Sample press release: Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR for owners

Feel free to copy and paste the text below onto your organization’s letterhead.

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[Organization and Project Name] Is Recognized with EPA’s Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR

(Date, City, State) [Organization] is pleased to announce that the [project name] commercial building design project has been recognized as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR projects meet strict energy efficiency design targets and are intended to create fewer greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy bills over the lifetime of the building.

"Our company is delighted to help raise the bar for superior energy efficiency in commercial building design across the country," said [Organizational Representative Name, Title]. "We appreciate the recognition from EPA and look forward to continued collaboration to support sustainable design."

Commercial new construction projects can be recognized with EPA’s Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR by achieving an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, which indicates the building is intended to perform among the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Once the building is occupied, owners can track its actual energy performance using EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and earn ENERGY STAR certification.

“EPA congratulates [organization name] for putting energy efficiency at the forefront of building design,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “With your help, EPA is continuing to grow the number of architects, owners, contractors and operators who consider energy-efficient design, products and practices throughout the life of a building.”


ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

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