Energy Star’s Battle of the Buildings!

Teams from 245 buildings across the nation are in a head-to-head battle to see who can reduce their energy the most. From this field, a small group of top-performing finalists will compete to be the country’s top energy saver–and winner of the 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Among those competitors are dozens of state and local entrants, including courthouses, town halls, schools, LIBRARIES , and community centers. How will Colorado’s Dillon Town Hall measure up against Indiana’s Kokomo High School? Will Bradenton, Florida’s Manatee County Historical Courthouse reduce its energy use more than the Hawaii State Capitol Building? Visit http://www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings to learn more and to cheer all the state and local government participants.

2010 Winner was Morrison Hall, UNC at Chapel Hill came out on top by cutting its energy use by 36% in just one year!

Spread the Word at Work

From EPA’s Energy Star website Spread the Word at Work offers download tip cards and posters to share with co-workers, distribute at events, and hang in your employee break room such as Bring Your Green to Work Poster and Bring Your Green to Work Tip Card.  The also offer a Green Team Checklist and guides on how to improve energy efficiency for  Employees, Executives, Building Managers, or Small Businesses.  Also use this search to check out which hotels, schools, offices and other buildings use 35% less energy than others in your area.

NPR: How Green Is it?

If you missed NPR’s All Things Considered in August you can still read and listen to the program on their Web site. They did a series on what  Americans are doing and buying to help the environment and analyzed how green these things really are. The series included:  green cars, bring your own bags, green electricity, replacement window, energy star and bamboo.