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Helping thousands of U.S. organizations monitor and improve energy efficiency,
ENERGY STAR’s benchmarking tool Portfolio
Manager has helped users achieve up to 30%
in energy reductions.
To expand these savings and sustainable
practices beyond energy, the EPA has added
waste tracking functionality to Portfolio
Manager, allowing FMs to more accurately
benchmark water use and waste and creating
a more comprehensive evaluative system.
“We’ve tracked our waste for several years
using a series of spreadsheets, but it’s a
cumbersome process,” says Sara Neff, Vice
President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty
in Los Angeles. “This new waste-tracking
feature will allow us to move our data into
Portfolio Manager, where we’re already manag-
ing our energy and water usage, and will really
Energy has most frequently been the target of FMs looking to become more efficient
and save money because of its relative ease to track. Waste, on the other hand, is not as
frequently considered – partially because compiling data on it accurately is significantly
more difficult. This is especially concerning as waste disposal rates continue to climb.
The EPA is trying to address this common oversight by addressing the benefits that
come from benchmarking waste and taking waste management action. In addition to
helping the environment, they suggest that the bottom line can be heavily impacted due
to savings from reducing waste disposal.
General Motors, for example, generates $1 billion in revenue each year through recy-
cling, and PepsiCo avoided $3 million in landfill costs in 2013. In addition to saving and
even earning money through efficient waste management, it also affects an organiza-
tion’s image, as 60% of consumers want to buy from environmentally responsible com-
panies and 90% of organizations consider sustainability strategy important for attracting
In the past, those who benchmark have had to address the
various facets of sustainable efficiency through different venues.
Even Portfolio Manager only managed data from energy before its
new upgrade. The tool now gives
users the ability to take a bird’s
eye view of their facilities’ environmental footprint to find areas
where users can save.
www.energystar.gov/bench-mark for more information on
ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager
Adds Waste and Water Tracking
Benchmarking solution expands beyond energy for a more
comprehensive view of facility efficiency
PORTFOLIO MANAGER, the
popular tool for benchmarking
energy use, can now be used to
track water consumption and
TRACKING WASTE DISPOSAL can help uncover
opportunities for more efficient waste management. Reducing waste volume can also save money
by lowering landfill costs.
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