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Energy Efficiency  -  November 9, 2022 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Loews Hotels & Co - 50001 Ready at 11 Hotels

Loews Hotels & Co, operator of 26 hotels and resorts, strives to be an industry leader in environmental sustainability. This column from Better Buildings details the company's pursuit of DOE's 50001 Ready Program for energy management at 11 properties, including the creation of energy management teams at each facility.
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Energy Efficiency  -  October 28, 2022 - By Cherylyn Kelly and Ella Wetlesen, IMT

High-Performance Building Hubs Support Professionals Navigating Codes and BPS

Across the country, jurisdictions are passing Building Performance Standards (BPS), also referred to as Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS). This column from IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) explains why these relatively new policy tools will become critical to helping building owners achieve greater efficiency, reduce GHG, and meet regulatory compliance requirements, and how the creation of Building Hubs can provide resources central to building energy codes and BPS.
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Energy Efficiency  -  October 24, 2022 - By Better Buildings

Better Buildings Showcase: Life Time Chanhassen Athletic Club

The Life Time Chanhassen, MN Athletic Club reduced energy use intensity by 35% and water use intensity by nearly 60%. This column highlights how this Better Buildings Showcase project implemented a range of electric, natural gas, and water efficiency improvements from 2011 to 2021 to achieve these and other goals.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  October 10, 2022 - By Better Buildings

Multifamily Better Climate Challenge Partners Drive the EV Conversation

Despite differences in portfolio size, location, and target market, multifamily housing providers Foundation Communities and Veris Residential have chosen similar paths in pursuit of their sustainability goals. In this column from the Better Climate Challenge (BCC), learn how both companies have committed to cutting their carbon emissions in half and their shared belief in the growing importance of electric vehicles (EVs) to reducing emissions – from residents as well as their own operations.  
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Regulation  -  September 23, 2022 - By Mindy Lubber, Ceres

With financial losses from climate change mounting, the SEC must act now

In just the past two months, record-shattering torrential rains have wreaked havoc on homes and businesses in Texas, the west coast and the Midwest, along with Pakistan, Australia, China and other parts of the globe. Mindy Lubber, President and CEO of Ceres, explains why these and other financial impacts from the systemic climate trends are hugely relevant as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission considers its next move in its push to significantly strengthen corporate climate disclosure rules.
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September 16, 2022 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Chicago Public Schools: Smart Energy Conservation Measures

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) - one of the largest school districts in the nation, serving over 330,000 students in more than 600 schools with a building portfolio covering more than 64 million square feet across 1,000 structures - is CPS is dedicated to reducing its energy consumption and environmental impact. CPS has joined the Better Buildings Challenge to help meet its goals.
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September 9, 2022 - By Margaret Lo, IMT

Why Your Lease is a Tool for Climate and Social Action

Fighting climate change usually conjures images of community clean-ups and wind farms or solar panels, but in this column, Margaret Lo of IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) explores another very important way that organizations can take action: switching to green or performance-based leases.
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August 24, 2022 - By Dana Clare Redden, Solar Stewards

New Frameworks for Clean Energy: We're Not In Kansas Anymore

Can you feel a Brand New Day? In this column from DiCE (Diversity in Clean Energy), Dana Clare Redden cheers the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act while reminding the industry of the historically excluded communities who continue to hold cautious hope for a more equitable energy paradigm.
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August 19, 2022 - By Dean Nelson, Infrastructure Masons

Time is running out. This is our moment to lead the industry to net zero.

The digital infrastructure industry builds the digital engines that power the globe. In this column, Dean Nelson of Infrastructure Masons - presenters of a workshop at the upcoming Net Zero Forum - describes the creation of the iMasons Climate Accord, a group of companies who are agreeing to an open standard and governance to report the carbon footprint in materials, products, and power across digital infrastructure.
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Energy Efficiency  -  August 8, 2022 - By Better Buildings

Whole Foods Market Reaches, Exceeds Better Buildings Challenge Goal

In 2013, Whole Foods Market became the first grocery partner to join the Better Buildings Challenge, committing to a 20% improvement in energy use intensity by 2023 across its building portfolio of more than 12 million square feet. In this column, learn how Whole Foods Market surpassed that goal two years ahead of schedule, achieving a 21% energy reduction.
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