Article courtesy of Dionne Kinch | June 15, 2015 | AJC.com | Shared as educational material
The city of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability announced recently that the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Water Pilot program exceeded 22 other cities in a national water conservation contest. Atlanta buildings participating in the pilot accounted for 43 percent of the total 377 million gallons of water saved – the equivalent of 570 Olympic-sized swimming pools – in the first year of program.
The Better Buildings Water Pilot was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2014. Under the program, commercial buildings in 23 cities agreed to voluntarily measure and reduce their water consumption. In the city of Atlanta, 406 buildings have voluntarily committed to reduce energy and water use by 20 percent by the year 2020.
The Atlanta program is currently reporting 11 percent energy savings across a portfolio of 96 million square feet of commercial space in Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, putting Atlanta’s program nine percentage points from reaching achieving its goal five years ahead of schedule.
Atlanta’s data analysis partner, Southface Energy Institute, provides a data visualization tool which allows participants and stakeholders to view real time statistics about the ABBC’s portfolio performance. The tool, available at www.abbcdata.com/, highlights performance metrics ranging from energy savings by property type, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, and year over year water savings in gallons.