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Solar  -  September 15, 2023 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

MGM Resorts’ 100-Megawatt Solar Array: Climate Action Through Solar Farming

MGM Resorts International made significant headway on its emissions-based goals through installing a 100-megawatt solar array and other initiatives. In this case study from Better Buildings, dive into how the company's Las Vegas portfolio has so far achieved a 41% emissions reduction since 2019.

August 30, 2023 - By Marshall Duer-Balkind, IMT

Ten Points on the Beaver State’s New Building Performance Standard

Oregon has joined the growing set of states taking ambitious climate action to improve buildings, becoming the fourth state to adopt a building performance standard (BPS). The BPS was part of House Bill 3409, which was signed into law by Governor Kotek on July 27, 2023. In this column, Marshall Duer-Balkind with IMT breaks down the key energy efficiency aspects of the bill.

Energy Efficiency  -  August 28, 2023 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

DOE Recognized 14 Organizations for Excellence in Integrated Lighting

Through the Better Buildings Initiative’s Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC), the U.S. Department of Energy recognizes the use of advanced lighting by building owners and managers for increased building efficiency and comfort. Read on to learn about the organizations leading the adoption of advanced lighting controls and integrated lighting.

Energy Efficiency  -  August 21, 2023

Building Corporate Energy Awareness Through Mentorship

In this conversation excerpted from the Smart Energy Voices podcast, Kulsoom Khan, Energy Efficiency Manager at Congebec, shares her experience cultivating energy culture buy-in. Khan won a 2023 WISE (Women in Smart Energy) Award for her creation of Congebec's Energy Ambassador Program.

GHG Emissions  -  August 4, 2023 - By Andrea Albright, Walmart

Walmart and Rubi Laboratories Breathe Fresh Air into Sustainable Fashion

What if we could make affordable clothing from carbon emissions? In this column, Walmart's Andrea Albright explores a first-of-its-kind collaboration aimed at capturing carbon emissions from manufacturers and facilities in the Walmart supply chain and converting them into a garment prototype – with zero waste.

Energy Efficiency  -  July 21, 2023 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

3M Achieves 34 Superior Energy Performance 50001™ Certifications

As a science-based Fortune 500 company, 3M focuses on producing innovative products while prioritizing sustainability as a core value throughout the company. In this column from Better Buildings, learn how 3M integrated the systematic ISO-based “plan-do-check-act” framework into on-site energy management practices, resulting in reduced energy use and costs, expanded employee engagement, and improved insight into energy performance at dozens of sites.

GHG Emissions  -  July 17, 2023 - By Lotte Schlegel, IMT

We’re Not Putting Enough Stock in Buildings’ Role in the Climate Crisis

Who is ready to face, and take responsibility for, current and future problems when it comes to our built environment? In this column, Lotte Schlegel of IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) was inspired by the recent smoke conditions from Canadian wildfires to face a new global reality that has a big impact on our ability to provide safe, healthy, climate-appropriate buildings for all.

GHG Emissions  -  July 5, 2023 - By Better Buildings

Allina Health: Leadership in Climate Risk Vulnerability Assessments

Allina Health conducted a climate resilience assessment to ensure their buildings are prepared for the impacts of climate change. In this column from Better Buildings, learn how Allina Health used a climate risk vulnerability tool to understand climate change-related building and community infrastructure vulnerabilities and evaluate what percentage of its building portfolio is at risk for weather-related and public health disasters.

GHG Emissions  -  June 12, 2023 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Maloney Properties: Portfolio Management for Emissions Goal Tracking

Maloney Properties manages multifamily housing properties owned by third parties, many of which are subject to emissions reduction goals established by ordinances in the cities of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this column from Better Buildings, explore how the company created an Excel-based tracking tool to monitor changes in site Energy Use Intensity (EUI), ENERGY STAR Score, and compare calculated emissions scores per building to city targets to evaluate compliance.

Energy Efficiency  -  May 31, 2023 - By Cherylyn Kelley, IMT

Why Leslie Knope Would Be Proud of the New Federal Energy Efficiency Requirements

In May, the White House announced that HUD and the USDA are proposing to require the latest energy codes as a condition of financing and assisting newly constructed homes. In this column, Cherylyn Kelley at IMT explains why this announcement is a big deal and why, after years of advocacy work by many individuals and organizations, this month’s codes news has her feeling like a Pawnee superstar.
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