U.S. Green Building Council Commends President Obama for Launching the Better Buildings Challenge

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The White House announces at CGI America a new step toward achieving better buildings

Once again, the President is taking action and inspiring action in the building industry so we can seize the tremendous opportunity in green buildings.

The U.S. Green Building Council is pleased to commend and congratulate President Obama this week for launching the Better Buildings Challenge, a White House driven program that will ramp up significant commitments to green building.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced 14 initial partners that are committed to the Better Buildings Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago.

“Once again, the President is taking action and inspiring action in the building industry so we can seize the tremendous opportunity in green buildings. We know we could be saving $130 billion a year if we had greener, more efficient buildings and create nearly 1 million jobs in the process,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Through this dynamic new program announced at President Clinton’s CGI America event, we can begin to scale and accelerate the green retrofit industry, and ultimately stimulate our economy by saving energy, saving people money, and putting America back to work.”

The Better Buildings Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative that President Obama launched in February to catalyze private sector investment in commercial building upgrades and make America’s commercial buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next decade. The initial partners in the Better Buildings Challenge include private sector companies, financial institutions and local governments.

“We are absolutely committed to engaging our 16,000 members, our 170, 000 LEED Professional Credential holders and our 79 chapters across the country to advance the Challenge and encourage the use of our LEED Green Building Rating System as a pathway to ensuring the immediate, measureable and proven results this Challenge is meant to create,” said Rick Fedrizzi.

More than 114,000 new jobs, many which would come from the hard-hit construction industry, would be created through the Better Buildings Initiative, according to a new analysis released by The Real Estate Roundtable, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. (http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/BBIJobs)

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and 170,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Nearly 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, more than 11,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 52,000 more homes registered. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Contact: Marisa Long,
External Relations Manager, USGBC
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