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How Commercial Buildings Can Curb Emissions

commercial buildingsOffice buildings — which account for some 20 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions, according to Building Owners and Managers Association International — can curb their GHGs by implementing seven sustainability strategies, Buildings.com reports.

  1. Look into demand response and other energy efficiency incentive programs offered by your local utility company.
  2. Share your strategies with your business community via a chamber of commerce presentation.
  3. Benchmark your building’s energy and water consumption using the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. Encourage other building owners to do the same by making it a citywide competition.
  4. Support incentive-based energy legislation that makes retrofits and upgrades more affordable for business owners — or lobby for such legislation is none exists.
  5. Host a recycling event where tenants and the community at large can drop off used batteries, LED bulbs and the like.
  6. Institute a tenant energy awareness program and alert tenants to goals and tips on low- and no-cost efficiency strategies through your company newsletter and/or building announcements.
  7. Offer bicycle storage in your building because fewer cars means less GHGs.

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