Sprint, Macy’s and Johnson Controls are joining the Better Buildings Challenge.
The companies will upgrade more than 200 million square feet of building space to cut energy use by at least 20 percent by 2020.
These steps support President Obama’s goal of cutting energy waste from homes and businesses in half over the next two decades, announced in his State of the Union address last week.
Each year, the US spends about $200 billion to power commercial buildings – and another $200 billion to power industrial facilities, according to the US Department of Energy. In 2011, President Obama launched the Better Buildings Challenge and the Better Plants Challenge to help commercial and industrial buildings become at least 20 percent more efficient over the next decade.
Based in Overland Park, Kan., Sprint has secured five percent of its total energy use from renewable energy – including wind, solar, geothermal and hydrogen fuel cells. Sprint is now the first telecommunications company to join the Better Buildings Program, and the company is increasing its absolute electrical energy reduction goal from 15 percent to 20 percent by 2017.
Based in Milwaukee, Wis., Johnson Controls has reduced the energy intensity of its US manufacturing plants by 25 percent from 2002 to 2008. Johnson Controls commits to an additional 25 percent energy intensity reduction in its 71 US manufacturing plants covering 16 million square feet through 2019.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Macy’s has pledged to reduce energy use in 179 million square feet of its commercial real estate. Macy’s has engaged in energy reduction measures through the development and use of its Energy Information System to monitor, analyze, and target key energy opportunities. Macy’s is also retrofitting with LED technology for accent lighting, replacing over one million lamps over the last three years and reducing the energy used for this lighting by more than 70 percent.