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EPA’s Energy Star Buildings Mark a Decade of Savings

Release Date: 12/09/2009
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

Plantation Baptist Church in Plantation, FL -- 1st House of Worship with the Energy Star Label

(ATLANTA – December 9, 2009) — Ten years ago, EPA unveiled a ground-breaking development in energy efficiency for the commercial marketplace – the first Energy Star building. To celebrate this important milestone, EPA is releasing the publication, Celebrating a Decade of Energy Star Buildings, which tells the history behind the Energy Star program and its development into a leading energy efficiency brand in the commercial marketplace. One of the buildings highlighted to demonstrate the diversity of types of Energy Star buildings is Plantation Baptist Church in Plantation, FL. In 1999, Plantation Baptist was the first house of worship to receive an ENERGY STAR plaque.

The Energy Star is available for 13 types of commercial buildings, including retail stores, hotels, schools, supermarkets and more. Nearly 9,000 buildings across the nation have earned the Energy Star for superior energy efficiency over the past decade and the numbers continue to climb daily. Energy Star buildings typically use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than average buildings.

Since 1999, Energy Star partners in the commercial marketplace have helped prevent nearly 120 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of more than 60 million American homes.

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