CHICAGO, -- Boeing headquarters, in downtown Chicago, which is managed by CB Richard Ellis has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Energy Star, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
"Boeing is pleased to accept EPA's Energy Star in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said James Bell, executive vice president, corporate president and chief financial officer. "Boeing is dedicated to being an industry leader committed to environmental stewardship and recognizes its responsibility to create a better, sustainable future for all stakeholders and the communities in which we work and live."
Improvements to the Chicago building's automation and lighting systems and increased awareness helped to improve the building's environmental performance by reducing energy consumption and costs. Two other Boeing facilities have received the Energy Star; the Bay Area Boulevard building in Houston in 2008 and the Douglas Center in Long Beach, Calif., in 2009.
Participation as an Energy Star Industrial Partner has been a key factor in Boeing's energy-management improvements. Boeing has been an Industrial Partner with Energy Star since 1997. Since 2002, on a revenue-adjusted basis, Boeing has reduced CO2 emissions by 31 percent and energy consumption by 32 percent at major U.S. facilities.
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.
"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."