The Orange County Environmental Protection Division in central Florida serves a community with more than 1 million residents and thousands of businesses. Orange County Environmental Protection Division is being recognized for successfully leveraging the ENERGY STAR brand to help homeowners and building owners achieve greater energy performance, while simultaneously engaging local leaders to promote energy efficiency throughout the Central Florida region. Key accomplishments include:
· Forming the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA), a diverse group of stakeholders--including professional and trade organizations, local governments, academia, and utilities--that are committed to the implementation of environmentally and socially responsible energy and building management practices.
· Launching the Central Florida Kilowatt Crackdown Challenge, which encourages businesses to track energy use in Portfolio Manager and improve energy efficiency by 10 percent annually for three years. Since 2009 more than 1,670 buildings have registered to participate.
· Launching Orange County Home Owner's Energy Efficiency Program (OCHEEP!), an educational outreach program that helps homeowners find opportunities to save energy and money, raises awareness throughout its neighborhoods, promotes the ENERGY STAR Pledge to encourage energy use behavior changes, and provides access to rebate incentives.