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City of Atlanta Joins the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator Program

Post Date:05/16/2016 4:30 PM
Mayor Kasim Reed press release header

 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jewanna Gaither, Press Information Officer
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell
jgaither@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2016

News Release

City of Atlanta Joins the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator Program

ATLANTA –The City of Atlanta announced today that it was chosen to partner with the United States Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator, a program which aims to lower energy bills in low income communities through expanded installation of energy efficient appliances and distributed renewables. As a partner, the City of Atlanta will work to support clean energy adoption for low-income communities citywide.

“We are proud to be a Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator, which is aligned with the City of Atlanta’s goal to ensure that all residents have access to affordable renewable energy,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “We are quickly gaining momentum as a national leader in sustainability and are uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of expanding clean energy to underserved neighborhoods."

The Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator supports President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan with a goal to accelerate investment in home energy efficiency improvement projects across the country. The program will encourage the development of innovative partnerships which will allow for best practices and funding models to be incorporated by agencies and local government.

“Thanks to a dedicated drive to actively create and share the best energy efficiency solutions, Better Buildings partners have dramatically cut their energy waste and saved more than a billion dollars since the Better Buildings initiative was launched five years ago,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “As the initiative continues to grow, we are moving the nation forward by reducing energy costs and carbon emissions through energy efficiency.”

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor's Office of Sustainability, through the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, has partnered with businesses and non-profit organizations to implement a voluntary program to reduce energy and water consumption in buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020. Since 2011, Atlanta has led the way for cities participating in the Better Buildings Challenge by committing nearly 104 million square feet of building space across more than 420 buildings which strive to improve energy and water efficiency. In addition, the City’s first ever solar program, Solar Atlanta, will install solar panels on the roofs of 28 municipal buildings all across the city to ensure that solar energy is afforded to all residents.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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