April 1, 2020

Columbia, MD, March 31, 2020 – Columbia Association (CA) is proud to announce that it received a 2020 ENERGY STAR® Award for Excellence for its important contributions to energy efficiency. CA’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. next year. 

CA, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2012, will be honored for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion. “We are excited to be recognized as a leader in promoting efforts to reduce energy consumption, lower utility costs, and protect the climate,” said Jeremy Scharfenberg, CA energy manager. Over the last seven years, CA has worked aggressively throughout its building portfolio to advance clean energy practices and promote ENERGY STAR programs in the community. ENERGY STAR products and programs are some of the most effective ways members of our community can reduce the threat of climate change.

CA’s approach to promoting energy efficiency and sustainability through ENERGY STAR included: 1) Broad community engagement through quarterly energy meetings and participation in fairs and workshops; 2) Promotion of ENERGY STAR products and programs through print, electronic, and social media; and 3) Significant advocacy for the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program centered on a residential energy efficiency cooperative managed by CA and a non-profit teaming partner. 

“I salute the 2020 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.” ENERGY STAR Excellence Awards are given to companies and organizations in recognition of important contributions to energy efficiency. For a complete list of 2020 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association is a nonprofit community services corporation that manages Columbia, Maryland, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses — and was named the No. 1 small city to live in by Money Magazine in 2016. Additional information about CA is available at


ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations, including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, rely on their partnership with the EPA to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity with associated reductions of over 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid nearly $35 billion in energy costs. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: and can also be found at 

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