By Elliott Levy
At Berkeley Rep, we're always looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. You've seen our recycling and compost bins, we turn the lights on in our admin offices only when necessary, our shops always think about how to reuse and recycle materials -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
We've been particpating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star™ energy-benchmarking service. Participation in Energy Benchmarking allows us to view our facilities' energy consumption compared to facilities similar in size, usage, and climate across the nation. This information enables us to identify areas where we can conserve and how to do so most effectively. Of our applicable facilities, we have achieved an organization-wide rating of 91 on a scale of 100, with 50 being the national average. This outstanding rating has qualified our facilities for Energy Star™ Certification.
Last month our efforts were recognized when the city of Berkeley gave us certificates of Energy Efficiency Excellence signed by Mayor Tom Bates and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, for "helping Berkeley meet its ambitious Climate Action Plan goals." We're thrilled with the awards, but we'll always continue to look for new and more ways to be energy efficient!