation, achieving 14% energy use reduction per square feet and enabling cost savings


Better Plants

general mills logoGeneral Mills 
Reduced emissions at 12 major sites by 45,000+ MTCO2e and utility costs by $8 million with no upfront cost using an energy efficiency as a service contract
texas instruments logoTexas Instruments, Inc. 
Saved $5.3 million a year, reducing emissions by 27,000 MTCO2e, by implementing an LED Roadmap
oxychem logoOxyChem 
Teamed with Industrial Assessment Centers from local universities to perform energy audits at local elementary schools
chemours logoThe Chemours Company
Reduced energy intensity by 3.5% after launching a company-wide energy efficiency bonus metric
stellantis logoStellantis 
Saved over 2.8 million kWh in two months by implementing Energy Treasure Hunt surveys more quickly and at a higher rate
toyota logoToyota Motor North America, Inc. 
Dealership Environmental Excellence Program resulted in savings of $40,000+ by cutting energy use by 17% and water use by 23% 

2024 Better Project Award Winners

The Better Project award recognizes outstanding accomplishments at individual facilities. Click on the names below to learn more about each award winning project.

Better Buildings

colorado state university logoColorado State University 
Halved energy use at athletic complex with new ground source heat pump for heating and cooling
pace universityPace University 
Uses 60% less energy in new mixed-use hub through sustainable design with efficient HVAC, and advanced lighting
centersquare logoCentersquare
Optimized data center cooling system by improving airflow and water temperature, saving over $100,000 annually
river trails school district 26 logoRiver Trails School District 26
Renovated 1960s school uses up to 60% less energy than conventional buildings and meets net zero energy building requirements 
new york city housing authorityNew York City Housing Authority 
Leveraged passive house design, solar energy, and high-efficiency appliances in new affordable housing that also provides tenant support and workforce training  
rxr logoRXR Realty 
Achieved $1 million in energy savings via audits, system mapping, and improved heating/cooling system controls

Better Plants

Cut steam use by 85,000+ Mlbs and emissions by 4,000+ MTCO2e with a wireless monitoring and communication system on 1,200 traps
Reduced the amount of waste produced in a highly utilized mold by over 60%, by modifying the existing mold with new technology. 
chemoursThe Chemours Company
Achieved over $1 million in annual savings on waste disposal costs by employing a distillation column
nestlenlogoNestlé Health Science 
Wisconsin nutritional drink factory saved 26+ million gallons of water annually with a reverse osmosis system
Reduced annual energy consumption at select plants by 20% after eliminating energy-intensive lead melting process while improving worker safety 
nissan logoNissan North America 
Reduced air compressor electricity usage by 24% with an automated control system to increase system efficiency
pepsico quaker logoPepsiCo Foods North America
Reduced 420 MTCO2e a year, 8% of the plant’s annual GHG emissions, by installing air-cooled compressors and adding heat recovery systems
sherwin williamsThe Sherwin-Williams Company
Completed onsite solar project with rooftop and carport arrays, reducing plant’s carbon emissions by 680 MTCO2e annually
FMC LogoFMC Corporation
Multi-stage cooling tower project improved energy efficiency by 75% and cut water use by 25% 
trane logoTrane Technologies 
Reduced annual water use by 53 million gallons using thermal energy storage, heat pump technology, and more
general motors logoGeneral Motors
Eliminated steam use and reduced carbon emissions by 30% with a CHP solution
volvo logoVolvo Group North America 
Powertrain facility cut GHG emissions by 14% using renewable diesel (HVO100) for engine testing
HNI LogoHNI Corporation 
Reduced natural gas consumption of paint ovens by up to 30% with new air curtains designed in-house
waupaca logoWaupaca Foundry, Inc. 
Saved 1,600+ MTCO2e annually with “Smart Controls” for exhaust fans, improving workplace conditions and reducing gas usage

Climate Finance Innovator Award Winners

The Climate Finance Innovator Award recognizes Financial Allies for deploying innovative decarbonization financing solutions that go beyond current market practices. Click on the names below to learn more about each award winning project.

BlocPower LogoBlocPower 
Financed over $850,000 for upgrades saving 400,000+ kBtu/year in a historic building housing LMI tenants
renew logoRENEW Energy Partners
Braided finance and incentives to enable a microchip manufacturer to install a Trigeneration system, reducing carbon emissions by 1,800 MT annually
ECOSAVEEcosave, Inc. 
Financed over $6 million of building improvements at three senior living facilities, reducing energy costs by 30%+ over 15 years
skyven techSkyven Technologies 
Provided $9 million of braided private-public financing for upgrades at food processing sites saving 7,000 MTCO2e annually
nyceexNew York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) 
Provided a $90,000 predevelopment loan to rehabilitate three residential buildings, estimated to save 3,900,000+ kBtu/year
triple bottom line logoTriple Bottom Line Foundation (TBL Fund)
Financed over $1.5 million of building improvements at three HUD sites saving 1.4 Mlbs of carbon emissions annually
pace equityPACE Equity 
Provided $11 million of C-PACE financing to redevelop a property with a projected 20,000 MT lifetime carbon emissions reduction