Columbia Association (CA) has opted to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Program. Participation in this program is a component of CA’s efforts to improve its energy efficiency through a strategic energy management and sustainability program that will enhance the organization’s financial health and help preserve the environment for future generations.
“Columbia Association is excited to become an ENERGY STAR Partner,” said CA President Phil Nelson. “Through this partnership, we will further advance our commitment to environmental stewardship and lower our energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of our building portfolio and engaging our community in this critical issue.”
As an organization dedicated to leadership in energy efficiency, CA will:
- Measure and track the energy performance of its facilities using tools such as those offered through ENERGY STAR;
- Develop and implement an energy management plan to achieve energy savings;
- Spread the word about the importance of energy efficiency to staff and community members;
- Support the ENERGY STAR Challenge, a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more; and
- Highlight its achievements with recognition offered through ENERGY STAR.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings, go to energystar.gov/buildings.