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Energy Dept. Adds New Partners to ‘Better Buildings Challenge’; Ernest Moniz Comments

Ernest MonizThe Energy Department has moved to save nearly $100 million in annual energy costs by adding new industry and financial partners to its Better Buildings Challenge.

Supporters including Wal-Mart, General Mills and General Motors have agreed to help reduce energy waste by more than 1 billion square feet of building space under the DOE initiative, now in its second year, the department said Friday.

“Better Buildings Challenge partners exemplify leadership in energy efficiency by creating innovative strategies to save energy, water and money across a range of industries,” said Ernest Moniz, energy secretary.

A total of 26 new allies and seven new financial partners have joined the Better Buildings Challenge as the program targets more than 3 billion square feet of energy waste cuts.

Financial partners also pumped more than $1.7 billion in private funding into efficiency enhancement programs.

New industry and financial allies include:

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Balfour Beatty Communities
  • Capitol Hill Housing
  • Commonwealth Partners
  • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Eastman Chemical
  • General Mills
  • General Motors
  • HARBEC
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Jonathan Rose Companies
  • City of Margate
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
  • New Bedford Housing Authority
  • Penn State University
  • Rockford Housing Authority
  • City of San Diego
  • Towson University
  • University of Virginia
  • UTC
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods Market
  • VLV
  • Volvo
  • Wishrock Investment Group
  • California Housing Partnership
  • Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
  • Enterprise Community Investment Inc.
  • Hannon Armstrong
  • LISC
  • Low Income Investment Fund
  • TBL Fund

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