President Obama Puts Focus on Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings

President Obama Puts Spotlight on Importance of Energy Efficiency
Goals for Commercial Building Can Be Met in Central Virginia with LEAP

Charlottesville, Virginia – Noting that commercial buildings use about 20 percent of all energy in the US economy, President Obama today announced a “Better Buildings Initiative” with a goal of making commercial buildings – including offices, stores, schools, universities, hospitals and municipal buildings – 20 percent more efficient over the next decade.  The Initiative is expected to reduce business owners’ energy bills by about $40 billion per year.

With the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), Central Virginia’s homeowners, commercial property and business owners can already take advantage of rebates, incentives and other resources to help reduce their energy use by 20 percent.

In the coming weeks LEAP will announce the specifics of its commercial energy efficiency program as well as launch, in partnership with Better World Betty, a local challenge for business owners to maximize their energy and cost savings. The challenge will include resources, checklists, scorecards, public recognition and awards as has the support of the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, University of Virginia and Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Business owners interested in participating in the challenge or learning more about LEAP’s commercial efficiency program should contact LEAP’s Executive Director Cynthia Adams at

The key elements of the President’s plan are:

• New tax incentives for building efficiency

• More financing opportunities for commercial retrofits

• “Race to Green” for state and municipal governments that streamline regulations and attract private investment for retrofit projects

• The Better Buildings Challenge

• Training the next generation of commercial building technology workers

More information on the President’s plan is available online:


Contact: Annie Suttle, 434.249.9817,