Ways to Save: Sustainability Resources

October 25, 2021 | By: Owen Kavanagh

Sustainability is an important and tangible concern for everyone involved in buildings, from the owners and staff down to the tenants themselves. 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 efforts. Below are a few of these resources: 

  • EPA Guidance Documents, this page provides a hub for all EPA guidance documents, from policy statements, bulletins, advisories, interpretive memoranda, and manuals. 

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 Sources | Department of Energy, this resource hub can help explain different forms of energy as well as the way that energy is stored and distributed. 
  • Better Buildings Solution Center, the Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) Solution Center is an excellent showcase focusing on proven solutions for energy and water efficiency in buildings.   
  • 2021 BBI Progress Report, the BBI releases progress reports each year detailing the leadership, innovation, and solutions demonstrated by the 950+ Better Buildings partners. 
  • Building Technologies Office, the DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) works to encourage the use of cost-effective technologies, techniques, tools, and services. This page gives access to their resources and upcoming events.  



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: 

  • COVID-19 Specific Resources: 

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. 

See the entire library of ENERGY STAR® videos and articles in our 2021 ENERGY STAR® Content Guide.


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