No matter the size or type, organizations with successful energy programs have one thing in common: commitment. For this commitment to last, it’s important to do a few things from the start: get the support of senior leadership, form a dedicated energy team, and build management structures that empower staff to address energy efficiency issues directly.
You’ll be much more likely to achieve lasting results when energy efficiency is integrated as a core element of your organization’s business practices.
Follow these steps to commit to saving energy with help from ENERGY STAR.
When you join ENERGY STAR as a partner, you make a public commitment to managing energy use across your organization. You also join thousands of like-minded leaders that also understand the importance of improving energy performance. Leaders such as 35 percent of the Fortune 500®, half of the largest U.S. healthcare organizations, major league sports teams, colleges and universities, and entire cities.
Joining as an ENERGY STAR partner is an easy way to begin securing senior leadership commitment. The partnership letter also embodies the elements of an energy policy, meaning you’ll be setting the stage for lasting success.
As a partner, your organization agrees to:
- Measure, track, and benchmark energy performance
- Develop and implement a plan to improve energy performance
- Educate your staff and the public about your partnership and achievements with ENERGY STAR
There’s no cost to partner with EPA or use ENERGY STAR promotional materials. Once you’ve joined, you’ll be listed in the ENERGY STAR partner directory and have access to ENERGY STAR logos to help you spread the word about your commitment. And as you reach milestones and demonstrate results, EPA offers recognition opportunities to help you celebrate reaching your goals.
Joining is easy. Become an ENERGY STAR partner today.
Put together an energy team
Establishing an energy team is an important first step to embedding energy efficiency in your business operations. After all, buildings don’t use energy, people do. And the people in your company make decisions affecting energy use every day. By giving a diverse team ownership of energy management, you’ll improve buy-in from different parts of the organization, which will help you save even more.
The energy team is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the organizational energy management program. The team’s duties may also include delivering training, communicating results, and providing recognition.
Use the Teaming Up to Save Energy guide to establish an energy team
Download the Teaming Up to Save Energy guide to learn how to build an effective energy team. It gives plenty of examples from successful ENERGY STAR partners, guidance, and checklists to help you:
- Organize your energy team
- Start your energy program
- Build capacity
- Sustain the team
- Maintain momentum
Create an energy policy
A strong energy policy formalizes senior management’s support for energy efficiency. It also articulates your organization’s commitment to saving energy to employees, the community, and stakeholders.
Based on the experience of ENERGY STAR partners, an effective energy policy:
- States an objective. Your energy policy should have a clear, measurable objective that reflects your organization’s commitment, culture, and priorities.
- Establishes accountability. It should institute a chain-of-command, define roles, and provide the authority for staff to implement the energy management plan.
- Ensures continuous improvement. By including provisions for evaluating and updating the policy, you ensure your policy will reflect changing needs and priorities.
- Promotes goals. Lastly, it should provide a context for setting performance goals by linking energy goals to the overall financial and environmental goals of your organization.