Tsys (NYSE:TSS) announced today that its Columbus, Ga. riverfront campus has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious Energy Star designation, 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.
"TSYS is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Philip W. Tomlinson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, TSYS. "As a result of concerted efforts by our company leadership and team members, TSYS has made great strides during the last several years in terms of environmental stewardship. While we do recognize the value of the cost savings to our company, more importantly, we realize the impact our reduced environmental footprint has on our surrounding community."
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR symbol use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. TSYS improved its energy performance by managing heating, cooling, natural gas and electricity strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
"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."
To earn the ENERGY STAR, TSYS has implemented the following actions:
* During select periods of time, TSYS turns a number of redundant lights out during business hours and implements reduced lighting in common areas.
* Many of the lighting fixtures in offices and conference rooms are equipped with occupancy sensors that automatically shut off when not in use.
* Throughout its campus, TSYS has installed lower wattage lights that reduce usage for each bulb by seven watts each.
* TSYS has automated the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems since 2008, resulting in significant savings of kilowatt hours of electricity during that span.
* At the headquarters alone, 4,035,796 kilowatt hours have been eliminated since 2008 through the use of these and other energy-saving initiatives.
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.