Help Local Schools Earn Energy Star Certification

We're excited to partner with the EPA on a unique volunteer opportunity that will benefit New York City schools. If you're a registered architect or professional engineer, we hope you will participate. Complete details from the EPA and a Sign Up Sheet are available below. Please sign up by May 16 to ensure time to schedule a visit and submit the application before June 26, 2018.



All Hands on Deck!

Urban Green Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are looking for Professional Engineers (PEs) and Registered Architects (RA) interested in helping the New York City Department of Education complete the application process for their schools to earn ENERGY STAR certification. We hope you and your colleagues will assist us in making this happen!

As many of you may know, the EPA awards ENERGY STAR certification to commercial buildings that demonstrate superior energy performance, but obtaining certification requires that a Licensed Professional (LP – in this case a PE or RA) conduct a verification of the application prior to submittal. On average, it takes an LP no more than one day to complete the verification process, which includes checking data and a site visit (or supervision of another individual conducting the visit) as described in the Licensed Professional Guide. But despite the modest level of effort required, many organizations simply don’t have the funding to support these verifications, so the EPA launched a program for LPs to provide cost-free pro bono verifications, and it’s through this program that we’re hoping to assist the NYC Department of Education in getting some of their schools certified.

What do you get? The satisfaction that you helped a local public school gain recognition by becoming ENERGY STAR certified. The on-the-ground experience of verifying an application that could be offered in a future fee-for-service option to clients. New business possibilities from being listed in EPA’s LP Directory, which partners access to find building services. Plus, there are potential CEU credits available for architects.

If you or your colleagues are PEs or RAs and are interested in paying it forward, complete the form below before Wednesday, May 16. We'll share your information through EPA with the New York City Department of Education, who will then contact you to discuss the opportunity. Verifiers need to sign up by this deadline to allow time to be assigned a school, review guidelines, schedule a visit and submit the application. By providing a contact you are under no obligation to participate, but you will be able to learn more.

Please see EPA’s pro bono verification initiative and free training on how to verify applications for more information. Thank you for considering volunteering. Let’s give our schools the recognition they deserve!