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Fourteen Buildings Jump on EPA's Energy Scale and Compete to "Work off the Waste" in EPA's First-Ever National Building Competition

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the National Building Competition, a first-of-its-kind coast-to-coast competition among commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change. Competitors will "work off the waste" through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program.

Nearly 200 buildings applied to compete. In the end, 14 were selected, including schools, hotels, dormitories, stores, offices, museums, and other buildings. Competitors come from across the country, from mid-town Manhattan to the mountains of Colorado.

Participants will measure and track their building's monthly energy use using EPA's online energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager; make improvements to their building's energy performance; and share their progress. The building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity over the period of the competition will be recognized as the winner. The 14 contestants are well underway with their "slim down" and will have their first weigh-in on July 21, 2010.

Visit www.energystar.gov/buildingcontest for contestant photos and profiles, real-time updates from the contestants, ideas for how to get involved, tips for making your own facility more efficient, "Advice from the Experts" blog posts, and energy fitness advice from celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper.

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On the Hill/Around the Nation

NEMA Urges Inclusion of EDEE Act in TSCA Reform: On April 15, companion proposals were introduced in the Senate (S 3209, the Safe Chemicals Act) and the House (Toxic Chemicals Safety Act) to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. These proposals, which will strengthen the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to obtain information on and restrict the use of chemicals of concern, are being reviewed by stakeholders. NEMA President & CEO Evan Gaddis sent letters to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection urging inclusion of the electroindustry’s “Call to Action” legislation (HR 2420, the Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act), in broader TSCA reform, as such legislation advances. If your lawmakers serve on these committees, please visit NEMA’s “Take Action” website to urge inclusion of the EDEE Act in TSCA legislation. NEMA is actively engaging Congress on legislation to modernize TSCA and its impact to electrical manufacturers. NEMA is expressly advocating inclusion of provisions of the EDEE Act in broader TSCA legislation.

NEMA-Backed High Performance Building Bill Introduced: Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House and Senate that features NEMA-backed provisions to improve the operation, management, and commissioning of federal facilities, including energy management and electrical safety. HR 5112 was sponsored by Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Judy Biggert (R-IL) and S 3250 was sponsored by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME). Both bills require the General Services Administration, which oversees 500,000 federal facilities, to establish training programs for facility personnel based on industry recommendations, and to require facility personnel to undergo training, credentialing and certification. NEMA is leading efforts to promote energy-efficient technologies and high performance building design and operations.

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