ENERGY STAR Program
Take Steps to Reduce Energy Use by 10% Through the ENERGY STAR Program
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) and U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR program have developed a law office energy management program that many law offices can use to reduce their energy use by at least ten percent. The ABA Law Practice Management Section (LPM) is co-sponsoring this program.
ENERGY STAR is a joint EPA-DOE (Department of Energy) program that encourages energy conservation by improving the energy efficiency of a wide range of consumer and commercial products, enhancing energy efficiency in buildings, and promoting energy management planning for businesses and other organizations. A law office may enroll in this program and qualify for recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner by committing to implement an energy management strategy. A law office that participates in ENERGY STAR qualifies as a Law Office Climate Challenge Partner.
The ABA and ENERGY STAR encourage law offices to make good faith efforts to reduce by at least 10% their energy usage, if they own their building; or their electricity usage, if they are tenants. A law office that achieves the 10% amount of reduction will be recognized as a Law Office Climate Challenge Leader.
ENERGY STAR offers a number of energy saving methods that law offices can implement, although, because most law offices are tenants, the extent to which they can implement energy saving steps and benefit from them will depend on their lease. Even so, a tenant law office with limited control over its electricity payments and facilities can take steps such as such as turning off lights and equipment when not needed and upgrading to more energy-efficient computer equipment. Perhaps most importantly for a tenant law office, an energy management plan creates a basis to work with the building owner to improve energy efficiency and pass the savings to the law office, or to more fully consider energy efficiency goals if circumstances point towards the need for different office space.