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Community Environmental Center earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Superior Energy Efficiency

March 10, 2011 (Queens, NY) – Community Environmental Center (CEC), a leading provider of energy efficiency solutions for new and existing buildings, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR®, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The designation signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide in terms of energy efficiency.

“Community Environmental Center is delighted to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Richard Cherry, CEC’s founder and president. “Through this achievement, CEC has demonstrated its commitment to both environmental stewardship and to lowering energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

CEC improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building, a former factory that contains CEC’s offices and a garage that houses the trucks for CEC’s weatherization crews.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

Buildings and products that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 31 million vehicles.

For more information about ENERGY STAR, please visit www.energystar.gov/buildings

For more information about CEC, please contact Alexis Greene, 718-784-1444, ext. 156; agreene@CECenter.org

Alexis is the public relations coordinator at CEC.

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