Port of Oakland Wins Energy Efficiency

James Head

The Port of Oakland has earned the Energy Star label from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy for the fifth consecutive year. The Energy Star label is awarded based on a comparison of a facility’s energy performance (electricity and gas usage) to that of similar facilities around the US.  The label shows a particular facility’s energy performance on a scale of 1 to 100.  The Port of Oakland headquarters scored 84, which means that it ranked in the top 16% of EPA benchmarked facilities nationwide. Energy Star is commonly recognized from products such as computers, refrigerators and other electrical equipment; however, buildings can earn this distinction as well. To achieve an Energy Star award, a facility must rank among the top 25% most energy-efficient buildings in the market. “The Port of Oakland strives to continually exceed former goals for energy efficiency,” said President of the Board of Port Commissioners James Head. ”In March of 2010, the Port of Oakland adopted new energy efficiency savings and demand reduction goals for 2011 – 2020.” “The Energy Star award for the fifth year in a row is a testament to our determination to reduce the Port’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of electricity that we use daily,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin.  “Environmental stewardship is a lens for all of our Port activities and efforts to conserve energy and utilize resources more efficiently.” The Port of Oakland is one of only eleven buildings that have the Energy Star distinction within the City of Oakland.  The other ten Energy Star properties are owned by the following: Brandywine Realty Trust, CIM Oakland Center 21, LP, CalSTERS, Citigroup, OCC Venture LLC (2 properties), Oakland, 14th Office Inc., SIC-Lakeside Drive, LLC c/o the Swig Company, Sparknight, LLC and StopWaste.org.
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