Belfast — Goodwill Industries of Northern New England earned Energy Star status from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Belfast store at 13 Goodwill Drive and the Rockland store at 202 Camden St.
Buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation. In order to receive to receive Energy Star status, buildings must be performing 75 percent or higher than similar buildings for 13 consecutive months.
The Belfast store received an Energy Performance rating of 79 and the Rockland store received an Energy Performance rating of 77.
The Belfast and Rockland stores opened in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The buildings were originally engineered for Energy Star compliance and constructed with several environmentally friendly features, including an energy-efficient HVAC system, updated flooring and “green” windows to offset energy consumption.
Goodwill’s headquarters in Portland also earned Energy Star status.
“We are very proud of our achievement,” said Randy Finamore, senior vice president of retail services. “Goodwill is committed to improving the sustainability of our operations, energy efficiency, fuel conservation and other initiatives to reduce and eliminate harmful impacts on the environment. We look forward to continuously improving our operations.”
To learn more about Goodwill’s sustainability achievements, visit goodwillnne.org/sustainability.
Goodwill will host ceremonies open to the public at both stores Thursday, April 21. Goodwill in Belfast will hold its ceremony at 10 a.m. and Goodwill in Rockland will hold its ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
For the Belfast celebration, Jack Driscoll, executive director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, will share a few words. Sen. Mike Thibodeau and Rep. Erin Herbig have been invited.
For the Rockland celebration, Shari Closter, executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Rep. Edward Mazurek have been invited.