HUD and DOE Launch Better Climate Challenge at Executive Roundtable Event
On February 28, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held an Executive Roundtable to officially kick off the Better Climate Challenge, DOE’s newest initiative to promote the reduction of GHG emissions across the nation. At the virtual roundtable that included HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm highlighted the urgency of collective action to mitigate the impacts of climate change and support the communities most affected by it. The event welcomed the program’s inaugural partners, which include more than 90 organizations from the public and private sectors. Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, the first multifamily partner to pledge a GHG reduction goal within the Challenge, represented the multifamily housing sector during the question-and-answer session between Secretary Granholm and executive staff from several partner organizations.
Organizations that enroll in the Better Climate Challenge commit to reducing their Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 50 percent within 10 years, and in return receive:
- Access to technical assistance coordinated by DOE and HUD
- Peer-to-peer learning opportunities
- Expertise of DOE’s National Labs
The goal of 50 percent emissions reductions reflects the urgency Secretary Granholm spoke of and builds on the successes of the Better Buildings Challenge, which asks organizations to improve their energy efficiency by 20 percent in 10 years. As of March 16, 2022, the Better Climate Challenge had 108 enrolled partners and allies.