EPA Unveils Waste and Materials Tracking Feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager

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From EPA news release, August 8, 2016

The EPA recently unveiled a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers.  The addition of waste tracking is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between Energy Star and Sustainable Materials Management programs and members of the industry to identify key performance metrics for waste and materials management.

EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager is already used to measure energy, water and greenhouse gas metrics in more than 450,000 U.S. buildings, representing over 40 percent of U.S. commercial space, as well as in more than 10,000 buildings in Canada.  Now owners and managers will be able to benchmark 29 types of waste across four different management metrics alongside their existing sustainability management indicators.  Types of waste include building materials, glass, paper, plastics, and trash.

For more information consider the following resources:

  • Introducing Waste & Materials Tracking in Portfolio Manager Webinar, September 15, 2016 at 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time.
  • Energy Star’s webpage for using Portfolio Manager to track waste and materials.
  • Short video on how to set up energy, water, and waste meters in Portfolio Manager.
  • EPA webpage on sustainable materials management.



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