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  • 15th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR® Certification for Buildings

    Did you know? 2014 is the 15th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR certification for buildings and plants. We're excited to celebrate with you, starting with new, special-edition recognition from EPA!

    Special recognition for 2014 certifications!

    To celebrate 15 years of certification, EPA is offering special one-time recognition to all partners who certify 5, 15, 50, or 150 buildings this year!

    If you achieve one of these milestones, your organization will be highlighted by EPA and receive a special recognition package.

    The deadline for 2014 certification applications has been extended to December 12 to give you additional time to take advantage of this opportunity.

    This special recognition opportunity is only available in 2014, so there's never been a better time to certify and join EPA in building a nation of certified buildings and plants – the ENERGY STAR Certification Nation.

    But there are other ways to get in on the fun, too! Learn more about Certification Nation and ways you can participate!

    A special webinar to kick off the fun!
    Join us for a special webinar to hear more about this celebration, and catch a glimpse of the recognition materials EPA is offering to partners who certify 5, 15, 50, or 150 buildings in 2014.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2014 at 2:00pm EST
    Register today!

    Looking back on 15 years...

    • More than 24,000 certified buildings and plants
    • More than 6,000 partners
    • More than $100 billion saved
    • More than 1 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions avoided!


  • Upcoming Training Opportunities with ENERGY STAR®

    To register for upcoming trainings, click the links below or visit esbuildings.webex.com. If you won't be able to attend, you can still view recorded trainings at this site (click "View Event Recordings" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen).

      Presenting the New ENERGY STAR 1-100 Score for Multifamily Properties
      Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 pm EDT
      Attendees will learn about new ENERGY STAR resources for multifamily property owners and operators, including details on the new score and how this offering aligns with other ENERGY STAR resources aimed at the multifamily residential community. EPA will also discuss plans for promoting the launch of the new score, including special recognition for the first multifamily properties to earn the ENERGY STAR certification.

      Celebrate the 15th Year of ENERGY STAR for Buildings – and get special recognition from EPA!
      Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:00 pm EDT
      Fifteen years ago, the very first building earned the ENERGY STAR certification – and now we're here to celebrate, with YOU! Learn about new special recognition that we’ll be giving out from now through the end of the year, and other ways that your organization can take advantage of this occasion!

      Portfolio Manager® 101
      Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:00 pm EDT
      Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

      Portfolio Manager® 201
      Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:00 pm EDT
      Continue to learn about EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

      How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR®
      Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:00 pm EDT
      Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

      Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple Steps to Finding Energy Savings
      Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:00 pm EDT
      The Energy Treasure Hunt is a dynamic, effective process for identifying savings opportunities, and is a best practice adopted by many ENERGY STAR partners to identify no- and low-cost savings opportunities, and build stronger energy teams. By focusing on energy savings, Energy Treasure Hunts support implementation of an energy management program and key components of EPA's ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Learn how others have used this tool to find savings, and learn how to run your own treasure hunt.

      The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®
      Thursday, October 9, 2014 2:00 pm EDT
      This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

      Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Data Centers and IT Energy
      Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:00 pm EDT
      Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014,

      Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR®
      Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 pm EDT
      Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

      Verifying the ENERGY STAR– Certification Application
      Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:00 pm EDT
      Do you verify commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR certification? This webinar, based on the ENERGY STAR Guide for Licensed Professionals, covers the role of the licensed professional, as well as requirements for verifying commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR certification.

      The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®
      Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:00 pm EDT
      This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

      Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager®
      Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:00 pm EDT
      Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

      ENERGY STAR® and Green Building Rating Systems
      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 2:00 pm EDT
      During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

      The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®
      Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:00 pm EDT
      This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more at energystar.gov/buildings


  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality – Self-Evaluation to Qualify as an Arizona Environmentally Healthy School

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is sponsoring a new recognition program to help promote and assist individual schools to become an Arizona Environmentally Healthy (AEH) school. This program recognizes policies and actions taken by schools to help ensure a healthy and safe learning and teaching environment. The checklist is to be used by school principals, or their designees, to certify to ADEQ that their schools have taken actions to safeguard their students, facility, and other personnel against environmental pollutants and other potential environmental risks.

    If your school can certify that it meets 14 of the following 22 criteria, it will be designated as an AEH school and receive an ADEQ certificate stating that your school is environmentally healthy.

    Download the self-evaluation form


  • New Tools Released to Support Sound School Siting

    Are you familiar with EPA's School Siting Guidelines? Do you want to know how to train decision-makers on how to use the School Siting Guidelines? Join the Georgia Conservancy, Mothers & Others for Clean Air, and EPA on June 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST at the EPA's Atlanta office for a special train the trainer workshop on how to effectively deliver the training program, Old School, New School, This Place, That Place – An Introduction to Utilizing the EPA School Siting Guidelines.

    Read the press release >


  • IAQ & Schools Videos

    "Taking Action," Video shows how one school successfully implemented the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit.

    "Ventilation Basics," explains the importance of good indoor air quality and shows how to operate and maintain school ventilation systems effectively.

    "Walkthrough: Four Schools Making a Difference," illustrates how to conduct a thorough school indoor air quality walkthrough. School personnel focus on environmental health issues directly linked to managing indoor air quality.

    For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.


  • Virtual School Walkthrough: Identifying and Responding to Common IAQ Problems Webinar Resources Now Available!

    The Virtual School Walkthrough: Identifying and Responding to Common IAQ Problems webinar was held on February 26, 2013, and provided participants with a comprehensive and effective process for identifying, diagnosing and solving common IAQ issues.

    A Question and Answer document from this webinar is now available on the IAQ Tools for Schools Webinar Resources page!

    Due to the large file size of this webinar's presentation slides, we will not be posting a PDF of the webinar slides online. However, you can watch a video of a school walkthrough on Northwest Clean Air Agency's website to gain access to the pictures and images that were used during the webinar.

    Want more information? Checkout EPA's online resources! Visit the IAQ Tools for Schools webinar archive to view the webinar follow-up materials from previous Virtual School Walkthrough webinars, including:


  • CEFPI/EPA Healthy Schools Environment Programs

    Healthy School Environments Across Texas
    April 23-24, 2012
    CEFPI/EPA Region 6 Program
    Garland, TX

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    Healthy School Environments Across the South
    February 23, 2012
    CEFPI/EPA Region 4 Program
    Athens, GA

    View presentations >>

    Effectively Implementing an IEQ Management Program
    May 12, 2011
    CEFPI/EPA Region 6 Program
    San Antonio, TX

    View presentations >>


  • US EPA Tools for Schools Program's Newest Resource

    US EPA IAQ Tools for Schools Program's newest resource, the IAQ and Student Performance Web site, offers the latest scientific evidence demonstrating the relationship of IAQ to key factors that influence student health and performance.


  • Make sure you have your Tools for Schools (TfS) Action Kit

    The IAQ TfS Action Kit shows schools how to carry out a practical plan to improve indoor air problems at little- or no-cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff. The Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies, and a sample IAQ management plan. The voluntary guidance can save schools time and money so that resources can be directed toward educating children. The IAQ TfS Action Kit is co-sponsored by the National Parent Teacher Association, National Education Association, Association of School Business Officials, American Federation of Teachers, and the American Lung Association. You can learn more about this at: www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html


  • Learn how to manage an IAQ program in your school district

    EPA's IAQ TfS Program is designed to provide schools with common sense, easy-to-follow, guidance for developing, implementing, and sustaining an IAQ management program. An effective IAQ management program addresses both short-term and long-term IAQ issues, and puts in place policies and standard procedures to prevent future IAQ concerns.


  • EPA's Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is a free software tool that helps school systems effectively manage environmental issues. Download this at: www.epa.gov/schools/


  • Seeking answers for key questions regarding high performance schools? Get them at: www.epa.gov/iaq/


    E-mail an EPA official regarding indoor air quality in schools:
    A concern regarding indoor air quality in your school? Need more information and resources from EPA? Click here.

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