Ways to Save: Sustainability Resources

October 25, 2023 | By: CRE Insight Journal

Sustainability and efficiency are a major driver in commercial real estate. Tenants look towards greener buildings and ask owners how they are impacting the environment. Owners look towards managers and operators on how to more efficiently use energy and water to save money. Sustainability and efficiency are driving forces in CRE, and numerous resources exist to help industry insiders save.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and ENERGY STAR® have released resources showing how buildings can save resources, time, and money. These resources are all free and available online. There are myriad ways to save, here are a few resources to help.

Environmental Protection Agency

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government. The EPA began its work on Dec. 2nd, 1970 under President Nixon.

The EPA employs scientists, engineers, legal experts, public affairs specialists, environmental protection experts, and more. Through the efforts and research of these professionals, the EPA regularly releases resources to assist in sustainability and environmental protection. Here are a few of these resources:

Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is a federal cabinet-level department which manages the United States’ energy conservation, energy-related research, domestic energy production, nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production, and radioactive waste disposal. The DOE was formed through The Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977 on Aug. 4, 1977, under President Carter.

The original goal of the DOE was to promote energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources, and the DOE releases resources in a number of energy related fields. Below you will find a few of their resources:


ENERGY STAR® is a program to certify energy efficiency backed by the United States Government. This incredibly important and effective program came about in 1992 when it was established under President Clinton. The EPA manages the ENERGY STAR® program, while the DOE manages Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®  and provides technical support. ENERGY STAR® regularly publishes resources, webinars, and research. A selection of these resources can be found below:

For further resources, please check this State-by-State Resource Locator. This resource locator is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and is funded by the EPA. These resources cover a wide range of topics, from asbestos and other hazardous waste to green buildings and lead paint abatements. These resources provided by the EPA, DOE, and ENERGY STAR®  are a great way to learn more about United States energy programs, as well as the many ways you can save.

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