HUD and DOE Launch New Better Climate Challenge
The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. To mitigate the impacts of climate change while creating jobs and strengthening the clean energy economy, DOE and HUD are challenging multifamily organizations to set ambitious, time-bound, portfolio-wide operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals to help create pathways to decarbonize buildings nationwide while showcasing their climate leadership.
In November 2021, HUD and DOE announced the launch of a new initiative, the Better Climate Challenge (a separate commitment from the Better Buildings Challenge). Partnering organizations commit to reducing their scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by at least 50 percent within 10 years. By accelerating energy efficiency and other clean energy investments, reporting on progress, and sharing their plans and solutions for meeting their ambitious goals, partners help pave the way for others. HUD works with DOE to support Multifamily Sector partners in this transformative market leadership program through technical assistance, facilitating peer-to-peer learning opportunities, sharing the work of leaders, and highlighting real-world replicable solutions.
Through the Better Climate Challenge, DOE and HUD provide a national platform for organizations to make public commitments, share replicable solutions, leverage technical expertise, and gain recognition. The program builds upon the success of the Better Buildings Challenge and provides value to partnering organizations through:
- Engaging in Market Transformation with Elite Leaders
- More than 950 organizations partner with DOE in the Better Buildings Initiative and represent market leaders in nearly every sector, including industrial, commercial, public, education, multifamily, and residential. HUD works with DOE to support multifamily sector partners.
- Partnering organizations can access this network of technical and industry experts to develop innovative cost-effective GHG reduction solutions
- Peer-to-Peer Exchange and Technical Assistance Network
- Access technical assistance through DOE’s national labs
- Peer-exchange opportunities to learn and share real-world challenges and solutions through webinars, conferences, regional meetups, and other events
- National recognition for achieving program milestones and GHG emissions reduction results
If your organization is interested in joining the Better Climate Challenge, please email Multifamily program lead Josh Geyer at Joshua.M.Geyer@hud.gov to set up an informational call.