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Region 4 Reaches Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Goal

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July 23, 2013

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) recognized The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for reaching a milestone achievement in sustainability. The Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center  was one of just 20 Atlanta properties to complete its Atlanta BBC goal in 2013.

Atlanta BBC participants work to realize a 20 percent reduction in energy and water consumption in commercial properties by or before 2020. GSA is among the first Atlanta BBC participants to achieve this goal within less than two years of the program’s launch, and is a Founding Partner of the Atlanta BBC.

Atlanta, along with Seattle and Los Angeles, were the first cities selected by President Obama in 2011 to participate in this U.S. Department of Energy-backed sustainability program that has since expanded throughout the country. Originating in Downtown, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge has grown to include participation throughout the city, including the Midtown and Buckhead communities. Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) works in partnership with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to manage the Atlanta BBC. 

To date, the Atlanta BBC boasts more than 80 participants, representing more than 65 million square feet of commercial space working to implement sustainability improvements.

“We commend and congratulate GSA for taking this important step to improve Atlanta’s energy and water efficiency,” said Lauren Dufort, Director of Sustainability at Central Atlanta Progress.

GSA's Brian Kimsey receiving award from Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed.  “The City of Atlanta applauds all of the GSA staff that worked to make the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center an example of how our city can be a more sustainable place to live and conduct business,” said Denise Quarles, Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Their hard work is just the beginning, and we are glad that they paved the way for other Atlanta BBC participants.”

GSA’s Atlanta BBC team was formally recognized in a ceremony held July 16 at Hudson Grille Midtown. Pictured to the left is GSA Supervisory Architect, Brian Kimsey receiving an award from the Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed.  

About the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC):  The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge is a nation-leading public/private initiative. Led locally by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and managed by Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020. For more information, please visit




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