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Better Climate Challenge

Program Name: Better Climate Challenge
Program Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Program Type:          Information Sharing/ Technical Support; Management Software/ Data Tacking
Technology:               Alternative Energy Generation/ Renewables; Energy Efficiency/ Demand Response
Fuel:                        Fuel Neutral
Eligibility:  Buildings’ owners and operators
Cost: None


Through Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge, organizations join a network of market leaders that are stepping forward to work with DOE to plan for their organization’s future success by reducing GHG emissions and sharing replicable pathways to decarbonization. Partners will save energy and money and demonstrate leadership in their local communities. Participating organizations can tap into the Better Buildings network, engage with other market leaders, access peer-to-peer exchange opportunities, and leverage technical assistance from DOE and the national labs.


Any organization with a portfolio of buildings/plants/housing in the U.S. is welcome to join. Through this Challenge, DOE is striving to work with organizations across the U.S. economy to ensure broad participation and highlight leadership from a diverse array of public and private organizations across geographies.

How the Program Works

The Better Climate Challenge is a voluntary, market-based platform for organizations to set ambitious, portfolio-wide, operational GHG emissions reduction goals and showcase how they are taking steps to address climate change. More specifically, partnering organizations commit to reducing their scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by at least 50% within 10 years. Partners also set an energy efficiency target as well, typically 20%. 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. DOE will support 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.

How to Apply

Organizations interested in joining the Better Climate Challenge can complete the contact form and indicate their interest in joining or o email New organizations will need to review and complete the Partnership Agreement.

Existing Better Buildings and Better Plants partners can email their program contact(s), indicating interest in joining the Better Climate Challenge.

Contact Information

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