In 2012, five Downtown buildings were awarded a total of $105,000 in grants from the City’s Commercial Building Energy Challenge. Also last year, Downtown’s Bank of America Tower was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The North Florida chapter of the Council is currently raising funds for its Sustainability Resource Center, which found its urban-core home through a partnership with Downtown Vision, Inc. and the Downtown Green Collaborative. Looking forward, USGBC has partnered with the City on an initiative to help curb energy consumption Downtown and across the River City: a free three-part workshop series for the commercial and non-profit business sector. These workshops held at the EverBank Center will cover energy usage, benchmarking, measurement and verification, and how this can affect your company’s bottom-line:
- Buildings Use A LOT of Energy: Reduce Demand, Wednesday, March 20
- Energy Auditing & Benchmarking, Thursday, April 25
- Existing Building Commissioning and Measurement & Verification, Monday, May 20
To learn more about the series, visit www.usgbcnf.org, where you can register for each of the free workshops. Consider this your invitation to help make Downtown – and all of Jacksonville – a greener, more sustainable city.