ICF International Reaches Goal to Help Change the World, One Light at a Time with ENERGY STAR®
Firm Helps to Grow the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Community
Fairfax, Virginia, October 4, 2006 -
ICF International announced today that the firm has reached its goal and fulfilled its pledge to the ENERGY STAR® Change a Light, Change the World Campaign. In doing so, ICF has demonstrated its commitment to protect the environment for future generations by encouraging more than 500 of its employees to contribute to environmental efficiency in their homes.
"Changing just one light per household will save energy and money and will ultimately have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse (GHG) gases and conserving energy resources," says Mike Mernick, a senior vice president at ICF and expert in energy efficiency.
ICF committed to collect 500 pledges from employees to replace at least one incandescent lightbulb or light fixture at home with one that has earned the U.S. Federal Government’s ENERGY STAR® label. ICF has exceeded its goal, collecting more than 560 pledges to date with employees pledging to change more than 1,270 bulbs. ICF employees’ energy-efficient actions will have a dramatic impact on the environment—with the potential to save at least 358,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of energy and US$35,500 in energy costs, and prevent 565,000 pounds of GHG emissions over the lifetime of the compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL)—equivalent to planting nearly 260 acres of trees.
"I am thrilled that my colleagues at the firm have successfully completed this meaningful undertaking, doing their part to help ICF show its dedication to social and environmental responsibility," says Sudhakar Kesavan, Chief Executive Officer at ICF.
The ENERGY STAR® Change a Light, Change the World Campaign is a national challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to encourage Americans to consider the energy they use and to switch to lightbulbs and light fixtures that have earned the government’s ENERGY STAR® for energy efficiency.
"Many things can be done to save energy in just a few simple steps. Changing just one light in your home can make a difference to the well-being of the entire community," says Wendy Reed of the EPA. "ICF’s continued efforts to encourage others to take the ENERGY STAR® Change a Light Pledge have proven to be an invaluable contribution to preserve energy resources and help protect our environment."
ENERGY STAR® was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. Today, with assistance from DOE, 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 http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1.888.STAR.YES (1.888.782.7937).