Livable/Sustainable Better Buildings Challenge

Published on September 9th, 2015 |

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Buckhead helps Atlanta become leader in Better Buildings Challenge

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently announced that the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) has added an impressive roster of new program partners including MARTA, which is Better Buildingsheadquartered in Buckhead and a partner of Livable Buckhead.

Mayor Reed said the program now boasts 100 million square feet of committed building space in the City of Atlanta, which represents the largest commitment of any local partner at the national level. A large portion of that space is in Buckhead buildings.

Other new partners mentioned by Reed were the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. MARTA is currently replacing lighting systems throughout all stations and tunnels with an energy efficient LED’s.

The ABBC has a goal to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020. Mayor Reed also announced that the ABBC has already achieved 20 percent water savings with a 2010 baseline, and 11 percent energy savings with a 2009 baseline.

“For the past three years, the Better Buildings Challenge has positioned Atlanta as a national leader in energy and water efficiency best practices. Thanks to strong public-private partnerships, we continue to meet our energy and water use reduction goals in our commercial buildings and the country has taken notice.” said Mayor Reed.

The ABBC is part of a federal program managed by the Department of Energy. A new dashboard was also unveiled at the event that displays the data gathered from the program in aggregate form.

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