SAHF Announces Partnership with EPA's ENERGY STAR Program
Washington, D.C. August 17, 2016. SAHF is pleased to announce that we have joined EPA’s ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR partner. SAHF, through its voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program, will work to improve energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing and fight climate change through strategic energy management. The partnership will further SAHF’s Big Reach initiative, in which SAHF and its eleven members have committed to reducing energy and water consumption across their portfolios 20% by 2020.
"SAHF is pleased to become an ENERGY STAR partner,” said Eileen Fitzgerald, President. "Through this partnership, we will demonstrate our commitment to the sustainability of our planet and our communities by building and operating energy and water efficient housing.”
In partnership with ENERGY STAR, SAHF will:
- Measure and track the energy performance of our member portfolios’ where possible by using tools such as those offered through ENERGY STAR;
- Develop and implement strategies consistent with the ENERGY STAR Energy Management Guidelines to achieve energy savings;
- Help spread the word about the importance of energy and water efficiency to our staff, residents and community; and
- Highlight our achievements with recognition offered through ENERGY STAR.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, ENERGY STAR partners are leading the way by making the buildings where we work, play and learn more efficient.”
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 types of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings: www.energystar.gov/building.
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