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Park and Rec’s Highway 16 Administrative Office Building, located on Brookshire Boulevard, received its first ENERGY STAR certification in May. It’s the first building owned by the County to earn ENERGY STAR recognition.
Participation in ENERGY STAR is just one portion of the larger energy reduction plan for Mecklenburg County. The County is working diligently to assess its building portfolio, establish portfolio benchmarks and identify future energy conservation measures. These combined efforts will ultimately help the County achieve its goal of a 15-percent energy reduction by 2020.
“I am very excited about Mecklenburg County’s participation in the ENERGY STAR program. The entire team worked hard to make this happen from the staff at the building controlling their consumption to the Capital Reserve and Maintenance teams ensuring the building equipment is performing well,” said Erin DeBerardinis, energy manager for Mecklenburg County. “The team should be very proud of their work.
This certification will be the first of many for Mecklenburg County.”
Commercial buildings that earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR must outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, as verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect.
ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools and retail stores. 
About U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR

Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Last year, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses saved $30 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 70 different product categories, 1.5 million new homes, and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit