Cousins Properties Reaches Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Goal
Completes implementation of significant energy, water consumption improvements
The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) recognized Cousins Properties for reaching a milestone achievement in sustainability for its American Cancer Society Center (ACSC) building. The ACSC, located downtown at 250 Williams Street, was one of just 20 Atlanta properties to complete its Atlanta BBC goal in 2013.
Atlanta BBC participants work to realize a 20 percent reduction in energy and water consumption in commercial properties by or before 2020. Cousins is among the first Atlanta BBC participants to achieve this goal within less than two years of the program’s launch.
Atlanta, along with Seattle and Los Angeles, were the first cities selected by President Obama in 2011 to participate in this U.S. Department of Energy-backed sustainability program that has since expanded throughout the country. Originating in Downtown, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge has grown to include participation throughout the city, including the Midtown and Buckhead communities. Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) works in partnership with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to manage the Atlanta BBC.
To date, the Atlanta BBC boasts more than 80 participants, representing more than 65 million square feet of commercial space working to implement sustainability improvements.
“We commend and congratulate Cousins for taking this important step to improve Atlanta’s energy and water efficiency,” said Lauren Dufort, Director of Sustainability at Central Atlanta Progress.
“The City of Atlanta applauds Cousins in its efforts to make our city a more sustainable place to live and conduct business,” said Denise Quarles, Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Their hard work is just the beginning, and we are glad that they paved the way for other Atlanta BBC participants.”
Cousins was formally recognized in a ceremony held July 16 at Hudson Grille Midtown.
About the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC): The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge is a nation-leading public/private initiative. Led locally by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and managed by Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020. For more information, please visit www.atlantabbc.com.
About Cousins Properties
Cousins Properties Incorporated is a leading diversified real estate company with extensive experience in development, acquisition, financing, management and leasing. Based in Atlanta, the Company actively invests in office and retail projects. Since its founding in 1958, Cousins has developed 20 million square feet of office space, 20 million square feet of retail space, more than 3,500 multi-family units and more than 60 single-family neighborhoods. The Company is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust (REIT) and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CUZ. For more, please visit www.cousinsproperties.com.