National Awards for Burlington's Main Street Landing Company

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National Awards for Burlington's Main Street Landing Company

Wed, 10/23/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Main Street Landing Company, located in Burlington, VT, is preventing pollution at a profit. And for their efforts, the company has won a national 2001 ENERGY STAR® for Small Business Award, presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ENERGY STAR for Small Business Awards recognize small businesses that effectively reduce their operating costs by increasing the energy efficiency of their business. EPA regional representatives are coordinating local awards ceremonies.
The Main Street Landing Company is a redevelopment design and development team. Melinda Moulton and Lisa Steele, the founders of the company, enjoy the challenge of educating others about the importance of environmentally sound development that reflects the community’s image. To illustrate this concept, Main Street Landing incorporated energy-efficiency improvements in the original design of its 67,764 square foot redevelopment project for the City of Burlington’s waterfront area. Working to meet Efficiency Vermont’s 10% Challenge, Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), metal halide lighting, and T-8 fluorescent lights with electronic ballasts were installed. Occupancy sensors and LED (light emitting diode) exit signs were also included. Solar hot water is used throughout the facility, and an Energy Management System (EMS) allows use to be monitored. Recycled materials were used wherever possible and a radiant heated floor was installed. Additionally, the Main Street Waterfront project was landscaped with energy efficiency in mind.
The upgrades save approximately $4,000 annually, and nearly 34,600 kWh of electricity. This prevents nearly 60,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. According to Steele and Moulton, “investing in energy efficiency is easy. Enormous amounts of information and resources were available from Burlington Electric Department and ENERGY STAR to insure that the redevelopment plan was done right the first time. Also, the investment in energy-efficient technology came back three fold: decreased energy costs, increased employee productivity, and the demonstration of our community conscious reputation.”
Nominated small businesses were judged on the number of energy efficient
upgrades made, cost savings per square foot, creativity and innovation. Jerry Lawson, Director of ENERGY STAR for Small Business said, “This awards program recognizes those who make the initial investment in energy efficiency and reach the goal—cost savings.”
ENERGY STAR for Small Business is a free service of the U.S. EPA that helps owners and operators of small businesses and organizations cut operating costs through energy efficiency. For more information about the program, call
1-888-STAR YES or visit www.epa.gov/smallbiz.