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Implementation Model
Partner: IHG Hotels & Resorts
Sector: Commercial

IHG developed a comprehensive online sustainability management system to manage hotel energy, water, and waste reduction efforts in a global, franchised business environment. 

Implementation Model
Partner: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Sector: Commercial

New York-Presbyterian Hospital launched a retro-commissioning program that blends energy management with improving the quality of patient care for a holistic approach that engages all hospital staff and has resulted in energy and cost savings year-over-year.

Implementation Model
Partner: Staples
Sector: Commercial

Staples fulfillment center staff conducted Eco-Treasure Hunts, tracking down energy and water savings opportunities at target facilities.

Implementation Model
Partner: The Tower Companies
Sector: Commercial

The Tower Companies updated its standard lease agreements to include a green appendix that 100% of new and renewed tenants accepted, supporting efforts to reduce energy and water use across its commercial portfolio.

Implementation Model
Partner: Allegheny College
Sector: Commercial, Education

At Allegheny College, yearly student turnover and lack of campus awareness about efficiency prevented sustained energy savings. Through an Annual Energy Challenge, the college reduced campus-wide electricity usage by 10% and raised funds for solar panels.

Implementation Model
Partner: MGM Resorts International
Sector: Commercial

MGM created a web and mobile tool to encourages employees to reduce resource use and maximize efficiency.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Legrand North & Central America, MGM Resorts International, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Sector: Commercial, Industrial

Learn strategies to effectively communicate with and motivate behavior change from the people who hold resource consumption in their hands every day, including specific language, techniques for gaining buy-in, and even an app!

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Sprint
Sector: Commercial, Local Government

Plug-in electric vehicle charging access at the workplace has nearly doubled in the last two years as employers of all sectors and sizes are increasingly offering workplace charging. Learn from a few of these employers how workplace charging is helping them to attract and retain talented employees, and demonstrate leadership in their communities.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial

DOE’s national labs are powerful engines for clean energy innovation. In this presentation, representatives from the national labs describe how the private sector can engage with labs to improve energy efficiency, enhance competitiveness, and lower carbon pollution.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial, Education, Multifamily

Building owners and operators are increasingly using smart meters and apps to encourage occupants to cut energy consumption. Learn from the commercial, multifamily, and educational building sectors on how to promote energy efficiency behavior through technology.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Atlanta, GA, HEI Hotels & Resorts, Philadelphia, PA
Sector: Local Government, Commercial
2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial, Education

This presentation focused on ways to connect sustainability to federally supported research. This has the dual benefit of reducing the environmental footprint of research and maximizing the effective use of federal dollars.

Video
Partner: Ford Motor Company, IHG Hotels & Resorts
Sector: Commercial

Finding energy savings opportunities for a business franchise can be easy, but getting them implemented can be hard. In this webinar Ford Motor Company, Dunkin Brands, and InterContinental Hotels Group shared the programs and tools they use to motivate franchisees to save energy and reduce their environmental impact.

Webinar
Partner: Kohl’s, Inc., University of California, Irvine, USAA Real Estate
Sector: Commercial, Data Center, Education, Financial Services, Industrial, Local Government, Multifamily, Residential, State Government, Utility

Getting approval for energy efficiency measures can sometimes be the most challenging aspect of the project. USAA, UC Irvine, and Kohl's shared their best practices for communicating the value of building energy efficiency projects and working with financial decision-makers to make those projects happen.

Implementation Model
Partner: Shorenstein Properties LLC
Sector: Commercial

Shorenstein's “Flip the Switch” Program was initiated in 2011 to broaden tenant awareness of sustainability and energy savings opportunities in their leased spaces by providing actionable strategies for reducing consumption resulting in an average of 27% reduction in plug load energy use.

Implementation Model
Partner: CommonWealth Partners
Sector: Commercial

CommonWealth Partners developed a Tenant Engagement Program that increased tenant awareness for energy efficiency and sustainability, which helped them achieve an average ENERGY STAR score of 90 out of 10 portfolio-wide as a result.

2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: HEI Hotels & Resorts, Prologis, Shorenstein Properties LLC, The Tower Companies
Sector: Commercial
2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sector: Commercial

Join the Better Buildings Alliance Technology Team leaders for plug and process loads during this session to learn about their current initiatives, including a technical campaign to promote the use of advanced power strips, participate in the planning of future activities, and play a part in their resource development and deployment. 

2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Yum! Brands
Sector: Commercial

Join the Better Buildings Alliance Technology Team leaders for food service during this session to learn about their current initiatives, participate in the planning of future activities, and play a part in Better Buildings Alliance resource development and deployment.  

2019 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial, Multifamily

Green leasing aligns the financial and environmental benefits of landlords and tenants to save money, conserve resources, and operate buildings more efficiently. Learn about the benefits of green leasing as members highlight the success of the Green Lease Leaders recognition program.

Solutions at a Glance
Partner: HEI Hotels & Resorts
Sector: Commercial

HEI Hotels & Resorts implemented the Fab Four Energy Buddies program which employs smart operation and maintenance procedures and effective employee engagement to achieve the full value of their investments in energy-efficient equipment.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

This guidance document demonstrates how ENERGY STAR program resources can be leveraged to drive meaningful tenant engagement, and also provides proven best practices from champion partners.

Other: Report
Sector: Commercial
Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

 

Green leasing can be used to overcome the “split incentive” barrier to energy efficiency in commercial buildings by aligning the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants. Together they can save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings. Brandywine Realty Trust utilizes two components in its lease to enable the company to track energy usage, implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures, meet energy-saving targets, and save tenants money.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

Green leasing can be used to overcome the “split incentive” barrier to energy efficiency in commercial buildings by aligning the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants. Together they can save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings. Pyramid Companies, Inc. implemented green leasing and expanded its Carousel Center retail complex to include Destiny USA, a 1.3-million-square-foot addition recognized as the largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified project for Core & Shell Development in the United States.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation on successful strategies to engage tenants in energy efficiency.

Implementation Model
Partner: Havertys
Sector: Commercial

Havertys implemented a company-wide sustainability initiative to demonstrate the benefits of efficiency to employees and inspire ongoing efforts to reduce energy use.

Implementation Model
Partner: Nuveen Real Estate
Sector: Commercial

Nuveen Real Estate's Property Energy Targets (PETs) bridge the gap between its individual properties' energy reduction targets and the company's larger institutional sustainability and financial goals.

Implementation Model
Partner: Parkway
Sector: Commercial

Real estate investment trust Parkway was running into challenges tracking its buildings' energy performance and motivating stakeholders to participate in sustainability initiatives. After launching a Sustainable Properties Awards Program with robust tools and incentives, 100% of Parkway's portfolio is benchmarking energy consumption and allowing the trust to monitor progress toward goals.

Showcase Project
Partner: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Sector: Commercial

Leaders at Hillcrest Hospital prioritized energy conservation initiatives and projects through a centralized action plan with engagement across all departments, saving 23% in energy usage and nearly $530,000 annually.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial

This interactive session was an opportunity for partners to connect and converse with peers, sharing accomplishments and challenges in a candid format. Attendees participated in open discussions on topics such as funding energy projects and engaging with utilities.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial

This interactive session was an opportunity for partners to connect and converse with peers, sharing accomplishments and challenges in a candid format. Attendees particiapted in open discussions on topics such as funding energy projects, water efficiency, and communications opportunities.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Ascension, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
Sector: Commercial

Learn how to increase energy efficiency while maintaining health and comfort, how to successfully navigate the current ASHRAE guidance, and get a sneak peek into the future of air changes based on Standard 170.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial

This session provided tips from Better Buildings Challenge partners who are successfully including energy efficiency in their due diligence efforts when considering a building for purchase. 

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Kilroy Realty Corporation
Sector: Commercial

Provided insight into Better Buildings resources partners have contributed to in the past year and shared proven strategies to install solar.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: General Services Administration (GSA), Stanford University
Sector: Commercial, Education

Better Buildings Alliance partners shared how they reduced plug load energy use in their multi-tenant and higher education buildings using hardware, software, and behavioral messaging.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Placer County, CA, ConnexFM
Sector: Commercial, Local Government, State Government

Participate in this session and learn how PRSM, Placer County, and a blogger work with energy engineers and facility managers to craft killer top-line messages that will inspire your local community, engage media, and shine a spotlight on your organization's hard work.

Showcase Project
Partner: IHG Hotels & Resorts
Sector: Commercial

The Holiday Inn Diamond Bar hotel was selected for a deeper-dive water conservation pilot because of the hotel’s location in a drought-affected area and the willingness of the hotel staff and employees to participate in the program. Through this Pilot, the Holiday Inn was able to save over 1.3 million gallons of water annually.

Solutions at a Glance
Partner: Loews Hotels & Co.
Sector: Commercial

The Loews Hotels Gold Wrench Award recognizes leadership among its engineering managers as recipients of the award are selected based on criteria requiring a high-level of commitment to monitoring energy use, engaging employees, developing energy management strategies, and other building management best practices.

Toolkits
Sector: Commercial, Education

This toolkit provides guidance and strategies for reducing energy consumption in laboratories. Resources include guidance on ventilation flow rates, ultra low-temperature freezer specifications, case studies, and more.

Toolkits
Sector: Commercial

This toolkit outlines successful strategies and resources for bridging the tenant-landlord divide through green leasing guidance, tenant improvement and build out best practices, and examples of successful communication with tenants regarding energy efficiency opportunities.

Implementation Model
Partner: Shari's Café & Pies
Sector: Commercial

Shari's Cafe and Pies developed custom trainings and tools to educate and engage staff at all levels of the organization in energy management practices, resulting in approximately $5.5 million saved over 7 years.

Other: Fact Sheet
Partner: Shari's Café & Pies
Sector: Commercial

This handout from Share's Cafe & Pies describes 10 easy behavioural changes that restaurant employees can make, and the impact of these changes on resource use and conservation.

Presentation
Partner: Gundersen Health Systems
Sector: Commercial

Learn how Gundersen Health system improved energy efficiency by 25 percent and saved $5.5 million annually as well as best practices from the Better Buildings Alliance (BBA) program. This presentation will help you identify the project teams, resources, and activities needed to improve energy efficiency.

Other: Online Library/Resource
Sector: Commercial

Hosted by the Institue for Market Transformation, this resource library features case studies, sample lease language, best practices, and toolkits to help organizations that are interested in pursuing green leasing.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

DOE's GATEWAY program documented the performance of tunable-white LED lighting systems at the ACC Care Center, a senior-care facility. The project results included energy savings, improved lighting quality, and other health-related benefits partly attributable to the lighting changes.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

DOE's GATEWAY program documented the performance of tunable-white LED lighting systems at the ACC Care Center, a senior-care facility. The project results included energy savings, improved lighting quality, and other health-related benefits partly attributable to the lighting changes.

Showcase Project
Partner: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Sector: Commercial

Cleveland Clinic's Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center implemented several low-cost and no-cost energy conservation measures to ensure the building met LEED Gold certification expected performance. The upgrades showed 36% energy savings and $246,000 in cost savings.

Implementation Model
Partner: Lendlease
Sector: Commercial

To better understand resident energy use and efficiency behaviors, Lendlease piloted a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) at a military housing community, and has since installed BEMS in nearly 4,500 homes, anticipating 16% electricity savings.

Implementation Model
Partner: Welltower
Sector: Commercial

Welltower, Inc developed a proprietary internal Green Arrow Building Certification (GABC) program that measures energy, water, waste, indoor air quality, and innovation. Most properties have seen a 1-12% energy use reduction. In 2016, GABC scores improved 22.5% and 29 additional buildings were certified.

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