Sustainable Programs

There are a number of national programs working toward building a sustainable future by testing products and appliances and examining building construction. Here are two of the most well-known and respected:

Energy Star

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy aimed at helping citizens save money and protect the environment by promoting the usage of energy efficient products and practices. Fifty different product types are currently available that have been Energy Star certified. These include small appliances, electronics, lighting, heating and cooling, as well as commercial food service equipment. Energy Star’s vision also includes examining household and industrial construction. For more information on designated Energy Star products.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Designed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED provides the tools needed to create buildings with higher levels of economic and environmental performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. For more information on LEED and on its certification program.