State Government

State Government

Energy consumption in state and local government buildings totals 980 trillion Btus annually.  State buildings could reduce energy use by up to 100 trillion Btus. Energy efficiency in the public sector reduces costs, enables needed funding for public priorities, and demonstrates good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

2017 Progress Report

More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

Better Buildings SWAP

Watch the cities of Atlanta and Boston as they swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation's oldest libraries.

2017 Summit Presentations

Over 100 presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.

Featured Solutions

Delaware established a centralized benchmarking and tracking database to identify and mobilize building upgrades with the highest potential energy savings, cost savings, and environmental benefit.
Clean Energy Investment Program Implementation Model
Massachusetts created an innovative financing model called the Clean Energy Investment Program (CEIP) which invests in projects using bond funding that is repaid from the energy savings generated by the projects.
16-Agency Energy Competition Implementation Model
Maryland developed and launched a competition as one of its key strategies to mobilize the largest energy-consuming state agencies to reduce their energy use through a lead-by-example model. 
Minnesota delivered technical, financial, and contractual assistance to state agencies to support the implementation of Energy Savings Performance Contracting.
New York implemented BuildSmart NY, a state-led initiative to drive energy efficiency action across state buildings.
Utility Savings Initiative Implementation Model
North Carolina formed the Utility Savings Initiative program to reduce energy and water use in State-owned buildings and capture statewide utility savings.
Least Cost Procurement Strategy Implementation Model
Rhode Island established the principle of Least Cost Procurement which prioritizes energy efficiency in state energy planning by directing the utility to invest in energy efficiency first whenever it proves cost-effective and less expensive than energy supply.
At this meeting, state government partners presented successful Leading By Example (LBE) initiatives developed in various states across the country.
Delaware's Carvel State Office Building offered a unique opportunity to implement both larger scale energy conservation measures (ECMs) such has heavy mechanical systems alongside standard water saving and lighting measures.
The City of Bemidji, located in the northwest corner of Minnesota, utilized a citywide Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to upgrade eight of the city’s buildings in addition to the wastewater treatment plant and streetlights.
Massachusetts conducted a comprehensive energy retrofit of a former state hospital and residential care facility now serving residents with developmental disabilities funded by a variety of bonds, funds, and incentives.
North Carolina was able to annually save $77,000 and reduce energy consumption by 12% by repairing and replacing various HVAC components at this NC State laboratory.
Massachusetts expects a 60% energy savings as a result of upgrades to the high pressure heating system at the 28-building campus at the North Central Correctional Institute at Gardner which previously relied on #6 fuel oil for heat and hot water.
Randolph Community College, located in North Carolina, purchased an abandoned furniture warehouse next to campus and transformed it into a state-of-the-art energy-efficient learning laboratory for continuing education programs, and a curriculum and corporate training facility for the community.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) partnered with the energy service company Ameresco to conduct an investment-grade audit of campus facilities that identified potential energy efficiency measures.
The William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School underwent an energy efficiency upgrade to improve the lighting, ventilation and building control systems. As a result, the School is expected to realize a building energy savings of 37%, with a savings of 67% in electricity consumption, and an annual cost savings of $147,000.


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