The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) has successfully secured the support of more than a dozen companies leading the charge in Atlanta’s sustainability efforts.
In 2013, the Atlanta BBC has earned the support of companies including: Georgia Power, Southface, Energy Future Coalition, Turner Foundation Inc., The Kendeda Fund, Acuity Brands, McKenney’s Inc., DLB Associates, TOTO, WorkingBuildings, The University Financing Foundation, Schneider Electric, Urjanet, US Green Building Council Georgia Chapter, Heery and the Georgia Recycling Coalition.
"Sponsor support is critical for the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge to continue to meet, and exceed, program milestones while broadening community-wide education on energy and water efficiency,” said Denise Quarles, Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability.
Since launching in November 2011, the Atlanta BBC has signed on more than 75 participants representing more than 50 million square feet of commercial property, primarily located in Downtown Atlanta.
Participating buildings pledge to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020, and do so by developing and implementing an energy-saving schedule. The Atlanta BBC team works with the building owners to provide incentives such as free building assessments, education and training courses, access to project financing opportunities and more.
Atlanta BBC sponsors earn the distinction of supporting the first program of its kind in the city. Atlanta joined Seattle and Los Angeles as one of three cities selected by President Obama to serve as inaugural participants in the national Better Buildings Challenge.
“DLB Associates chose to support the Atlanta BBC because of the opportunity the program provides for the community, the environment, and private business. It has been a good fit for DLB, considering our specialty in optimizing building efficiency and we have established strong ties with many participants in the BBC program,” said DLB Associates Managing Director Brian Durham.
This year the Atlanta BBC is also evaluating expansion opportunities in Midtown, Buckhead and other areas in the city.