DOE to Host Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities

by Carolyn Berndt

With the building sector accounting for 39 percent of the nation's energy use, 72 percent of its electricity use and one third of all global greenhouse gas emissions, making buildings more energy efficient can have multiple benefits for communities, including creating jobs and economic growth, reducing energy costs and lowering carbon emissions. 

The U.S. Department of Energy invites state and local leaders and decision-makers to its Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities, June 26-27 in Denver. 

The summit is an opportunity to network with fellow state and local leaders and decision makers in a forum showcasing how the Better Buildings Challenge Partners are achieving the benefits of energy efficiency in public buildings and within local communities. Participants will learn innovative strategies and models for adopting and implementing clean energy solutions in their communities that save money, create jobs, increase energy security and protect the environment. 

Topics of conference sessions will include:

  • Making the business case for increasing the energy efficiency in buildings
  • Designing the critical elements of a successful program based on models from existing Better Buildings Challenge Partners and other effective programs:

    o Driving Demand for Energy Efficiency Projects
    o Financing Options
    o Policy Development and Adoption
    o Managing Data for Results
    o Leveraging Partnerships and Stakeholder Relationships
  • Implementing a program to successfully achieve the goal

    Details: To register for the Summit, please visit or e-mail

    To learn more about the Better Buildings Challenge, visit