Comments Sought on Energy Star Program
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments by Sept. 21 on a proposal to renew an existing information collection concerning the Energy Star program in the commercial and industrial sectors. The EPA created Energy Star as a voluntary program to help businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. The program focuses on reducing utility-generated emissions by reducing the demand for energy.
In 1991, the EPA launched the Green Lights program to encourage corporations, state and local governments, colleges and universities, and other organizations to adopt energy-efficient lighting as a profitable means of preventing pollution and improving lighting quality. Since then, the EPA has rolled Green Lights into Energy Star and expanded Energy Star to encompass organization-wide energy performance improvement such as building technology upgrades, product purchasing initiatives and employee training. At the same time, the EPA has streamlined the reporting requirements of Energy Star and focused on providing incentives for improvements. The EPA also makes tools and other resources available on the web to help the public overcome the barriers to evaluating their energy performance and investing in profitable improvements.