ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy, saving money and protecting the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and business save $360 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 billion metric tons since 1992.
Join the millions making a difference at www.energystar.gov.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:00 pm EDT
Every other Wednesday at noon, we hold Portfolio Manager “Ask the Expert.” It’s a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join us, and we’ll answer all your questions about ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in this public forum.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 3:00 pm EDT
This July, ENERGY STAR is launching a new campaign for higher education: ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative. The campaign seeks to provide a new way for colleges and universities to understand how their campus building energy performance stacks up against that of peer institutions, based on key institutional characteristics. The hope is that this information will spark dialogue and action on energy efficiency.
Join this session to learn more about the opportunity and how your institution can participate.
For the first round of analysis, EPA will publish a request for 2019 energy use and building floor area data. Participants will submit that information to EPA through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® during July and August and complete a brief supplemental questionnaire to provide data for the key institutional characteristics mentioned above. In late 2020, after EPA has analyzed the data, institutions will receive a scorecard that shows the overall results and how their performance compares to peer institutions. The level of effort to participate should be modest, including for institutions new to Portfolio Manager. Participant data will be kept anonymous.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 3:00 pm EDT
Outdoor water use peaks during the summer, raising water bills and straining water supplies. Learn how to design and maintain attractive, healthy landscapes while minimizing irrigation and water losses during the dry summer months and throughout the year. Our featured speaker from Banyan Water will highlight their case study implementing their Irrigation Insight software on the HP campus to monitor water usage from city and reclaimed water sources daily to maximize available recycled water and minimize domestic water costs.
Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:30 pm EDT
The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges for conducting energy treasure hunts that usually involve teams of people roaming around a facility. But despite social-distancing and other safety requirements, some companies are developing ways to conduct treasure hunts using remote & virtual techniques and modifying how hunts are done on site. This session will examine strategies for conducting treasure hunts during Covid-19 and feature speakers from companies who have adapted their treasure hunts for the current times.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Thursday, September 10, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
On-site battery storage systems are becoming a viable option to help commercial buildings manage demand for grid supplied electricity. Join us to hear how two ENERGY STAR partners have implemented battery storage projects at their buildings.
Hines will discuss their battery-storage system which they piloted at a property in California to help efficiently regulate the energy flow from the grid, avoiding peak rates. Using a financing plan that eliminates upfront costs, they were able to install a 100-kilowatt-hour system, which uses advanced software and data analysis. To date, the system has provided cost savings to the property and the software interface has provided additional tools for their engineering team to further optimize the building’s energy efficiency. Additionally, Kilroy will discuss how they’ve implemented 9 battery storage system projects with a total capacity of 4.6 MW.
Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC) has installed 9 battery storage projects, which total 4.3 MW in capacity. KRC installed the batteries to ease strain on the grid as California moves to an all-renewable electric energy portfolio, as well as increase Net Operating Income at their buildings.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
While benchmarking is an important step towards reaching your energy efficiency and sustainability goals, it’s just the beginning! This webinar will show you how EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool can be used to establish and track energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals across the buildings in your portfolio.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
Join us for a look at some of the common errors and pitfalls to avoid when benchmarking your buildings in Portfolio Manager. We’ll be joined by some industry professionals who will be sharing stories and tips based on their years of experience in the field. Being aware of these potential errors (and learning how to avoid them) will help you benchmark your buildings accurately and efficiently. If you’re planning to apply for ENERGY STAR certification, avoiding these errors will also make your application review and approval process smoother and faster.
Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:00 pm EDT
Commercial buildings are implementing a variety of innovative technologies as part of their energy management plans. Join us to hear about the experiences from two ENERGY STAR partners. Vornado will share how they have piloted technologies such as induction unit valves. Yardi will discuss how they have achieved cost savings and maximized performance using artificial intelligence (AI) to manage sophisticated building controls.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 2:00 pm EST
Communicating your energy plans and achievements both internally to employees and externally to the public can be informative, motivational, and fun. Join us to hear how and why three ENERGY STAR industrial partners implemented creative communications plans. CalPortland will share how they’ve implemented a variety of effective forms of communication, including training videos about their energy management plan, plant tours, an ENERGY STAR Showcase, K-12 school outreach, community fairs, advertising at a rodeo, sponsoring a crash derby car, and more. Celanese will discuss Energy Sparks, an energy training tool developed for communication to sites to motivate discussions and their Energy Small Bites program which they developed to promote Earth Day and energy awareness. Raytheon Company will share their employee engagement videos, Virgin Pulse “Save Energy” Challenge, and monthly energy outreach to inspire employee action on energy and water conservation.
Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:00 pm EST
Replacing lighting with efficient LEDs continues to result in substantial savings for commercial buildings. Join us to hear from three ENERGY STAR partners who have installed LED lighting and realized savings. Bimbo Bakeries will discuss their journey towards installing LED lighting in 80% of their bakeries, with LED lighting installations planned for the remainder of the bakeries by 2020. The savings from lighting alone account for at least 15% of their electrical consumption. Food Lion will share how they completed a rollout of LED sales floor lighting by upgrading 163 stores. The savings from the 2019 installs is over 40.6 billion BTUs. Ozinga Bros, Inc will discuss the lighting retrofits of five maintenance shops with LEDs. The combined projects will save $5,500 per year, and they were able to receive nearly $4,000 in utility rebates. In addition to better energy efficiency, the new lights make their shops brighter and safer.
IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY 10% AT A TIME
The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry is a global call-to-action for industrial sites to reduce their energy intensity by 10 percent within 5 years. Any industrial site can participate, and those that achieve this goal will earn EPA recognition.
Learn more about eligibility, participation, and recognition.
After several successful years hosting the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, EPA is encouraging organizations like yours to build your own competition to save energy, water, or waste. Competitions can be a great way to motivate your team to find new efficiencies, engage occupants in your efforts, and multiply savings across your portfolio – all while helping the environment.
Competitions can help you:
Any organization, public or private, can build an efficiency competition, including trade associations, commercial businesses, manufacturing plants, utility companies, local and state governments, schools, congregations... and the list goes on! As long as you have more than one building in your portfolio or can recruit more than one building to participate, you can build a competition.
Help celebrate ENERGY STAR Day by taking the ENERGY STAR Pledge, a commitment to save energy and protect the environment from climate change, and get highlighted on our website for your support of the program and its goal of educating consumers about preventing climate change. Use these free communications resources to help you promote your participation and encourage others to join. If you’re hosting energy efficiency-focused events in October – Energy Awareness Month – we also invite you to put your event on the ENERGY STARs Across America map and let us showcase your efforts through the month of October to the thousands of visitors to our website. Are you ready to change the world with ENERGY STAR?
On Friday, July 24, 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese met in Chicago to discuss climate change, the Pope’s recent environmental encyclical, and EPA’s pending Clean Power Plan. Administrator McCarthy and Archbishop Cupich also discussed the Archdiocese of Chicago’s partnership with ENERGY STAR® and efforts to improve sustainability and energy efficiency.
In an article published in the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy and Cupich wrote, “With this step, the Archdiocese of Chicago became the first U.S. archdiocese to commit to benchmarking and tracking its energy, water, and emissions performance. We are already seeing the results in energy savings and carbon footprint impact as creation care is promoted in communities across Lake and Cook counties. The hope is that congregations across the nation will be encouraged to join this effort to promote environmentally important behavior by way of education and education through action.”
Is your building among the most energy efficient in the nation? Consider applying for the ENERGY STAR! ENERGY STAR certified buildings use, on average, 35 percent less energy than similar buildings nationwide. So whether you’re interested in simply lowering your operating costs or establishing your organization as an environmental leader, you’ll find that there’s a lot of value in the ENERGY STAR.
This year you’ll have until November 16 to submit your application for 2015 certification.
EPA released new features to its ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool on August 3, including the ability for users to create reports that include more than two time periods. Checks of data quality have also been expanded to help users more easily identify and correct the underlying data issues that result in “Not Available” alerts within annual energy performance metrics. In addition, properties may be reassigned to different weather stations based on updates to the reference weather station dataset.
As part of this update, EPA also released enhancements to the Portfolio Manager data exchange web services tools. The highest impact updates include the ability for service providers that exchange data with Portfolio Manager to associate a single meter to a property, and a new capability to identify the reasons why a property is not receiving an ENERGY STAR score.
It all started with a friendly taunt. “What’s a buckeye, anyway?” asked Texas. Ohio’s response: “The nut is poisonous and was used...to stun or kill fish in still water.” The Texas Association for Healthcare Facilities Management and the Ohio Hospital Association put their game faces on and the first state-versus-state energy competition was born. More than 150 hospitals will be competing in 2015 to reduce the most energy as measured by EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Other state rivalries are rumored to be heating up! For information on how to start your own competition, see Battle of the Buildings. Visit www.tahfm.org for periodic updates on the OH/TX competition.
On July 15, EPA’s Matthew Dalbey, Director of the Office of Sustainable Communities, joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and other city leaders to honor the winners of the Project Skyline Mayor’s Challenge 2015 Awards. Launched in May 2014, the multi-year competition challenges building owners across Salt Lake City to reduce citywide building energy use by 15 percent by 2020 and proactively meet—and exceed—the air quality and energy saving targets of the Mayor’s Sustainable Salt Lake – Plan 2015.
Participants in the Mayor’s Skyline Challenge are benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to evaluate their buildings’ energy use, set energy savings goals, and conduct energy saving improvement projects, putting the ENERGY STAR approach to strategic energy management into practice.
The Project Skyline Mayor’s Challenge is part of a broader effort to improve building efficiency in the city. In 2014, Salt Lake City was selected as a member of the City Energy Project, a national, 10-city initiative to cut energy waste in large buildings. In February of this year, the Mayor issued an Executive Order as part of the City’s Project Skyline directing department leaders to benchmark all city-owned facilities in Portfolio Manager, make benchmarking results transparent to the public, and develop annual energy management plans.
Learn more about Salt Lake City’s Project Skyline at www.slcgov.com/projectskyline.
In July, EPA put out its first ever ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers list, which recognized 13 companies that each certified more than 150 facilities last year. At the top of the list was service and product provider (SPP) partner Cenergistic, which helped its customers achieve ENERGY STAR certification for a whopping 490 school buildings in 2014! You can see who else made the cut by checking out the full Top Certifiers list.
If you are interested in making improvements and achieving ENERGY STAR certification for your facilities, consider working with an ENERGY STAR SPP partner. An ENERGY STAR SPP partner can help you reduce energy costs and operating expenses and establish your organization as an environmental leader, while enhancing your employees’ productivity and job satisfaction. You can find a list of SPP partners here.
For more information on how to achieve ENERGY STAR certification to highlight stellar management, please visit www.energystar.gov.
The ENERGY STAR Snapshot is an annual report that provides an at-a-glance summary of the latest national ENERGY STAR metrics to help our partners see the impact of their efforts. Specifically, the Snapshot summarizes national, state, and local trends in energy and water benchmarking of commercial and industrial properties. It also provides information about ENERGY STAR certified commercial and industrial properties, and commercial building designs. Through 2014, more than 400,000 commercial buildings have been benchmarked in Portfolio Manager, and more than 25,000 buildings have been ENERGY STAR certified. Learn more about the benchmarked and certified buildings in your city and state by downloading this report.
In June, St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colo., achieved its second consecutive ENERGY STAR certification. How did they do it? Key to the hospital’s success was the formation of an energy optimization team in 2012, comprised of St. Anthony’s facility operators and managers as well as professionals from design, commissioning, and controls and construction firms. In 2013, the team implemented a number of measures which will reduce their energy use by an estimated 8 percent and save $84,000 annually.
Energy savings measures implemented in 2013 include the following:
Did you know? The winner of EPA’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge reduced energy use by 25 percent in just one year! Read their story and others in the 2014 wrap-up report.
For the sixth consecutive year, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program is hosting the National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings to help school districts and organizations improve the energy and water efficiency of their buildings, save money, and protect the environment.
Improving energy efficiency in buildings is the single most effective way to eliminate energy waste. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $190 billion per year. On average, 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Most of the energy used in the buildings where we work, play, and learn comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to climate change. The less energy we use, the fewer greenhouse gases we produce.
In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, participants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are battling it out to see who can reduce their energy and water use the most. More than 125 teams and more than 6,500 individual competitors are measuring and tracking their building’s monthly energy and water consumption using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, EPA’s online measurement and tracking tool. Many will work toward earning ENERGY STAR certification, the symbol of superior energy efficiency.
EPA will recognize the overall Top Teams and Top Buildings, determined by the percentage-based reduction in energy or water use achieved between 2014 and 2015. EPA will also recognize Top Buildings by building category using the same metrics, as well as all individual and team competitors who reduce energy or water use by 20 percent or more between 2014 and 2015.
Previous competitions provided a valuable platform for organizations to test innovative approaches and technologies that can be expanded to entire building portfolios. Today, the results of previous competitions serve as a source of best practices, lessons learned, and public energy performance data that can help inform the commercial building market. Achievements of past competitors are summarized in wrap-up reports on the competition website.
EPA maintains a competition website featuring a list of competitors and their “weigh-in” results, as well as tips and links to EPA’s existing inventory of ENERGY STAR tools and resources.
May 2015, Washington, DC – Results from the National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® for 2014 are now available. Analysis of the data from the fifteenth annual Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) household survey shows the strength of the ENERGY STAR brand by measuring label recognition, understanding, and influence on purchasing decisions.
Consistent adherence to the brand tenets by EPA and DOE and long-term brand promotion by members of CEE and trade allies has paid off. In 2014, 89 percent of households recognized the ENERGY STAR label when it was shown to them. This constitutes an increase of 48 percent since CEE first conducted the survey in 2000.
“This year’s survey results show that the ENERGY STAR label continues to be strongly recognized and used by the majority of Americans,” observed Kira Ashby, Program Manager with Evaluation, Research and Behavior at CEE. “This research demonstrates the continued impact efficiency program administrators have in promoting the label, and CEE members are proud to support this report.”
K-12 schools in the United States spend more than $8 billion every year on energy costs alone. In fact, the energy used to light classrooms and hallways, power computer labs, and heat and cool school buildings costs more than textbooks and technology combined, and more than teachers’ collective salaries. Yet as much as 30 percent of energy consumed in schools is wasted! Read the reports...
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2015 list of top cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. For the first time since 2008, a city other than Los Angeles leads the rankings. Washington, D.C., debuted in the top spot with 480 ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2014. These and other cities across America are seeing the important role that their buildings can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“This list shows how America’s cities are leading the nation in cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate change,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial program. “By embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective pathway to reach their sustainability goals, these cities are demonstrating the tangible benefits that result from simple, cost-effective reductions in energy use.”
In most cities, commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions. Chicago, for example, estimates that the energy used by buildings accounts for 70 percent of the city’s carbon emissions. In New York City, that figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.
To date, more than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR. These buildings have saved more than $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.4 million homes.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. ENERGY STAR certified office buildings cost $0.50 cents less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings. Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.
More on the 2015 top cities: www.energystar.gov/topcities
More on ENERGY STAR certified buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist