Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge logocThe Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, a program of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with Ocean Exchange, will host an Energy Summit at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center on Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Four Ocean Exchange finalists will present solutions to Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge participants to spark implementation projects to help them reach the 20 percent energy reduction goal by 2020.

The Better Buildings Challenge is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. The Challenge asks partners to reduce energy and water consumption 20% by the year 2020. In 2010 Atlanta developed and released its first sustainability plan, Power to Change, which included ambitious goals to reduce Atlanta’s energy and water use to make the city a Top Tier Sustainable City. Atlanta officially launched its Better Buildings Challenge in late 2011.

Ocean Exchange was founded in 2010, holding its first event in 2011. It is a solutions-focused organization conducting a continuous search for best-in-class, proven solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. With a focus on sustainable solutions to improve economies, health, and the environment, the solutions presented at Ocean Exchange improve productivity, reduce waste and reduce the use of natural resources.

The companies presenting at the Energy Summit include Architectural Applications from Portland, Oregon; Energy Storage Systems, Inc. from Portland, Oregon; Saphon Energy from Tunis, Tunisia; and Qcoefficient from Hoboken, New Jersey. The solutions presented will provide participating buildings the help needed to reach its energy reduction goal and realize the associated water savings as well.

The Energy Summit will be held at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center, 250 14th St. NW.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.