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Recently hundreds of leaders in energy efficiency convened in Washington, DC, to celebrate the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards. Prior to the main event, EPA held a partner meeting for commercial and industrial winners to highlight trends and innovations among this year’s awardees.

Below are six key takeaways from the lightning round portion of the meeting, “Ideas you can implement tomorrow.” Download the full slide set for details.


1. Host a treasure hunt for energy and water savings: Staples, Inc. employs a three-day treasure hunt to track down efficiency opportunities in its stores. By actively engaging employees, vendors, and maintenance staff and awarding their resource-saving ideas, the energy team is able to reap a 10-20% average reduction.


2. Use ENERGY STAR messaging. By using ENERGY STAR messaging to help convey its fiscal responsibility, Gresham-Barlow School District successfully passed a $291M bond measure – a measure that had failed previously.


3. Host a showcase event. CalPortland Company opened its doors to the public and hosted an open house event to showcase its energy-efficiency technology and equipment. The industrial showcase included a tour of the cement plant and a speech by the company’s CEO, and was a resounding success with the local community.


4. Engage tenants and employees with fun and creative resources. As part of its ForeverGreen tenant engagement program, Bentall Kennedy’s sustainability team developed movie-themed template materials for property managers to use in their tenant spaces. The packages included template posters, newsletters, emails, and ideas to promote seasonal tips for saving energy and improving sustainability.


5. “Chase the custodian” to optimize scheduling. Virginia Beach City Public Schools developed its “chase the custodian” program as a way to optimize energy savings at the end of the day. By adjusting its shutdown scheduling to follow the night custodial team cleaning, the district could shut down HVAC zones much earlier and gain considerable savings.


6. Consider no-cost verification. If you’re a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect, consider helping a local nonprofit organization by providing pro bono verification of their ENERGY STAR application. Through www.theoneplus.org, Goby Inc. was matched with Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, IL, and helped them earn ENERGY STAR certification, which they otherwise were unable to afford.


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