Excerpted from the White House Fact Sheet
As a cornerstone of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Initiative is aimed at achieving the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public-sector leaders across the country to save energy through voluntary commitments. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.
Yesterday the White House announced that 24 more cities, states, and businesses have committed to join the President’s Better Buildings Challenge to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings 20 Percent by 2020. These 24 new partners represent 38 million square feet of building space, and 11 plants and facilities.
Since its launch in 2011 more than 285 organizations have made the commitment to partner with the Energy Department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings across a total of 4 billion square feet of building space, and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade.
The new partners and their commitments include the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) – 6.5 million square feet.