For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Marna Schwartz, Office of Energy & Sustainable Development, (510) 981.7473

businesses who track energy will be recognized by the city

Berkeley, California (Thursday, January 09, 2014) - Berkeley businesses who track energy use can save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions - and receive recognition from the City. By filling out the form at this link, interested businesses can apply for the City's Energy Smart Awards.

The tracking is simple and the benefits are substantial. By uploading a building's PG&E data into the free online tracker, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, businesses can learn about their energy use and qualify for the Energy Smart Awards.

The 26 Berkeley businesses who applied last year - from a synagogue and a hotel to a grocery store -benchmarked their energy use to learn how to be more sustainable. Energy benchmarking helps businesses identify opportunities to save energy, money, and make buildings more comfortable.

All commercial buildings that participate will receive an Energy Smart Award for being leaders in energy management. Apply by January 15; the awards ceremony will be held on January 30.

Among all buildings in Berkeley, commercial buildings' energy use accounts for 52 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Smart Awards is a key program of Berkeley's Climate Action Plan, which seeks to encourage energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the City.

Tracking energy use is also required by California's new AB 1103 Energy Benchmarking law. As of January 1, commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet have to disclose energy benchmarks when they sell, refinance, or lease their property. On July 1, the requirement will expand to buildings over 5,000 square feet.

Last year's Energy Smart Award winners included the Bancroft Hotel, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Design Community & Environment, The Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley Unified School District, Safeway, Meyer Sound, Netivot Shalom, and UC Berkeley, among others. This year's Energy Smart Awards Program includes businesses from Emeryville and Oakland.

To apply, see