Rotary International’s world headquarters building in Evanston has earned an Energy Star rating from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The Rotary building, 1650 Sherman Ave.

Rotary International’s world headquarters building in Evanston has earned an Energy Star rating from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Commercial buildings and factories that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the award.

Rotary General Secretary Ed Futa said the award shows the group’s “commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star award use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

One Rotary Center, at 1560 Sherman Ave., has improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically throughout the building and making cost-effective improvements. Rotary officials say those steps have led to an estimated $300,000 reduction in energy bills over the past three years.

Rotary International, headquartered in Evanston since 1954, is one of the city’s 10 largest employers with more than 500 staff support Rotary’s nearly 33,000 clubs around the world.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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