Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

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The Energy Future Coalition’s strength is its ability to bring together diverse stakeholder groups to effect meaningful change in the energy sector. From its inception, the Coalition has built successful partnerships to promote clean energy, developed innovative business approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promoted high-level stakeholder engagement in the clean energy sector, as described further below.


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Building Efficiency Upgrades to Stimulate Community Growth, Foster New Business Opportunities, and Create More Sustainable Footprints 

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (“Atlanta BBC”) is a nation-leading public-private partnership that was launched in June 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative as one of the inaugural projects of President Obama’s and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge program.

The Energy Future Coalition has been involved with this project as part of its Rebuilding America initiative to facilitate major energy and water efficiency upgrades of municipal, university, hospital, and commercial buildings in a 400 block area in the city’s Downtown central business district.  The goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20% in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020.

Public-Private Partnerships:

Achieving the goals of the Atlanta BBC will result from the collective efforts of a growing public-private partnership.  Founding members include:

  • Public: City of Atlanta; US Department of Energy; White House Council for Environmental Quality; General Services Administration; the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
  • Private: Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District; Sustainable Atlanta; Southface; AGL Resources; Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed; Georgia Power; Kendeda Fund; Turner Foundation; Energy Future Coalition; US Green Building Council of Georgia; International Knowledge Research Center for Green Building; JR Hipple & Co. Reputation Management; Emerald Cities of Atlanta; Heery
Program Model:
Atlanta BBC Flowchart






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At this time, the building efficiency movement in Atlanta has resulted in one of the most successful of all the Better Buildings Challenge programs. The project has taken on a vivid life of its own, and no longer requires the support of the Energy Future Coalition.

Related Links:

> JumpStart Chicago

> Rebuilding America

> Value-Added, Energy-Smart


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