Battle of the Buildings

June 20th, 2011

The Department of Accounting and General Services, along with other officials at the state Capitol, are urging building denizens to go green and help the Capitol win a national competition for reducing its energy usage.

Teams from 245 buildings nationwide, including the Capitol, are competing in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s second annual national competition among commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change.

The winner — the building that reduced its energy use the most — will be recognized in November.

At the Capitol, signs are posted and DAGS workers have been going door-to-door to ask building users to conserve energy through various methods, such as turning off lights, hibernating or shutting down computers when not in use, unplugging personal mobile devices and keeping doors closed.

DAGS officials, with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, are sponsoring a series of informational workshops this week, June 21-23, culminating next week (June 29) with a rally in the Capitol Rotunda featuring Gov. Neil Abercrombie and music by Jive Nene.

The schedule for workshops is listed HERE.

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