Save The Date: DOE – Better Buildings Challenge SWAP

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Date(s) - 02/15/2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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better buildings challenge, energy savings

Join us for an insider’s look at the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP program, presented by DOE Senior Program Advisor Maria T. Vargas and hosted by the IFMA Environmental Stewardship, Utilities & Sustainability (ESUS) Community. A cornerstone of the Better Buildings Challenge is recognizing DOE partners for their leadership and sharing their successful energy saving strategies. The SWAP is DOE’s way of continuing to do that in a true behind-the-scenes setting to better showcase how energy savings are achieved, from planning to implementation. This as a unique way to spur inter-industry collaboration, and allow DOE partners, who work across a broad set of sectors, to learn from one another in a way they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

The SWAP is an engaging way to illuminate and personalize the search for energy efficiency opportunities. The behind-the-scenes reality TV format showcases how energy savings are achieved, from planning to implementation. The SWAP demonstrates that even the most energy efficient buildings can improve and that ideas can come from all different building owners and types. DOE believes that SWAP is a way to make inter-industry collaboration, learning, and sharing ideas fun. Our partners demonstrate that organizations can learn from others in a way they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

The goal of the SWAP is to demonstrate the unique collaboration between Better Buildings Challenge partners is a valuable way to continue to achieve savings through energy efficiency. It provides a unique, first-hand look into the technology and strategies that leading energy management teams are employing today, and raises awareness around the savings possible through increased energy efficiency.

Presenter Bio:
Maria Tikoff Vargas
Senior Program Advisor
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy

Maria serves as a Senior Program Advisor at the Department of Energy. She is also the Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge. The goal of this broad initiative is to work with leaders in the public and private sectors to make American buildings at least 20 percent more efficient in the next decade. Prior to her work at DOE, Maria was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for almost 20 years while at the US Environmental Protection Agency. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985. Maria received a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning.

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