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WaterSense

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. To earn the WaterSense label, products must use 20% less water, be equivalent or superior to their counterparts, and must be tested by an independent third party certifying body. Schaumburg partnered with WaterSense in 2009 to promote water conservation and efficiency in the village.


ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is a joint program between the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that was created to help us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

In 1992 the EPA introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ENERGY STAR label is now on over 60 product categories including major appliances, office equipment, lighting, and home electronics. EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.

The typical household spends $2,200 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save more than 30% or more than $700 per year, with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort.

"Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR" is a national campaign encouraging all Americans to join with millions of others and take small, individual steps that make a big difference in the fight against global warming. Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge to reduce your energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.


Waste Wise

WasteWise was launched by the EPA in 1994 and has more than 2,000 partners who have joined together to reduce solid waste disposal in our nation's landfills. WasteWise partners range from small local governments and nonprofit organizations to large, multinational corporations from all industry sectors.

WasteWise engages their partners to help educate their members and constituents about the benefits of reducing solid waste such as corrugated containers; office paper; yard trimmings; packaging; and wood pallets. Schaumburg joined the partnership in 2009.