Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the District of Columbia (District) signed the partner pledge in December 2011 to become an inaugural participant in the Better Buildings Challenge, a national energy-efficiency-leadership initiative proposed by President Barack Obama to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient by 2020.
“I’m tremendously excited that the District of Columbia is a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge,” said Mayor Gray. “Incorporating this national challenge into our local Sustainable DC Initiative will advance our efforts to make the District a more competitive city and better place to live, work and play.”
As part of the commitment the District has partnered with the DowntownDC ecoDistrict and other local partners, committing to a multi-pronged action plan to reduce energy consumption across multiple portfolios in the city. The District is pursuing an aggressive energy-efficiency and renewable-energy agenda and is investing in long-term incentive programs that will support public-private collaboration and ensure that Washington is a national leader in energy efficiency.
The Better Buildings Challenge supports commercial and industrial building owners by providing technical assistance and proven solutions to energy efficiency. The program also provides a forum for matching Partners and Allies to enhance collaboration and problem solving in energy efficiency. Both Partners and Allies are publically recognized for their leadership and innovation in energy efficiency.
The DowntownDC ecoDistrict is currently looking to identify properties that have reduced their annual overall consumption by 20% since 2010, the baseline year for the challenge, or are planning to do so in 2013. The featured projects will be recognized nationally as champions of energy efficiency and will be profiled on the DOE website as representatives of the District commitment.
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