HOUSTON — The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program to challenge facility managers to reduce their energy usage by 15 percent, according to a press release.
According to the release, the IFMA Energy Challenge encourages facility managers to track their energy reduction progress through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
Alyssa Quarforth, program manager for ENERGY STAR, Commercial Properties, said: "EPA is very excited to work with IFMA as it rolls out its energy challenge. We applaud the association for calling on its members to achieve an aggressive energy reduction target and promoting the value of benchmarking as a key component of successful energy management. We have found that association-based initiatives such as IFMA''s can drive significant energy improvements across commercial buildings, while also promoting increased awareness of ENERGY STAR and the value of strategic energy management."
Information submitted by facilities will not be shared, but used to develop reports of important milestones and statistics in energy usage, the release noted.
As part of the challenge, facility managers are encouraged to download the free "Sustainability How-to Guide: EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager" and participate in the free "ENERGY STAR and the IFMA Challenge: Saving Energy in Your Facilities" webinar on March 25 and featuring representatives from the EPA and Facility Engineering Associates, the release stated.
By reducing energy usage, facilities managers can quality for tax incentives, utility company rebates and other savings; ENERGY STAR helped people in the United States save $19 billion on utility bills in 2008, the release added.