BEA Leadership Grants Accelerate City Actions

11 leadership grants serving 17 BEA cities are providing small, targeted support with outsized impact. The first leadership grant, a policy option assessment for Comayagua, Honduras, was completed in spring 2018. Since then, we have launched leadership grants for:

  • Santa Rosa, Philippines to work on green building code development
  • Nakuru and Nairobi Countries, Kenya for policy and project assessment
  • Kochi, India to conduct energy benchmarking
  • A cohort of 4 municipalities in metropolitan San Jose, Costa Rica to conduct a BEA kick-off event and policy and project assessment
  • A cohort of 3 municipalities in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa for green building guideline scoping and development
  • The State of Sonora, Mexico to implement private-sector Buildings Challenge

BEA Leadership Grants are also supporting scoping for national engagement in Colombia and Turkey as part of the Zero Carbon Buildings for All project. This outcome-specific support helps cities address a specific barrier to their building efficiency work plans, resulting in accelerated city progress.

SEforALL Partner Spotlight: Building Efficiency Accelerator

A city landscape with a prominent building at the center.

Photo by Storkholm Photography/Flickr.

Earlier this month, SEforALL highlighted the Building Efficiency Accelerator in its partner spotlight. The interview covers stories of success as well as some of the challenges faced by BEA member cities. The news piece also provides a glimpse into the kinds of support offered by the BEA, its collaboration with other Global Energy Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platforms, and the BEA’s next big step towards zero carbon buildings. Read the full article.

BEA Welcomes 13 New Jurisdictions, Reaching Over 50 Global Members

Map of BEA Member Jurisdictions

Two states and 11 cities joined the BEA during first 8 months of 2019. Among the new jurisdictions, there are 11 in Latin America, one in India and one in South Africa.

Over the past 8 months, 13 new subnational jurisdictions have joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), bringing the total cohort to over 50 jurisdictions. The majority of new members are in Latin America, with 3 located in Brazil alone. We look forward to working with the following new cities and states:

  • Betim, Brazil
  • Cali, Colombia
  • Curridabat, Costa Rica
  • Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Kochi, India
  • Monteria, Colombia
  • Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Recife, Brazil
  • San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Santa Ana, Costa Rica
  • uMhlathuze, South Africa
  • Yucatán, Mexico

We also welcome the expertise of our new organizational partner Rockwool. The BEA is actively recruiting new partners. Cities and other subnational jurisdictions interested in joining the BEA can email us directly at for more information.

BEA Welcomes New Technical Partners and Cities

Over the next 2 years, we look forward to working with 6 new subnational jurisdictions: Belén, Costa Rica; Campeche, Mexico; Comayagua, Honduras; Msunduzi Municipality, South Africa; Nagpur, India; and Shanghai Changning District, China. We also welcome the expertise of new global organizational partners Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, and Buildings 2030. The BEA is actively recruiting new partners. Cities interested in joining the BEA can email us directly at for more information.

BEA Revamps Technical Assistance

Over the next two years, technical assistance provided to cities will be more localized and driven by cities. Flickr/Thor Edvardsen

In the next 2 years, technical assistance provided to cities will be more focused, localized and city-driven. The BEA is packaging expertise and solutions for cities in a set of step-by-step resources, group webinars and trainings based on regional priority actions. Limited direct support is also available. Apply today or email Debbie Weyl for more information.

City of Bogotá Leads National-Subnational Alignment

The partnership between the city of Bogotá and Colombia demonstrates national-subnational success. Flickr/Peter Chovanec

As countries around the world ramp up ambition toward global climate and development goals, Bogotá’s experience demonstrates why countries should look to cities for “ground-truthing.” Read on The CityFix or see an interview in Spanish with World GBC’s Cristina Gamboa on the city’s green building successes and the future for Colombian sustainable construction.