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USGBC member companies are among the top Better Plants performers in energy use reduction.

In its biannual progress report, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized its partners in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program and found they have cumulatively seen billions of dollars in savings after meeting their efficiency goals.

Better Plants partners, which include 3,000 facilities representing 12 percent of the total domestic manufacturing sector, have saved about $4.2 billion since the program's establishment. Partners in this program commit to improving their performance through comprehensive energy management plans for their manufacturing facilities.

Among these partners are many USGBC member companies, which have found the Better Plants program to align with their commitments to sustainability in operations.

USGBC member accolades

  • Eastman Chemical Company was a 2017 Better Project Award winner for the installation of a combustion turbine burner that has led to improvements in steam production reliability and has saved 156,000 MMBTU in energy savings annually.
  • General Motors was a Better Plants Challenge achiever in 2016, having reached a 20 percent reduction in water intensity in six years.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. was a 2017 Better Practice Award winner for establishing a company-wide Energy Hunt program that resulted in a threefold increase in identified energy savings projects and helped the company meet its Better Plants Challenge goal two years ahead of schedule. Johnson Controls also met its energy reduction goals in 2016, decreasing its consumption by 26 percent in seven years.
  • Saint-Gobain earned a 2017 Better Practice Award for creating its WWE (Waste, Water, Energy) Awards to inspire competition among its more than 120 manufacturing sites to reduce their impacts on the environment.
  • Schneider Electric was a Better Plants Challenge achiever in 2016, reducing its energy consumption by 26 percent in eight years.

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USGBC is proud of the member companies that have committed to efficiency goals through the Better Plants program. We look forward to continuing to promote the work of Better Plants, and we are always seeking ways to build on this momentum.

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