Atlanta leader in commercial buildings reducing energy, water use

Mayor Kasim Reed announced recently that the city leads the country with 100 million square feet of building space committed to reducing energy and water usage.

As part of the federal program managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge has a goal to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by the year 2020. With the addition of two new partners to the challenge, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta now has the largest commitment of any local partner in the country.

To date, Atlanta BBC has already achieved 20 percent water savings since 2010, and 11 percent energy savings since 2009.

During the Better Buildings Challenge expo last week, a new dashboard was unveiled that displays the data gathered from the program in aggregate form. To help contribute to the city’s goals to reduce energy and water consumption by year 2020, the 2015 Expo featured presentations by nine industry experts on innovative new approaches to saving energy and water in commercial spaces.

The challenge dashboard can be found at www.abbcdata.com.

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