WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, May 17, Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm will give the opening keynote at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) annual Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit to highlight the work of companies and organizations across America that are partnering with DOE to make buildings, homes, and manufacturing plants more efficient. She will also announce the organizations participating in the Better Buildings Low-Carbon Pilot on getting their facilities to low- or no-carbon emissions—efforts that can save businesses money while pursuing President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The U.S. spends $600 billion each year to power homes, plants, and buildings, presenting a tremendous opportunity for efficiency savings in pursuit of a clean energy economy. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with more than 950 public and private sector organizations across the country—representing nearly every sector of the economy, including more than 30 of the nation’s Fortune 100 companies—to improve their energy, water, and waste efficiency, while sharing proven solutions with the market. The annual Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is the keystone event for the program. At the Summit, DOE recognizes partners for efficiency progress and hosts peer networking and thought leadership sessions.

On the first day of Summit, May 17, DOE will release the Better Buildings Progress Report, which highlights the latest program-wide numbers for energy costs saved and carbon emissions avoided, organizations that have met their energy efficiency goals, and updates on Better Buildings campaigns and program initiatives.

WHO:

Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy

Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

WHEN:

Monday, May 17, 2021, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:

To watch live, register here. Press that would like to cover the event may email maria.vargas@ee.doe.gov for further details and questions, or to set up interviews with DOE leadership.

VISUALS:

Video highlighting the 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Goal Achievers—organizations that reached their energy, water, or financing goals in the past year.

RESOURCES:

https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/summit

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