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April 1, 1998

Honorable George V. Voinovich
Governor of Ohio
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Governor Voinovich:

On behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), I would like to personally invite the State of Ohio to become a partner of the USEPA’s Energy Star® Buildings initiative. In so doing, Ohio would be joining many other States and organizations throughout the country which are realizing financial and environmental benefits through their voluntary partnership in Energy Star Buildings.

As a Green Lights® partner, Ohio has been a leader, demonstrating air quality improvements can be achieved at a cost-savings. Thus far, the State of Ohio has saved $526,400 in annual energy cost savings and prevented over 14 million pounds of CO2, 64,000 pounds of NOX, and 190,000 pounds of SO2 equating to removing 1,500 cars from the road or planting 2,000 acres of trees.

The USEPA’s Energy Star Buildings expands upon the Green Lights program allowing partners to achieve maximum energy savings through comprehensive efficiency upgrades at a profit. Through partnership in Energy Star Buildings, the State of Ohio would further enhance its current forward-thinking energy management efforts, which would result in additional cost savings for the State, as well as additional pollution prevention.

The USEPA offers numerous services to its Energy Star Buildings partners, including: software to support decision-making; financing options; unbiased technical information; educational and technical workshops customized for the State; case studies documenting monitored savings; networking opportunities; a toll-free Hotline; and opportunities for public recognition. As with the Green Lights program, a personal account manager will be available to answer questions and to offer advice throughout the improvement process. My staff will also be available to provide assistance.

I commend the State of Ohio for its efforts under the Green Lights program. Enclosed, please find the Energy Star Buildings Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines the principles behind the Energy Star Buildings partnership.

As Earth Day is just around the corner, joining the Energy Star Buildings partnership is an excellent way to continue Ohio’s environmental leadership.

If you have any questions, or would like to further discuss the benefits of having the State of Ohio become an Energy Star Buildings partner, please do not hesitate to contact me or
Julie Magee, of my staff, at (312) 886-6063.

Sincerely yours,


David A. Ullrich, Acting
Regional Administrator


cc: Donald Schregardus, Director
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Sandra Drabik, Director
Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Jeffrey Westhoven, Deputy Director
Energy Services
Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Sara Ward, Chief
Office of Energy Efficiency
Ohio Department of Development

For further information, contact:
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