Local governments, businesses and individuals can address climate change by reducing energy use, water use and waste, which helps the environment and can also reduce energy costs.
Learn what you can do:
- Individuals are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
- Businesses and local governments are taking action in various ways, including reducing energy use in buildings, educating their employees, and purchasing renewable energy. Many companies in Region 5 have shown their leadership by becoming Climate Leaders partners
Region 5 encourages businesses, local governments, and other organizations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save on costs through EPA's energy efficiency and climate change partnership programs.
Region 5 has staff contacts for each of these EPA Partnership programs that your organization can join:
- Energy Star:Reduce energy use and save money
- Climate Leaders: Reduce your carbon footprint as a corporate environmental leader
- Green Power Partnership: Purchase clean energy
- Combined Heat and Power: Produce heat and electricity efficiently
- SmartWay Transport Partnership: Save fuel and reduce diesel emissions
- WasteWise: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing waste
- WaterSense: Save water and energy
- Landfill Methane Outreach Program: Use landfill methane to produce energy
- Green Infrastructure: Manage runoff and reduce energy use
- Sustainable Water Infrastructure: Improve the efficiency of water treatment
- Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative:Green your diesel fleet
- eCycling: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by recycling electronics
- Green Buildings: Construct and retrofit buildings to improve the indoor environment and reduce energy use, water use and waste
- Green Venues: Minimize the environmental impacts of events and meetings
- Urban Heat Island: Cool your community and reduce greenhouse gas emissions