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SECRETARY SOUTH ANNOUNCES ENERGY STAR RECOGNITION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: LINDA MCDONALD

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008 (850) 921-5266

SECRETARY SOUTH ANNOUNCES ENERGY STAR RECOGNITION

FOR TURLINGTON BUILDING

~Energy Star identifies Turlington Building as one of the most energy efficient buildings in the nation~

TALLAHASSEE-Department of Management Services (DMS) Secretary Linda H. South announced today that the Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines Street, earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) prestigious Energy Star. Energy Star is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. The Turlington Building, owned and managed by DMS, houses the Department of Education (DOE). It is the second in the department's portfolio of state-owned buildings to receive this recognition, and joins 4,600 buildings nationwide that have earned the Energy Star.

"We are honored to accept the EPA's Energy Star in recognition of the diligent work by our DMS team toward energy conservation efforts," said Secretary South. "We are proud to be one of the agency leaders in implementing Governor Crist's priority of increasing Florida's energy efficiency efforts."

Increasing concern about the financial and environmental risks associated with climate change drives more organizations to strive for the Energy Star for their buildings. Commercial buildings account for almost 17 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. The Turlington Building earned the Energy Star because it uses approximately 35 percent less energy than average buildings, and still provides quality service and comfort to occupants. The building met national requirements in categories such as temperature, air flow, and humidity and illumination levels, in addition to reducing greenhouse gases.

"Conservation of the environment is one of the most important issues facing us today," said Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. "We must lead by example as we work to educate our youth on the importance of proper energy management."

Organizations earn the Energy Star by using EPA's national energy performance rating system to generate energy-efficiency ratings for their buildings. The rating system is available for office buildings, schools, dormitories, hotels, hospitals and grocery stores, among other commercial buildings. For more information about Energy Star, visit www.EnergyStar.gov.

The DMS Division of Real Estate Development and Management operates and maintains more than 8 million gross square feet of state-owned buildings and is the state's operation and maintenance resource for state facilities. This square footage includes 35 Tallahassee facilities and associated grounds, plus 21 regional service centers across the state.

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