ICF International is Changing the World, One Light at a Time with ENERGY STAR®
Program to Increase Nation’s Environmental Efficiency
Fairfax, Virginia, September 7, 2006 -
ICF International announced today that it has joined the ENERGY STAR® Change a Light, Change the World campaign, a growing community of corporations, utilities, manufacturers, and individuals, who are actively demonstrating a commitment to environmental efficiency.
"Participating in this national campaign is both an easy and effective way to demonstrate our dedication to the nation’s environmental efficiency," says Mike Mernick, a senior vice president and expert in energy efficiency at ICF. "The pledge is a simple, but vital method of getting individuals to commit to reducing greenhouse gases and saving energy resources."
As part of this national movement, ICF has set a goal of having 500 employees pledge to replace at least one incandescent bulb or fixture at home with one that has earned the government’s ENERGY STAR® label. As an indication of the company’s commitment, executives plan to sign the pledge and hand out compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) to participating employees. ICF hopes to achieve its goal on or before October 4, 2006, National ENERGY STAR® Change a Light Day. By reaching its goal, ICF will be making a significant impact on the environment, the equivalent of planting 101 acres of trees.
The ENERGY STAR® Change a Light, Change the World campaign has already had a dramatic impact. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pledges taken to date will result in the reduction of more than 23 million kWh (kilowatt-hours) of energy and 33 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
"ICF believes joining the campaign is an excellent opportunity to extend our commitment to social and environmental responsibility into the homes of our employees and their friends and families," says Sudhakar Kesavan, Chief Executive Officer at ICF.
ENERGY STAR® was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. Today, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR® program offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy and money, and help protect our environment for future generations. More than 8,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR® partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR®, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1.888.STAR.YES (1.888.782.7937).