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Better Buildings Challenge

Launched by President Obama in December of 2011, the goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to improve the efficiency of American commercial and institutional buildings, as well as industrial plants by 20 percent or more by 2020. Organizations committing to the Better Buildings Challenge agree to:

  • Conduct an energy efficiency assessment of their building portfolio and pledge an organization-wide energy savings goal.
  • Take action by showcasing an energy efficiency project and implementing a plan to achieve lasting energy savings.
  • Report results by sharing cost-effective approaches for saving energy and performance data that demonstrates the success.

More than 100 organizations have committed to the Better Buildings Challenge, including building owners, manufacturing firms, municipalities, financial institutions, and utilities, working collaboratively to create and share implementation models that can help the marketplace move more quickly to adopt energy efficiency measures.

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RIOER) signed on to the Better Buildings Challenge in 2012 and is committed to reducing energy consumption in state facilities by 20% below 2009 levels by 2020. In partnership with the University of Rhode Island, an initial inventory and baseline of approximately 18 million square feet will be compiled using the U.S. EPA's Portfolio Manager energy monitoring tool. Once the baseline has been established, the RIOER will partner closely with National Grid, the state's electric and natural gas utility, to provide highly skilled technical assistance and well-coordinated business approaches to help state facilities managers prioritize and carry out energy efficiency projects.

For more information, visit or contact Rachel Sholly at 401-574-9121 or

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