About Beaverton Better Buildings Challenge BBC

What is the Beaverton Better Buildings Challenge?

The Better Buildings Challenge is a national initiative calling local Mayors and businesses to make American buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. Increased efficiency will reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, protect the environment, and save billions of dollars in energy cost that can be spent growing businesses, investing in new technologies, and creating American jobs.

Why join?

Because change starts at the local level. Also, by implementing strategies to reduce your energy use, the money saved can be spent on growing your business, investing in new technologies, and creating jobs in our community.

Benefits to businesses include:

  • A free energy consultation
  • Assistance identifying incentives for efficiency upgrades
  • Operations and maintenance savings from decreased utility costs to reinvest in your business
  • Exposure through City of Beaverton press releases, website, and newsletters
  • A stronger brand and improved stakeholder loyalty by a demonstrated commitment to social responsibility
  • Improved competitiveness
  • A national network of allies (including financial, technology, and service organizations) to help achieve the goal

How to join:

  • Sign the agreement form and publicly pledge an energy savings goal of at least 20 percent by 2020
  • Plan an initial energy conservation project within nine months
  • Track and share energy consumption data

Who is involved?

The program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, City of Beaverton, Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland General Electric, and NW Natural. The Beaverton BBC is coordinated by the City of Beaverton but is a public/private initiative aiming to partner
with local businesses, schools, non-profits, etc.

When can I join?

The Beaverton BBC is currently accepting partners—see the resources page for a participant package and agreement form.