Join the Challenge

The California Best Buildings Challenge is raising the bar in terms of what is expected in the realm of corporate sustainability. We are eager to prove that curbing energy and water use and reducing waste by 20 percent in two years is not only possible, but a must-do. The goal is for this type of achievement to become the norm.Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC

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Overview [pdf]
1-pager about the Challenge.

FAQs [pdf]
Go-to resource for comprehensive answers to general questions, eligibility questions, and reporting and tracking questions.

Tracking Tool [xls]
Participants use this Tracking Tool to record and report progress. Baseline Year data must be submitted to the USGBC-NCC by January 25, 2013, and final Performance Year data must be submitted by January 15, 2015.

Commitment Letter [pdf]
Sign the commitment letter today.

USGBC-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)’s California Best Buildings Challenge encourages companies to reduce energy, water, and waste by 20% in two years in their existing commercial buildings in California.

By entering the California Best Buildings Challenge, an organization agrees to:

  • Commit to pursuing reductions of 20% in energy consumption, potable water consumption, and the generation of landfill waste, in one or more buildings, over a two year time period. To learn more about the Baseline, Improvement, and Performance Year requirements, consult question #2 in the FAQs.

    Note: The spirit of this Challenge is for companies to commit to pursuing aggressive and challenging energy, water, and waste reductions in a short amount of time. Participants who achieve the Challenge goals will receive special recognition and visibility; however, all participants will be recognized for participating and for their achievements, even if they don't hit the targets.
  • Share building energy, water, and waste data with the USGBC-NCC for public promotion of the Challenge and its progress– Note: Unless the Challenge participant agrees otherwise, its utility data will be treated confidentially and reported anonymously.
  • Tell your Challenge story. As part of committing to the Challenge, companies are asked to tell their unique Challenge story in a variety of ways, to propel the green building movement forward through education. See question #2 in the FAQs for details.



For questions on how to join the California Best Buildings Challenge contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Have a technical question?
USGBC-Northern California staff and the Challenge Technical Advisory Board are here to help! Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Technical Challenge Question” in the subject line.

The Challenge is in pilot until July 17th. We welcome feedback during this time as we constantly improve the program.



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