We fell a few points short. But hey, who wouldn’t be happy with 97 out of 100?
Our headquarters building in suburban Chicago has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for its energy efficiency and environmental protection efforts, falling only three points short of a perfect score. Improvements we made over the past few years during remodeling work at the building, such as phasing in more energy-efficient lighting fixtures and maximizing the utilization of office space, helped us score so high.
The EPA’s national energy performance rating system assesses how efficiently buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 or higher is eligible for the Energy Star. Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The Energy Star award is just one example of how we, as an association, are trying our best to go – and stay – green. Another aspect of our eco-friendly approach is trying to reduce the use of paper on both our end and yours. That’s one reason why our Membership and Field Services Division is offering online membership renewals. By going online to the AVMA membership renewal page, you can log in with your ID number and password and pay your dues today. If your employer pays your dues, or if you’re the one in charge, you can also take advantage of our online group pay option. It’s that easy.