Every organization makes decisions that affect the environment. From everyday purchases to long-range planning decisions, these choices can build an organizationís reputation as an environmental leader. When the choice involves energy efficiency, the environmental option can also be the best financial decision. EPAís ENERGY STAR offers a suite of Internet-based training sessions at no cost that show how to incorporate energy efficiency into an organizationís planning process. Whether a local government is establishing procurement specs, a school district is designing new buildings, or a college is looking to finance new HVAC equipment, ENERGY STAR offers solutions. Participants in these live sessions exchange ideas on a toll-free conference call while logged into a presentation on the Internet. They interact with experienced energy or financial consultants during a 30 to 60 minute session. Full descriptions of each presentation, online registration and the schedule for November-December are available at: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_internet_presentations.
Beginning next week, ENERGY STAR is unveiling the first Overview Internet presentation exclusively for colleges and universities. However this broad overview covers areas that you may not be familiar with, and it is the perfect introduction for staff from various departments in your school (not just facilities or energy). Learn how your administrative, finance, purchasing, IT, and housing departments can work with ENERGY STAR to not only reduce your utility bills, but also protect the environment for future generations. During this 45-minute informative session you will learn about the strategy, products, services, and tools that you can use to integrate ENERGY STAR into your campus-wide energy efficiency plans.
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