April 22, 2010 (ANN ARBOR, MI) – ProQuest, a leading information technology firm supporting global research, has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR for its Ann Arbor headquarters building. The building, located at 789 Eisenhower Parkway, is managed by commercial real estate leader Transwestern. ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency, signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
"Transwestern and ProQuest have worked very hard to reduce our impact on the environment and we’re delighted to have these efforts recognized by the EPA," said ProQuest CEO Marty Kahn. "This is an important milestone in an ongoing journey for us. Being a good environmental citizen means always being vigilant to ways we can be more efficient and more respectful of the earth."
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. To improve its energy performance, ProQuest manages energy strategically across the entire organization and has also invested in cost-effective improvements to its buildings around the world. These include a variety of simple changes, such as swapping out old computers and appliances for ENERGY STAR-rated replacements, installing reduced wattage light bulbs and setting thermostats to more moderate comfort heating/cooling set points, as well implementation of sophisticated new lighting and building control systems that automatically find and implement power efficiencies.
Further, the development of the company’s massive Ann Arbor Data Center followed "green" guidelines that significantly reduced its carbon footprint. For example, the Center’s heating/cooling systems take advantage of Michigan’s cold temperatures by using outside air, rather than compressors, to cool the refrigerants. This "Free Cooling" saves upwards of 50,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month during winter months.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, " said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR."
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
For more information about ProQuest visit www.proquest.com. For more information about Transwestern visit www.transwestern.net.
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