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Energy Star

ENERGY STAR is an energy efficiency program run by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was

Established in 1992 under the Clean Air Act, ENERGY STAR is an energy efficiency program run by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to identify and promote products that meet the highest energy efficiency standards.

Now in its 20th year, the ENERGY STAR program has boosted the adoption of energy efficient products, practices, and services through partnerships, objective measurement tools, and consumer education.

Energy use in homes, buildings, and industry accounts for two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. ENERGY STAR has been instrumental in reducing this energy use in order to realize significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

WaterSense

A water efficiency program run by the Environmental Protection Agency, WaterSense helps people save water with a product label and tips for saving water around the house. Products carrying the WaterSense label perform well, help save money, and encourage innovation in manufacturing.

WaterSense partners with manufacturers, retailers and distributors, and utilities to bring WaterSense labeled products to the marketplace and make it easy to purchase high-performing, water-efficient products.

EPEAT Certification

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a registry that assesses the environmental soundness of computers and other electronic equipment.  Experts in the fields of business, advocacy, government, and academia helped develop EPEAT’s standards.

EPEAT®-registered products meet strict environmental criteria. From fewer toxins in manufacturing to efficient operation and easier recycling, EPEAT-registered products offer a reduced environmental impact across their lifecycles.

EPEAT ratings take into account the following criteria:

  • Reduced electricity use
  • Use of environmentally sensitive materials
  • Limiting material selection
  • Special design for end-of-life disposal
  • Extended product longevity
  • Packaging
  • Corporate performance

LEED

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that assesses and certifies green buildings. LEED uses a point system to evaluate success in the following categories:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy & atmosphere
  • Materials & resources
  • Indoor environmental quality