Energy Conservation: Oakland
Port of Oakland Receives Eleventh Consecutive Energy Star Certification
Port of Oakland Headquarters
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Port of Oakland headquarters just received its 11th consecutive Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Every year the EPA recognizes buildings nationwide for energy efficiency. Port headquarters is one of 70 buildings in California to receive an Energy Star.
Port headquarters ranked in the top 19 percent of EPA benchmarked facilities nationwide. To achieve an Energy Star award, a building must rank among the top 25 percent most energy efficient buildings in the market. Factors that affect scoring include building systems, operational hours, climate controls, equipment scheduling, and equipment monitoring. According to EPA, Energy Star certified buildings on average use 35 percent less energy and cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings.
"Environmental advocacy is an integral part of our Port of Oakland workforce culture," said Richard Sinkoff, the port’s director of environmental programs and planning. "The Energy Star Award recognizes energy efficiency in port buildings as a key element of the port's sustainability program."
During the past year, the Port of Oakland implemented energy-saving measures that use less power for heating, air conditioning, and office equipment.