TOLEDO, OH — This month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 20-page retrospective to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the first ENERGY STAR label awarded to a building. The retrospective, titled Celebrating a Decade of ENERGY STAR Buildings: 1999-2009, includes a brief history of the program and highlights four dozen of the nearly 9,000 buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR label this decade. The Verizon Wireless Communications Store, located on West Central Avenue in Toledo, is named in the retrospective, representing several Verizon Wireless stores, which are credited with being the first wireless stores to receive the award.
"We're pleased to be part of EPA history," said Roger Tang, presidentOhio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. "Not only have our efforts helped the environment and our bottom line, they've set an example to show other organizations in our country what is possible with help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program."
Other buildings mentioned in the retrospective include:
- The oldest building to earn the ENERGY STAR: Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts;
- The tallest building to earn the ENERGY STAR: Aon Center in Chicago, Illinois;
- The largest building to earn the ENERGY STAR: USAA McDermott Building in San Antonio, Texas;
- The first building to earn the ENERGY STAR: Ridgehaven Green Building in San Diego, California.
The ENERGY STAR is available for 13 types of commercial buildings, including retail stores, hotels, schools, supermarkets and more. ENERGY STAR labeled buildings typically use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than average buildings.
Since 1999, ENERGY STAR partners in the commercial marketplace have helped prevent nearly 120 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of more than 60 million American homes.
To download the full retrospective, see ENERGY STAR labeled buildings on a map, or learn more about the ENERGY STAR buildings program, visit www.energystar.gov/decade.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.