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More Than 175 Buildings in New England Receive ENERGY STAR Designation

Release Date: 02/13/2008
Contact Information: : Leah Bowe (617) 918-1633

(Boston, Mass. – February 13, 2008) Today, EPA is recognizing the top performing buildings in New England that have earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR label for superior energy performance. These award-winning buildings represent over 38 million square feet, save an estimated $52 million annually in reduced energy bills, and prevent over 400 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the annual emissions of approximately 1 million vehicles.

“Across New England, businesses and organizations are stepping forward to brighten our nation’s future by making smart decisions that are good for the environment and good for the bottom line,” said Robert Varney, regional administrator for EPA’s New England office. These facilities have shown innovation, good management and a commitment to leading the way with a new generation of environmentally-preferable building management practices.”

America’s desire for environmentally friendly buildings is growing, and superior energy efficiency — identified by the ENERGY STAR — is a critical element of green building. Buildings that earn the Energy Star are the top performers for energy efficiency nationwide. In fact, buildings that earn the Energy Star use nearly 40 percent less energy than average buildings and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide. In 2007 alone, more than 60 buildings in New England were awarded ENERGY STAR labels. These buildings include private and government office buildings, hotels, K-12 schools, and even college residence halls and town halls.

The Old Saybrook Inn & Spa is the only hotel in Connecticut to earn the ENERGY STAR label in 2007. “We view our operation of our Inn as a stewardship,” said Stephen Tagliatel, part-owner of Saybrook Inn & Spa. “When at all practical, we look to preserve our location and to do our part in protecting and rescuing our environment. We have been conscious of the need to conserve since my family purchased the property in 1980.”

In Brunswick, Vermont, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s administration and visitor facility is the newest in that state to earn recognition. "We are delighted that the new Nulhegan Division national wildlife refuge administration and visitor facility is the first within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to receive ENERGY STAR designation,” said Wendi Weber, deputy regional director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “In the last decade, we have built eight new energy-efficient facilities at our field stations in the Northeast region to meet national environmental design standards. We strive to make our buildings as environmentally sensitive as possible as part of the Service's mission to conserve natural resources."

Commercial buildings account for almost 18 percent of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. To qualify for the Energy Star, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25 percent using EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System, which calculates scores based on actual energy use. With interest in energy efficiency growing, ENERGY STAR offers easy-to-use tools and guidelines that can help building owners and managers in the United States realize significant energy and dollar savings.

“We are honored our energy management results are being recognized by ENERGY STAR, the benchmark of energy conservation,” said Peter DeLuca, managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Management Group. “With over 100 properties under management in Greater Boston, Jones Lang LaSalle has risen to the challenge to make a measurable impact in energy conservation. Working with our national Energy and Sustainability Group, we continue to explore, test and implement new energy conserving technologies which create value for our clients by reducing costs and minimizing the facilities’ impact on the environment.”

Across New England, more than 4,000 buildings have used ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager tools to assess their energy performance and improve energy performance. These figures include nearly 1,000 office buildings and nearly 900 K-12 schools, as well as approximately 750 grocery stores, 650 retail stores, 200 college dormitories and 200 hotels.

EPA started the Energy Star program in 1992. Now a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR is a voluntary partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. In 2006, Americans, through the ENERGY STAR program, saved $14 billion on energy bills and reduced 37 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent of taking 25 million vehicles off the road for one year.

For a complete list of buildings by state, click on the state’s name: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

For more information on Energy Star, go to: www.energystar.gov

To view profiles prepared by the operators of ENERGY STAR labeled buildings in New England, go to: http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/energy/es-labeled-buildings.html
Profiles include:

CT
Building 100, Southington, CT
Merritt Seven Venture LLC (Buildings 201, 301, 401), Norwalk, CT
One State Street, Hartford, CT
Phoenix Life Insurance Company, Hartford, CT
Rowland State Government Center, Waterbury, CT
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Old Saybrook, CT
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
State House Square, Hartford, CT
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT


MA
110, 112, & 114 Westboro Executive Park, Westboro, MA
111 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
125 Cambridge Park, Cambridge, MA
2 Canal Park, Cambridge, MA
260 Franklin Street, Boston, MA
50 Milk Street LLC, Boston, MA
501 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
695 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA
73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
99 High Street, Boston, MA
Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge, MA
Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport, Revere, MA
DoubleTree Guest Suites, Boston, MA
DoubleTree Hotel Downtown, Boston, MA
Five Hundred Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Jurys Boston, Boston, MA
Non Profit Center, Lincoln Plaza, Boston, MA
One Beacon Street, Boston, MA
One Financial Center, Boston, MA
RREEF America REIT II Corp PPP, Cambridge, MA
Springfield Federal Building, Springfield, MA
The Lenox Hotel, Boston, MA
Tufts Health Plan, Watertown, MA
Two Twenty Two Berkeley, Boston, MA

VT
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Administration Building, Brunswick, VT