Building on the administration’s proposal to retrofit commercial buildings with energy efficient technologies, the Obama Administration unveiled June 30 a similar initiative, “Better Buildings Challenge,” that will solicit large-scale, green building commitments, and provide financing and technical assistance. This public-private partnership is the offspring of the administration’s “Better Buildings Initiative.” The “Better Buildings Challenge” seeks to help make commercial buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next decade, saving $40 billion annually in energy costs and creating114,000 jobs over two years. The “Better Buildings Challenge” received commitments from eleven corporations and three cities to retrofit millions of square feet of industry and government space with energy-efficient technologies. The cities include: Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In addition, the program has secured $575 million in financing for the proposed retrofits and has received commitments from companies for green technology retrofits.