The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) has recognized Lincoln Property Company Southeast (Lincoln) for reaching a milestone achievement in sustainability. 55 Allen Plaza, a Class-A, 350,000-square-foot office tower in downtown Atlanta that is managed and leased by Lincoln, was one of just 20 Atlanta properties to complete its Atlanta BBC goal this year.
Atlanta BBC participants work to realize a 20 percent reduction in energy and water consumption in commercial properties by or before 2020. 55 Allen Plaza is among the first Atlanta BBC participants to achieve this goal, and the building did so within less than two years of the program’s launch. Lincoln was formally recognized in a ceremony held July 16 at Hudson Grille Midtown.
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 works in partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Mayor 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.
“Lincoln is deeply committed to the critical issue of sustainability and energy efficiency in all of the markets in which our properties are located,” said Tony Bartlett, senior vice president for Lincoln who oversees the Atlanta office. “We are thrilled at the chance to show real leadership in this area and are honored at this recognition from the Atlanta BBC.”
“We commend and congratulate Lincoln Property Company 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 Lincoln Property Company in its efforts to make our city a more sustainable place to live and conduct business,” said Denise Quarles, director of the 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.”