DECEMBER – City of Atlanta Recognizes Better Buildings Challenge Top Performers December 4, 2014

December 4, 2014

ATLANTA – The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and  partner organizations announced the top performers of 2014 at its Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge annual recognition event held Tuesday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. In addition to the year’s top performers, six participants received outstanding achievement awards for milestones and work related to the Challenge.

As we enter the fourth year of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, I am proud of the collective contributions that our participants have made to Atlanta’s economy and environmental footprint, said Mayor Kasim Reed. The Atlanta BBC top performers have surpassed program expectations and continue to do so in a winning fashion. With this continued progress, I have no doubt that Atlanta’s portfolio of buildings will exceed the 2020 goals for both energy and water.

Those recognized at the event represent participants whose remarkable efforts produced the highest levels of energy and water savings in 2014. Performance is based on complete utility data entered in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager through June 30, 2014. The outstanding achievement award recipients and top performers are as follows:

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Water Savings Award: The Georgia Trust – Rhodes Hall
Energy Star Award: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Outstanding Energy Project: Fox Theatre
Outstanding Water Project: Bank of America Plaza
Tenant Engagement Award: Hines Property Management
Individual Impact Award: Mark Gallman, Highwoods

Top Performers – Energy

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport South Terminal Parking Deck*
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport North Terminal Parking Deck*
Hemphill Water Treatment Plant & Pumping Station*
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center*
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta*
Epsten Group: The Edge*
One Atlantic Center*
The Turner Building*
Technology Square Research Building*
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church*
1180 Peachtree*
55 Allen Plaza*
Atlanta History Center  Parking Deck
Margaret Mitchell House – Commercial Row
T3 Labs
Emory University Hospital Midtown- Summit Parking Deck
The Georgia Trust – Rhodes Hall
Fox Theatre
Atlanta Tech Village
Southface – Main Campus
Two Live Oak

Top Performers – Water

One Atlantic Center*
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church*
Hyatt Regency Atlanta*
American Cancer Society Center*
Branan Towers*
Asbury Harris Epworth Towers*
The Hurt Building
R. Russell Federal Building – Courthouse
Fox Theatre
Two Midtown Plaza
One Midtown Plaza
Woodruff Arts Center Memorial Arts Building
Bank of America Plaza
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Peachtree Summit Federal Building
The Georgia Trust – Rhodes Hall
The Turner Building
Westminster Schools

* Those designated with an asterisk have been recognized as top performers for two years running (2013 and 2014).

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 BBC has grown to include participation throughout the city, including the Midtown and Buckhead communities.

Led locally by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress, Midtown Alliance, and Livable Buckhead, the Atlanta BBC is working towards a goal to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020.

To date, the Atlanta BBC encompasses more than 228 buildings in Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, totaling more than 73 million square feet.   In 2013, the Challenge achieved over 9% in energy savings and more than 86 million gallons in water savings. Based on mid-year reporting, the program anticipates an additional 2% in energy savings for 2014.

As a result of the success they have already achieved, Emory University has announced plans to expand its footprint within the program, adding both Emory Healthcare and Emory Campus to their portfolio. With these additions, Emory University currently totals approximately 6.5 million square feet of property pledged to the Atlanta BBC.

The Atlanta BBC is made possible thanks to generous support from its sponsors, including Kendeda Fund, Turner Foundation, McKenney’s, TOTO USA, Brogdon Group, Recycling Management Resources, Mingledorff’s, Affairs to Remember, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta History Center, Consensus Energy, EcoZohm, LLC and Georgia Recycling Coalition.


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

About the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is focused on embedding sustainability best practices into Atlanta city government and across the community. For more information about Atlanta’s efforts to create a more sustainable city, please visit the Office of Sustainability’s page at Follow the Office of Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter @ATLSustainable.

For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @City_of_Atlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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