Could harnessing America’s binge-watching habits change the world? The third annual U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings SWAP – a reality TV-style challenge between the cities of Atlanta and Boston to seek better energy efficiency ideas for each other – is about to launch.
On April 20, the annual series will be available to watch via the US Department of Energy’s website, and will explore how Mayors Kasim Reed (D) and Marty Walsh (D) take on energy efficiency in their cities – respectively, Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Boston’s Library at Copley Square.
The SWAP series mirrors the purpose of the U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, the initiative it launched in 2011 to improve efficiency of American commercial, institutional, multifamily buildings and industrial plants by 20 percent or more over 10 years.
Among the goals of SWAP are to:
- Demonstrate that the unique collaboration between Better Buildings Challenge partners is a valuable way to continue to achieve savings through energy efficiency;
- Provide a unique, first-hand look into the technology and strategies that leading energy management teams are employing today; and
- Raise awareness around the savings possible through increased energy efficiency.
“Through the Challenge, DOE is engaging with leaders in the public and private sectors — at the top level in these organizations – to commit to energy efficiency improvements across their buildings.” The DOE states on its website, noting that, “The willingness of these organizations to be transparent and to share information, practices, and strategies with other organizations is a key aspect to this partnership. In so doing, they are helping to drive revolutionary change in the commercial and industrial marketplace. DOE recognizes and highlights the success of these leaders, as they share replicable, scalable and innovative solutions that others can follow.”
This third series of the SWAP shines a light on efforts being made in government buildings.
To catch the first and second series – which saw Whole Foods versus Hilton; and the Air Force Academy versus the Naval Academy respectively – click here.
To date, more than 285 organizations have partnered with the Better Buildings Challenge. These organizations represent more than 3.5 billion square feet of commercial building space, 650 manufacturing facilities, 50 cities and states, and $5.5 billion in financial commitments from the private sector. Partners are on track to meet their goals and on average are saving 2 percent annually on their energy-use intensity, representing savings of $840 million since the program launched.