With the 2016 Kickoff and 7th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards behind us, The Challenge for Sustainability is now well underway in its 8th year. This year, the Challenge is focused on increasing peer-to-peer learning and creating connections between participants with similar goals to develop creative strategies to overcome barriers to implementation. Throughout April, Challenge Staff have been meeting one-on-one with participants to help them understand their patterns of past utility use (as tracked through the Challenge Scorecard and Portfolio Manager). This allows participants to identify opportunities in building sustainability and create targeted and actionable goals for 2016 and onward.
The Challenge is continuing to provide peer-to-peer programming that focuses on the technical/operational side of building sustainability. The first of these meetings will explore groundwater reclamation. In addition to regular peer-to-peer meetings, this year the Challenge will host several events that focus on the broader context of sustainability. The first of these meetings will be in late June. All members of the A Better City community are invited to join Challenge participants in attending these events; invitations for June will be sent out soon.
The Challenge will also be continuing to promote the successes of program participants as they work towards reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and improving building sustainability. On March 24th, 2016, Challenge participants and stakeholders joined together to celebrate the participants with exemplary success in 2015. Five major awards were presented and three Challenge participants were added to the Target 2020 Leaders Plaque. For a full list of 7th Annual Challenge for Sustainability Awards Winners, click here.