Public Sector

Public sector organizations now have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on furthering their clean energy goals by participating in the Better Buildings Alliance. Through membership in the Better Buildings Alliance, states, local governments, and K-12 school districts can expand their skills and resources with guidance from DOE experts and thoughtful peer exchange.

Members commit to annual energy savings goals and participate in Public Sector Teams to build tangible,
results-driven tools and capacities to maximize their organizations’ effectiveness. View these pages on the Public Sector Teams page. View select opportunities for Local Government members.

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Highlighted Activities

Discover energy-saving strategies and approaches documented in the Better Buildings Challenge Implementation Models
Review implementation models that outline actions, tools, and supporting documentation used successfully by partners who have taken the Better Buildings Challenge in efforts to achieve their portfolio-wide energy efficiency savings goals.

Participate in Public Sector Teams
Further your energy-saving goals by connecting with Public Sector Teams, such as Community Strategic Energy Planning, Finance Strategies, Energy Savings Performance Contracts, and Data Management Approaches.

Participate in Technology Solutions Teams
Further your energy-saving goals by connecting with the Technology Solutions Teams, such as Space Conditioning, Plug & Process Loads, Energy Management & Information Systems, Lighting & Electrical, Refrigeration, and Food Service.

Participate in Market Solutions Teams
Further your energy-saving goals by connecting with the Market Solutions Teams, such as Leasing & Split Incentive, Financing, Workforce Development, Data Access, Appraisal & Valuation.

Save energy by installing high performance rooftop units (RTUs), implementing retrofit measures, and joining the Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC)
The Space Conditioning team is helping members realize energy and costs savings of 20 to 50% through the installation of new high efficiency RTUs produced by the High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge, advanced control retrofits, and participation in ARC.

Energy Management Resources

ENERGY STAR for Government
Homepage of the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program for government buildings. Proven energy management strategy and no-cost tools for local and state governments, as well as federal agencies.

ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual
A strategic manual designed to assist building owners and managers to design and implement energy performance measures in commercial buildings.

U.S. EPA Guidelines for Energy Management
A proven strategy for energy management developed by the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program.

Financing Resources

Department of Energy Financing Solutions
Information on designing clean energy financing programs.

  • Alachua County Public Schools
  • City of Cedar Rapids, IA
  • City of Charlottesville, VA
  • City of Davenport, IA
  • City of Jonesboro, AR
  • City of Santa Monica, CA
  • Oakland County, MI
  • Mecklenburg County, NC
  • South Washington County Schools, WA
  • State of Arkansas
  • Volusia County, FL
Additional Resources

View 2013 Better Buildings Summit Presentations
Discover insightful presentations delivered at the 2013 Better Buildings Summit, which brought together state and local government and K-12 education leaders to discuss effective actions and policies to build a clean energy economy. Presentation topics range from creating a strategic energy plan for schools and local communities, data collection techniques for benchmarking, and financing public sector projects.