By Jeff Clayton, director of technical services, Carter
ATLANTA (March 21, 2011) – Carter’s property management and facilities team understands the importance of implementing environmental programs for clients. One successful program is helping buildings achieve the EPA’s Energy Star certification, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. In order to achieve the Energy Star label, a building must be in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
On March 14, the EPA published its third annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the greatest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned Energy Star certification in 2010. We were pleased to see Atlanta, home of Carter’s headquarters, ranks sixth. This is an improvement from 2008 and 2009 when Atlanta ranked ninth. Carter is proud to contribute to this ranking by managing 11 buildings in metro Atlanta with the Energy Star label. In 2010, Carter managed a total of 24 Energy Star properties nationwide totaling 6,561,4320-square feet. This has helped Carter make tremendous progress towards reaching the goal we announced in 2009 to reduce energy consumption on our properties by 30 percent by 2012. In December 2010, we had already achieved a 20.7 percent reduction in energy consumption.
According to the EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. As commercial property owners and managers, it is our responsibility to implement programs that help our facilities run more efficiently, save our clients money and reduce each building’s environmental impact. A recent EPA press release states Energy Star certified buildings have saved more than $1.9 billion in energy costs a year. In 2010, more than 6,200 buildings earned Energy Star. This is almost a 60 percent increase from 2009.
At Carter, we take the initiative to benchmark and evaluate our properties against industry best practices including Energy Star guidelines that identify cost savings and improved environmental benefits. We are focused on operating our buildings to run efficiently, thereby lessoning the impact on our environment and improving our planet for future generations.