Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed July 14 announced the mayor’s office of resilience and its partners honored top commercial businesses committed to energy and water conservation during the 2016-17 Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge annual recognition event July 12.

The challenge, led by the office of resilience in partnership with Livable Buckhead, Central Atlanta Progress, Southface and the Midtown Alliance, works to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across the city by 2020.

To date, Atlanta is leading the nation with more than 114 million square feet of commercial space committed to energy and water efficiency. About 39 percent of buildings committed to the challenge have already met the 20 percent water reduction goal, and across the entire challenge portfolio, Atlanta has already reduced energy consumption by 17 percent, three years ahead of the deadline. In addition, the challenge has created more than 273 jobs.

“The collective contributions that our Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge participants have made to Atlanta’s environmental footprint over the last six years are remarkable,” Reed said in a news release. “I would like congratulate the honorees and thank the Atlanta business community for their dedication to protecting our planet, as well as for advancing Atlanta’s economy with their efforts. I am confident that the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge’s portfolio of participants will exceed the 2020 goals for both energy and water savings.”

Buildings recognized as top performers produced the highest levels of energy and water savings in 2016. MVP awards were given to organizations in the challenge who were not only top performers but also champion advocates for it.

The MVP award recipients include: Emory University (college/university), Georgia-Pacific Center (office building), Atlanta History Center (entertainment venue), Atlanta Community Tool Bank (distribution center/warehouse), Fulton County Schools (K-12 schools), Hemphill Water Treatment Plant (public service), T3 Labs (healthcare), AMLI Residential (multi-family) and Cousins Properties’ Michael Lopez (individual champion).

Top performers in the challenge include:

Downtown: 34 Peachtree, 55 Allen Plaza, AmericasMart-Building Two, Atlanta Realtors Center, Bank of America Plaza, Centennial Olympic Park, Centennial Tower, Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, Coca-Cola Plaza-CCP, Coca-Cola Plaza-TCP, Georgia State University-One Park Place, Georgia State University-Student Center West, Georgia State University-Student Recreation Center, Georgia State University-Urban Life Building, Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia-Pacific Center, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Peachtree Center- Harris Tower, Peachtree Center-Marquis Two, Peachtree Summit Federal Building, Richard B. Russell Federal Building, Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, Southface-Main Campus, Southface-Sweet Center, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, SunTrust Plaza, T3 Labs, The Hurt Building, The Turner Building and the Woodruff Volunteer Center.

Midtown: 100 Colony Square, 1100 Spring Street, 1180 Peachtree, 400 Colony Square, Emory University Hospital Midtown-Summit Parking Deck, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia Institute of Technology-Allen Lamar Sustainable Education Building, Georgia Institute of Technology-Technology Square Research Building, One Atlantic Center, One Midtown Plaza, Promenade, Ten 10th Street, Ten Peachtree Place, Two Midtown Plaza, WSB-TV and The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Buckhead: Gallery Condominium, Lenox Square mall, One Alliance Center, One Buckhead Plaza, The Pinnacle, Tower Place 100 and Westminster Schools

City of Atlanta and metro Atlanta locations: Atlanta Mission-Shepard’s Inn, Atlanta Public Schools-Douglas High School, Fulton County-Kirkwood Library, Fulton County-Washington Park Library, Fuqua Boys & Girls Club, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport-DOA Technical Campus, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport-North Terminal Parking Deck, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport-South Terminal Parking Deck, UPS-Building 35, UPS-Building 55, Fulton County Schools, Emory University, Adair Park-Warehouse, Bessie Branham Recreation Building, Candler Park-Bath House, Collier Park Recreation Center, Cornelius Adolphus Scott Recreation Center, Donald Lee Hollowell Memorial Water Park, Fire Station 30, Fire Station 31, Grove Park Recreation Center, Hemphill Water Treatment Plant and Pumping Station, Police Training Academy, Powell Pool-Bath House and Warehouse Office-Englewood Avenue.

Atlanta was among one of the first cities selected by President Barack Obama in 2011 to participate in this U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge program. The sustainability program has since expanded throughout the country.

Information: www.atlantaga.gov

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