|[October 01, 2013]
Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council Introduces Facility Energy Benchmarking Toolkit
CINCINNATI --(Business Wire)--
The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (Green Business Council)
today released its Energy Benchmarking Toolkit, a guide to help small
and medium-sized businesses reduce energy expenses at their facilities
and improve environmental performance.
"Benchmarking a building's energy performance is the first step toward
improving its energy efficiency," said Scott Hassell, Sustainability
Program Manager, Fifth Third Bank. "When the diverse members of the
Green Business Council - which span banking, retail, manufacturing,
professional services and more - realized we were using the same
strategies, free software and regional resources to improve our
facilities, we decided to help the region's small and medium-size
businesses use the same tools to save money, become more competitive and
improve our regional environment."
The Energy Benchmarking Toolkit explains benchmarking and its benefits
and introduces the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY
STAR (News - Alert)® Portfolio Manager, a free web-based energy management tool that
helps track and assess energy and water consumption for facilities. By
identifying the relative energy performance of its buildings,
organizations can develop strategies and allocate resources to
under-performing buildings. The Toolkit also provides information about
local, state and federal incentives and rebtes that help organizations
implement energy efficiency projects, such as lighting retrofits or HVAC
The toolkit also explains that high performing facilities can qualify
for ENERGY STAR certification, earning the prestigious ENERGY STAR label
for their building. In 2012 the EPA ranked Cincinnati 13th among
U.S. cities for its number of ENERGY STAR-certified buildings, with 137
buildings totaling 21.1 million square feet of space.
"We would love to see Greater Cincinnati move up in the ranking of
cities with the most energy efficient buildings, turning the Queen City
into the Green City," said Chad Edwards, Principal, Emersion Design.
"Green Business Council members have found the free Portfolio Manager to
be an extremely effective tool for guiding energy efficiency efforts and
we are excited to share the Toolkit with other businesses," said Lisa
O'Brien, Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Affairs,
U.S. Bank. "Whether an organization's goal is to save money, drive
continuous improvement or get a building ENERGY STAR-certified, the
Toolkit is the place to start."
The Energy Benchmarking Toolkit joins the Green Business Council's
Workplace Composting Toolkit as resources to help Greater Cincinnati
businesses become more sustainable. To download the Green Business
Council's Toolkits, or for more information about the Green Business
Council, please visit; www.gcgbc.org.
About Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council
The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council was initiated by Cintas
Corporation in 2010 and is composed of some of the leading companies in
Greater Cincinnati. The Green Business Council aims to inspire the
business community to deliver a better social, economic and
environmental future by sharing best practices and collaborating to
drive and accelerate sustainable development in the region. The Green
Business Council is driving the Greater Cincinnati business community to
be the sustainability leader in America. More information on the Greater
Cincinnati Green Business Council can be found at www.gcgbc.org.
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