Energy Star Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert
January 18, 2017 – 11:00 AM-12:00PM
Webinar
Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join us for a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum.
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Make Your Benchmarking Routine
December 1, 2016 – 10:00AM-2:00PM
Kirksey Architecture – 6909 Portwest Drive
Presented by IREM, USGBC and City of Houston, this free, interactive workshop will help attendees understand: how and why to benchmark whole-building energy and water use; basic and advanced energy analysis methods; available utility incentive programs; and updates to the Energy Star program. LEED professionals will earn 4 hours of credential maintenance credits.
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Energy Star 101, 102 and 103
November 15, 16, 17, 2016
Webinar series
Learn how to navigate the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool and take a deep dive into the advanced functionalities of the tool.
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Gulf Coast Energy Summit
Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Doubletree Greenway Plaza – 6 Greenway Plaza
Presented by the USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter, this event showcases specially selected experts and industry stakeholders discuss topics and share knowledge related to the smart, efficient and financially sensible use of energy in existing commercial office buildings. Keynote speakers include Michael Webber, PhD, University of Texas and Daniel Huard, Principal, Greenview Global.
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Building Operator Certification (BOC) Informational and Networking Meeting
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 10:30AM-12:00PM
Join SPEER (South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource) for a free informational and networking meeting on the national Building Operator Certification (BOC) Program.
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Community Solar and PACE Workshop
Monday, October 3, 2016 – 11:00AM – 1:00 PM
Houston Permitting Center | 1001 Washington,  Conference Room 2D
Join us for a free workshop and learn about renewable energy and community solar networks and the new Houston PACE program.
Lunch will be provided
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Houston PACE Service Provider Training
Monday, September 12, 2016
5601 South Braeswood Blvd., Joe Frank Theater
The PACE Service Provider Training workshop is a unique opportunity to learn about the PACE financing mechanism and how it can benefit your business or property. Hear an overview of PACE, learn how to market PACE financing, examine the technical requirements that go into a PACE project, and learn how the application process works.  The workshop also has an informative PACE Capital Provider Perspectives panel, contains an update on the current ‘PACE in a Box’ market, and includes current case studies.
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Energy Benchmark Toolkit Training
Thursday, September 8, 2016 – 11:00AM – 1:30 PM
Houston Galveston Area Council | 3555 Timmons Ln, Conference Room A
Join the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) for a training on their local government Benchmarking Toolkit. This benchmarking tool is a web-based tool that helps communities across Texas to either begin benchmarking their own government buildings, or expand that program by creating programs for other buildings within their community.
Lunch will be provided.
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ENERGY STAR – Ask the Expert
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 11:00AM-Noon
Webinar
Join us for a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join the conversation and have all of your questions about ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager answered in this public forum.
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BOMA Houston ENERGY STAR update seminar
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 8:00-10:00 AM
3 Post Oak Central Conference Center | 1900 Post Oak Blvd.
Join us for an interactive and informative update on Energy Star! Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from the experts on how to make buildings environmentally friendly while cutting costs for property owners and managers.
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Energy Star’s Battle of the Buildings BOOTCAMP
Registration ends Sunday, July 17 Deadline extended to July 31!
Join the BOOTCAMP to compete in a nationwide competition among buildings to assist organizations in saving energy, saving water, and fighting climate change with help from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® and WaterSense® programs. In the winter of 2017, the EPA will recognize the buildings that have the largest energy and water use reductions throughout the duration of the BOOTCAMP!
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Energy Star Talk: What You Should Know About Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Webinar
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
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Right on PACE: Innovative Financing through Property Assessed Clean Energy
Wednesday, May 25, 2:00-3:00 PM
Webinar
Join us for an interactive conversation about PACE, an innovative financing program that enables commercial, large multifamily, and industrial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for water conservation, energy efficiency, and onsite generation projects. Participants then repay those loans through a property assessment imposed by the local government at the request of the property owner.
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Update on CBECS Data and ENERGY STAR Score Development Process
Thursday, May 12 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Webinar
EPA will provide an update on the schedule and methodology for refreshing the ENERGY STAR 1-100 scores, including opportunities for public engagement, and review the latest 2012 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey data published by the Energy Information Administration.
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Gulf Coast Green
Thursday, April 28  – 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) | 3400 Main Street
AIA Houston presents smART Design: the intersection of art, architecture and sustainability
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Industrial PACE Webinar
Wednesday, April 27 – 1:30-2:30 PM
Webinar
Interested in upgrading your industrial facilities with energy/water efficiency and distributed generation technologies but lack the needed capital? PACE financing may be used to pay for permanent improvements to the property that are intended to decrease water or energy consumption or demand. Learn how to retrofit and save on the Industrial PACE 101 webinar.
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ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager 301 Training
Thursday, April 21 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Webinar
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
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ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager 201 Training
Wednesday, March 23 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Webinar
Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
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Lights Out Houston
Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20
Earth Hour spotlight: Saturday, March 19 at 8:30 PM
The Energy Capital of the World will continue its sustained commitment to become the Energy Conservation Capital by turning off non-essential lights Thursday, March 17 at 10PM – Sunday March 20 with a special Earth Hour spotlight on March 19 at 8:30-9:30 PM.
Make flipping the switch your first step in your journey towards energy efficiency.
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Have your say –Participate in Portfolio Manager user testing!
EPA invites you to become part of a volunteer base to help test new Portfolio Manager features. Volunteers will be periodically tapped to answer questions about utility, test and provide feedback on new features, and be observed performing tasks in Portfolio Manager in real time. If you would like participate, please sign up here

Houston PACE 101
Wednesday, February 10 – 7:30-10:00 AM
Houston Permitting Center | 1001 Washington,  Conference Room 2D
Interested in learning more about simple and effective ways to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation upgrades to your existing building? Join us for an interactive workshop and learn more about the upcoming City of Houston commercial PACE program.
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ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager Training
Thursday, January 28 – 10:00-11:00 AM
Webinar
Learn how to use the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool to benchmark, track and improve property and facility performance along with information about upcoming updates to the Portfolio Manager web services application programming interface and associated schemas and CBECS Data and ESPM score development process.
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How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR®
Monday, December 14 – 1:00-2:00 PM
Webinar
Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR® Certification in Portfolio Manager®. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR® certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
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Have your say -EPA needs your input for ENERGY STAR®  enhancements
For 2016, EPA has two major initiatives planned (Waste tracking & a potential new 1-100 Score for water use in Multifamily buildings) that will take up a large part of their Energy Star resources. Based on your suggestions, a list of 21 possible enhancements to Portfolio Manager has been compiled. Have your say: Which ones are most urgent? Is there something important that didn’t make the list?
The survey will stay open until Dec 17, 2015. We’ll share the results with you in early 2016.
Vote on Portfolio Manager enhancements here!

Update on CBECS Data and ENERGY STAR® Score Development Process
Monday, December 14 – 1:00-2:00 PM
Webinar
EPA will outline the schedule for ENERGY STAR® 1-100 score development based on the 2012 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey data, provide a review of the types of properties covered, and a summary of new variables collected. The webinar will also present the outcomes of a review of the ENERGY STAR® score development process.
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Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference
Tuesday-Thursday, December 1-3
Hotel Galvez & Spa, 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston
Join public and private decision makers and thought leaders  to help communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment, learn from examples and seek alternative renewable energy sources – and reduce related emissions.
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Plug into Energy Savings: Strategies and Resources for Reducing Plugload Energy Use in your Buildings
Tuesday, December 1 – 2:00-3:00 PM
Webinar
This webinar will include a discussion by an industry expert from our National Renewable Energy Laboratory on simple low-cost and portable plug- and process-loads interventions. Partner organizations will share how they have addressed plug and process loads in their buildings, including a presentation by Stanford University, sharing its successes in creating a plugload inventory, analysis, and action plan to reduce associated energy consumption.
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Save Water & Energy with EPA’s WaterSense® Program
Thursday, November 19 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Webinar
Good energy and water management are complimentary practices and based on many of the same principles. Learn how EPA’s WaterSense program can help you reduce your financial and operational risks by proactively managing your building’s water use, and save energy in the process. Come away with an understanding of available water efficient products and best management practices to reduce water use in all types of commercial and institutional facilities.
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Power Thirsty: Water and the Bottom Line
Thursday, October 29 – 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Federal Reserve Bank – Houston Branch, 1801 Allen Parkway
Water is a vital resource for modern life. Excessive consumption of water can lead to resource depletion, pollution, and an overall increase in price. Join us for an engaging dialogue with apanel of subject matter experts about how better water management can increase your bottom line and change the way you think about water. 
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Gulf Coast Energy Summit
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
JW Marriott – 5150 Westheimer Road
Presented by the USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter, this event showcases specially selected experts and industry stakeholders discuss topics and share knowledge related to the smart, efficient and financially sensible use of energy in existing commercial office buildings. Keynote speakers include Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics at Rice University and H.B. “Trip” Doggett, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
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More Bright Ideas in Energy Efficiency for Religious Facilities
Thursday, October 1 – 7:30-11:00 AM
Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Lane
Join us for a second workshop in a series focusing on how smart energy practices in religious facilities can promote environmental stewardship, increase staffa nd congregant comfort and save scarce funds. This workshop will focus on practical application of the fundamentals of benchmarking, preventative maintenance, and financing of enery efficiency projects.
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How to Apply for the Energy Star
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Webinar
Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR® Certification in Portfolio Manager®. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR® certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
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Investor Confidence Project
Thursday, September 17, 2015 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Webinar
Matt Golden, with the Investor Confidence Project (ICP), will be conducting a webinar to discuss how building owners and operators can use the new ICP project development protocols to develop investor ready projects. The ICP, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund, defines a clear road-map from retrofit opportunity to reliable Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™. With a suite of Commercial and Multifamily Energy Performance Protocols in place, ICP reduces transaction costs by assembling existing standards and practices into a consistent and transparent process that promotes efficient markets by increasing confidence in energy efficiency as a demand-side resource. Matt will also discuss how you can become an ICP Credentialed Quality Assurance Provider for energy efficiency projects.
Webinar hosted by the Houston Energy Efficiency in Buildings Project.
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Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple steps to finding energy savings
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – 1:00-2:00 PM
Webinar
An Energy Treasure Hunt is a cost-effective process for identifying energy savings that also helps to strengthen building energy management practices. Energy Treasure Hunts engage building owners, managers, and tenants to help identify improvements that can be made immediately and without significant expenditures. This webinar will teach attendees how to assemble a treasure hunt team across their organization, prepare for the hunt, conduct it and report out on findings.
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Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Webinar
This training reviews the tools available to activate your computer’s sleep settings from a central location to save $10 to $50 per computer annually. Case studies and insight into how to get this done in your organization are also included.
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Eco-Initiatives Spotlight Luncheon
Friday, August 14 – 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
1301 Fannin, 13th Floor Common Area
Join us for an action-packed agenda featuring several presenters spotlighting their Eco initiatives and success stories. Learn what others throughout Houston are doing to drive sustainable change in their workplace. Network with others making a difference in their company and/or their office building.
This is a free event – lunch will be provided courtsey of Netrality Properties.
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Portfolio Manager 301
Thursday, July 30 – 1:00-2:00 PM
Webinar
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
RSVP

Portfolio Manager 201
Wednesday, July 29 – 1:00-2:00 PM
Webinar
Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
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Portfolio Manager 101
Tuesday, July 28- 1:00-2:00 PM
Webinar
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager®; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.
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The Water-Energy Nexus
Tuesday, June 16 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Webinar
Learn why water efficiency matters and about how good energy and water management practices are often complimentary. This webinar will also detail opportunities for improving water efficiency, and provide an overview of key EPA ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® resources, including best management practices and water and energy efficient products.
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Bright Ideas in Energy Efficiency for Religious Facilities
Thursday, June 11 – 7:30-11:00 AM
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Summit Room
Smart energy practices in religious facilities can promote environmental stewardship, increase the comfort of the staff and congregants and save scarce funds. Join us for an interactive workshop and networking event to learn more about energy efficiency strategies best suited to your place of worship.
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The Market-Moving Link Between Sustainability and Wellness
Wednesday, June 3 – 7:30-10:00 AM
Houston Permitting Center, 1001 Washington,  Conference Room 2D
Join this workshop on one of the hottest topics in sustainability—the potentially game-changing link between wellness and green buildings! The link between sustainability and wellness has several benefits, from workforce productivity gains, to real estate asset value enhancement, to public health advantages. We’ll hear from several experts who can help you recognize, realize, and measure those benefits.
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What You Should Know About Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Tuesday, May 19 – 2:00-3:15 PM
Webinar
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
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Gulf Coast Energy Summit Speaker Series: Dr. Stephen Chu – The Energy Climate Change and How to Transition to a Sustainable World
Friday, May 1 – 7:30-9:15 AM
Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Science and technology such as the industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world. Dr. Stephen Chu, Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, will briefly describe the rapidly changing energy landscape, give an “epidemiological” approach of assessing the risks of climate change, and then discuss technical progress and a blueprint of how to mitigate those risks by making clean energy the low cost option through discovery and innovation.
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The Win-Win of Green Leasing Workshop
Wednesday, April 22 – 8:00-10:00 AM
Houston Permitting Center, 1001 Washington,  Conference Room 2D
Are your leases impeding resource efficiency and cost saving opportunities? Green leasing terms realign incentives, facilitate information sharing, and encourage owners and tenants to work together on the efficient use of energy and other resources. Hear perspectives from companies on both the ownership and tenant side of the lease transaction, and engage in a lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities in creating a win-win through green leasing.
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Lights Out Houston + Earth Hour
Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Earth Hour spotlight: Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM
Going beyond the hour to make a commitment to energy efficiency. The Energy Capital of the World will continue its sustained commitment to become the Energy Conservation Capital by turning off non-essential lights March 26 – 29, 2015.
Learn more and Sign the Lights Out Houston pledge

Portfolio Manager 101
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Webinar
Learn how to navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
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Portfolio Manager® Office Hours, Focus Topic: Understanding Energy Metrics
Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 12:00-1:30 PM
Webinar
Join live webinar that gives users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. The first 30 minutes of the session will be spent on understanding Energy Metrics, while the remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).
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Bright Ideas in Energy Efficiency: from Products to Places
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Houston Permitting Center, 1001 Washington, Conference Room 2D
Join this networking event and panel discussion to hear distinguished representatives from Transwestern Property Management, Office Depot, IKEA, and Hilton Americas, moderated by Steve Stelzer, discuss energy conserving operations and consumer products. Learn from the experts about strategies for sourcing supplies and products and operational best practices that can be implemented at home and at work.
This is a free event sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Resource Center.
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Portfolio Manager® Office Hours, Focus Topic: Reporting in Portfolio Manager
Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Webinar
Portfolio Manager “Office Hours” is a live webinar that gives users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. The first 30 minutes of the session will be spent on reporting in Portfolio Manager, while the remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).
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ENERGY STAR® and the Houston Green Office Challenge: saving energy through benchmarking
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Webinar
Learn from the experts how to use the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool to benchmark, track and improve property and facility performance. Attendees will also learn about the value of benchmarking, what to do with the results, and how Portfolio Manager integrates with the Houston Green Office Challenge to help you advance sustainability at your facility and earn recognition for your efforts.
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Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR®
Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Webinar
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
Register 

Water World: Success Stories and Tools for Water Use Reduction in Your Building Portfolio
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Webinar
Did you know the Better Buildings Challenge is diving into the world of water reduction? Turns out saving water almost always saves energy, too. Join Better Buildings Challenge partner National Church Residences and Better Plants Partner Cummins to learn how they have reduced water in their manufacturing and multifamily housing portfolios. Environmental Defense Fund will present their toolkit for reducing cooling tower usage in commercial office buildings.
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Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Benchmarking Mixed Use Properties
Thursday, December 11 – 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Webinar
Join the conversation. This live webinar will give all participants an opportunity to ask questions about benchmarking mixed use properties directly to EPA in an open forum.
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How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR®
Thursday, December 4 – 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Webinar
Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
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Portfolio Manager 201
Wednesday, December 3 – 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Webinar
Learn more about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
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Energy Data Access Roundtable
Wednesday, December 3 – 8:00 AM-11:00 AM
This workshop will bring together real estate leaders from different sectors to identify the issues with accessing building energy data.

The Value of ENERGY STAR® Certification
Tuesday, December 2 – 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Webinar
Join this webinar to learn how ENERGY STAR certification can benefit your bottom line.
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Portfolio Manager 101
Tuesday, November 25 – 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Webinar
Learn how to navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
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Houston EEB Laboratory Plenary Session
Friday, October 10 – 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Rice University
The WBCSD and its partner organization the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) are hosting a deep-dive workshop to support the development and implementation of ambitious, practical strategies for reducing building energy consumption by 30% or more in the Houston market.
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USGBC 4th Annual Energy Summit
Tuesday, October 7 – 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
JW Marriott Galleria
A panel of experts from around the country will discuss energy and energy efficiency as it relates to the built environment. Building tours.
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Houston Green Office Challenge Workshop
Thursday, October 2 – 9:00-11:00 AM
Houston Permitting Center, 1001 Washington, Basement Conference Room
Learn from a panel of experts how to enroll, compete and win in the challenge along with information and ideas to improve your office environment and save money.
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Houston Green Office Challenge Kickoff Party
Wednesday, October 1 – 5:30-7:30 PM
Tasting Room Uptown, 1001 Uptown Park Blvd.
Networking, food and drink, prizes and more! Bring your colleagues and friends to celebrate the launch of this year’s challenge and find out how it will be better than ever!
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