Milwaukee is a leading participant in the Better Buildings Challenge, a Department of Energy (DOE) national leadership program calling on corporate chief executives, university presidents, state, local and school district leaders to reduce their portfolio-wide energy use by 20 percent by 2020 and showcase the solutions they use and the results they achieve.
“Through the Better Buildings Challenge, we're working to rebuild Milwaukee from the inside out.” said Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Mayor. “With energy efficiency projects, our historic existing buildings can save money, create local jobs, and contribute to a more vibrant community.”
The Central Library is Milwaukee's Showcase Project in the Better Buildings Challenge. Since 2009, the City has cut energy use at the building by over 10% through energy efficiency improvements. Milwaukee's leadership on the Better Buildings Challenge was recognized by the US Department of Energy and received local coverage from CBS 58 and WUWM.
The Milwaukee chapter of the Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) and the Downtown Business Improvement District have joined the effort and will encourage all of Milwaukee’s downtown property owners and managers to participate in the Better Buildings Challenge.
Sheldon Oppermann, the Immediate Past President for the Wisconsin chapter of BOMA said, "Energy efficiency projects can help existing building owners remain competitive. We need to walk the talk, and we hope others will follow our lead.” Oppermann, who is also the Vice President for Compass Properties, has pledged the City Center at 735 N Water Street, as the first office participant from the private sector to accept the challenge.
The City of Milwaukee and US Department of Energy stand ready to support Milwaukee property owners take the Better Buildings Challenge with the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency Program, Me2. Me2 is a city-wide program that PACE financing to make energy efficiency projects affordable and economical.
Words from Milwaukee Participants
“Transwestern applauds the City of Milwaukee’s commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge by using its portfolio to promote energy efficiency and lead the community by example. Transwestern is proud that One Park Plaza is participating in Milwaukee’s Better Building Challenge as well as in Transwestern’s national portfolio commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge of 78 million square feet.”
Allan Skodowski, LEED AP O+M
Managing Senior Vice President
Director of Sustainability
"There is so much economic benefit to be realized when you increase the efficiency of your facility.....how can you not pursue this? On top it, add the social and environment benefits. Roll it all together and this is what success in one aspect of facility management feels like. And, it's a good feeling, trust me."
About the Better Buildings Challenge
The Better Buildings Challenge is a national leadership initiative that calls on chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to significantly reduce their portfolio wide energy use and share the results of their energy reduction strategies. Launched by President Obama in December of 2011, the goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American commercial and industrial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. More than 100 organizations, representing almost 2 billion square feet of commercial and industrial buildings and almost $2 billion in energy efficiency financing, currently partner with the U.S. Department of Energy in the Better Buildings Challenge. For more information please visit www4.eere.energy.gov/challenge.
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