The Issue: Established in 1992, under the George H.W. Bush Administration, ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program that is currently used by over 450,000 commercial buildings, representing over 40 billion square feet of property, to track and improve a building’s energy and water use. The program and its related tool, Portfolio Manager is engrained in today’s real estate business models and operational practices. While ENERGY STAR typically receives widespread bi-partisan support, President Trump has proposed eliminating the program in the FY18 budget.
BOMA’s Position: BOMA, a nine-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winner, strongly supports the ENERGY STAR buildings program. We urge Congress to maintain the program’s funding at its current levels in FY’18. ENERGY STAR is the pre-eminent program to foster high performance in U.S. buildings, help create jobs in the energy efficiency field, improve the nation’s energy security—and save money for families and businesses.
Specific Ask: As Congress moves forward with the appropriations process for FY18, BOMA asks that you to ensure that ENERGY STAR is fully funded.
- · EPA’s data shows that 85% of consumers recognize ENERGY STAR as a trustworthy brand. More than 7,400 partner organizations – including 57% of the Fortune 100® – participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
- · An estimated 2.2 million jobs are attributable to employment in the energy efficiency field. Manufacturing, construction, and retrofitting related to ENERGY STAR products and services account for a great majority of these jobs. The number of these jobs is growing as innovations rise related to energy efficient equipment and building technologies.
- · In 2015 alone, U.S. businesses cumulatively saved $3.4 billion on utility bills through the ENERGY STAR buildings program. Families and businesses have saved more than $430 billion dollars in utility bills since the program’s start.
For more information please contact:
John Bryant, Vice President of Advocacy, Codes & Standards, BOMA International, 202-326-6323, firstname.lastname@example.org