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Companies Cutting Energy Use with Better Buildings Challenge

11 companies making their buildings greener

The Guardian, January 29, 2015

Tech giants, fast food chains and financial institutions are the latest companies to commit to improving their energy efficiency, according to the US energy department. Facebook, Arby’s and Bank of America, among others, have taken up the challenge to reduce their energy use over the next decade, the department announced Thursday.

The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary program in which the participants commit to cut their energy use by 20% over 10 years and provide progress reports on how they are reaching that goal. The energy department offers technical assistance and matches participants with financial institutions that have agreed to help them carry out their energy reduction plans.

The program now has over 200 members, including businesses, public agencies, schools and multifamily housing owners and operators. Commercial buildings, including schools, gobble up about $200bn worth of energy each year, the energy department said. Yet technology and building management approaches are available today that could cut that spending by at least 20%.

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