Commitment to Action

Better Buildings Challenge

Commitment by

U.S. Department of Energy, The Obama Administration

In 2011, the Obama Administration committed to the launch, leadership, and support of the Better Buildings Challenge. The Better Buildings Challenge is a White House-convened, DOE-supported leadership initiative that is co-led by President Bill Clinton and the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. It directly engages business executives, state and local elected officials, and leaders from other non-governmental organizations; recognizes the organizations they lead for making actionable commitments to improve energy efficiency in America's buildings; and supports their efforts with technical assistance and policy support. Partners that enroll in the Better Buildings Challenge represent the vanguard of innovation in building energy upgrades, performance, financing, and management. The cumulative results of The Better Buildings Challenge will demonstrate how making America's buildings more energy efficient creates jobs and saves money through specific examples of leadership and action - contributing to achieving President Obama's goal of reducing energy use in America's commercial building stock 20 percent by 2020. As part of this initial launch, the Administration is announcing the first commitments made by local leaders, owners of real estate, and financial institutions. Through the Administration's efforts in conjunction with former President Clinton and the Jobs Council, three major American cities- Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle - have signed onto the Challenge, committing to take necessary policy steps to accelerate the energy efficiency market in their respective cities. A number of financial allies and corporate portfolio partners have also signed onto the Better Buildings Challenge. Together, these initial Better Building Challenge partners represent more than 300 million square feet of real estate and more than $500 million in financing.





Better Buildings Challenge



Est. Duration

2 Years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

U.S. Department of Energy, The Obama Administration

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Green Sports Alliance, Metrus Energy, Transwestern, Transcend Equity Development Corp., City of Atlanta, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, USAA Real Estate Company, Renew Financial, Abundant Power, Green Campus Partners, Lend Lease, Seattle 2030 District, City of Los Angeles, Citigroup Inc