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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Strategies

A wide range of strategies are available to help organizations reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Below are a list of resources and guides to help your organization identify and implement GHG reduction opportunities. Many of these GHG reduction strategies have been successfully implemented by former Climate Leaders partners; resulting case studies can serve as a useful source of information about practical and innovative ideas to reduce GHG emissions. In addition, EPA and other Federal programs are available to help your organization reduce GHG emissions.

Energy Efficiency

U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® is an online tool to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or across an organization's entire portfolio of buildings.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Products and energy-saving practices use less energy and save your organization money.

Putting Energy into Profits: ENERGY STAR Small Business Guide (PDF) (39 pp, 4.1 MB) provides information for businesses on steps they can take to turn energy reduction measures into profit. Virtually any small business can improve its energy efficiency easily and cost-effectively, using the numerous resources that are available.

Energy Strategy for the Road Ahead (PDF) (36 pp, 618K) a guide to help you think through your organization's energy management strategy and ensure future energy success. This guide will help you understand likely influential factors on the future state of energy in the U.S. and plan an energy management strategy accordingly. Business executives and corporate boards can examine four possible energy futures. Each option outlines possible opportunities and risk management strategies.

U.S. Department of Energy's Buildings Performance Database (BPD) unlocks the power of building energy performance data. The platform enables users to perform statistical analysis on an anonymous dataset of tens of thousands of commercial and residential buildings from across the country. Users can compare performance trends among similar buildings to identify and prioritize cost-saving energy efficiency improvements and assess the range of likely savings from these improvements.

U.S. Department of Energy's Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) platform is a software tool that provides a standardized format for collecting, storing, and analyzing building energy performance information about large portfolios. The platform provides an easy, flexible, and cost effective method to analyze data about large portfolios of buildings and demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency.

U.S. EPA's CHP Project Development Handbook (PDF) (85 pp, 1.3 MB) provides information, tools, and hints on combined heat and power (CHP) project development, CHP technologies, and the resources of the EPA CHP Partnership.

Renewable Energy

U.S. EPA's Green Power Locator provides online information about green power procurement options available on a state-by-state basis. Use the Locator to determine what green power purchasing options are available to your organization.

The Guide to Purchasing Green Power (PDF) (58 pp, 2 MB) provides current and potential buyers of green power with information about green power purchasing, including different types of green power products, the benefits of green power purchasing, and how to capture the greatest benefit from your purchase. The Guide is the product of a cooperative effort between the EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Resources Institute, and the Center for Resource Solutions.

The Renewable Energy Certificates (PDF) (6 pp, 996K) white paper provides a brief overview of renewable energy certificates (RECs): what they are, how they work, and why they are an important option for individual and organizational buyers in renewable electricity and green power markets.

Innovations in Voluntary Renewable Energy Procurement: Methods for Expanding Access and Lowering Cost for Communities, Governments, and Businesses (PDF) (36 pp, 1 MB). This guide explores five innovative options for voluntarily procuring renewable energy generation or systems. These methods can be replicated by a variety of stakeholders—including local governments, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and utilities.

The Customer's Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PDF) (44 pp, 1.7 MB) Exit EPA Disclaimer for organizations that would like assistance navigating purchase and contract decisions as they move to host solar power systems via a long-term power purchase agreement. It was prepared for a broad audience, including businesses, government agencies, public institutions such as school districts and non-profits.

Commuting, Business Travel and Product Transport

Business Savings Calculator Exit EPA Disclaimer a Web-based Calculator developed by EPA that enables an employer to estimate the financial, environmental, traffic-related, and other benefits of commuter programs.

SmartWay is a public/private collaboration between the U.S. EPA and the freight transportation industry that helps freight shippers, carriers, and logistics companies improve fuel-efficiency and save money.

Supply Chain

Managing Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lessons for the Road Ahead (PDF) (26 pp, 8.8 MB) highlights lessons learned by early movers that engaged their suppliers in GHG management.

Additional resources listed on The Center's Supply Chain webpage.

Waste Diversion Strategies

Resources for Waste Reduction and Recycling

Don't "Waste" Your Chance To Do Your Share—How To Reduce Your Climate Footprint (PDF) (16 pp, 1.5 MB)

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