The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) recently launched the California Best Buildings Challenge.

Inspired by the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge and President Clinton’s work to promote sustainable buildings, the California Best Buildings Challenge involves firms with a strong California presence committing to reduce building energy, water, and waste by 20 percent in two years. Participants thus far are Adobe, Genentech, Google, Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP, and Zynga. Collectively, they have committed 5 million sq ft of building space from their portfolios.

“The California Best Buildings Challenge is raising the bar in terms of what is expected in the realm of corporate sustainability," Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer, and founding chair of the USGBC, said. "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.”

The USGBC and USGBC-NCC launched the California Best Buildings Challenge as a 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America commitment to action and are encouraging other companies to sign on.

For more information and to join the Challenge, click here.