PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - The Green Building Initiative (GBI) and Energy Solutions Center (ESC) recently entered a marketing affiliation agreement to introduce ESC members, a trade association of gas utilities, and their clients, to the Green Globes rating, assessment, and certification system. The two organizations will collaborate to provide commercial consumers of natural gas information to help make their buildings more energy efficient.

GBI is the exclusive U.S. licensee of Green Globes, a tool that enables commercial building owners to evaluate their energy performance, reduce energy consumption, and evaluate other aspects related to the sustainability of their buildings.

"Through the partnership with Green Globes, the Energy Solutions Center can more readily provide guidance and direction to hundreds of utility professionals and thousands of commercial customers about options for construction and maintenance of green buildings," said Eric Burgis, Director of Commercial Markets for the Energy Solutions Center.

"Green Globes offers commercial consumers of natural gas a practical, affordable way to evaluate and improve their environmental performance," added Joe Pinelli, VP and General Manager, Green Globes at the Green Building Initiative. "The affiliation agreement will open the door for gas company clients to adopt design and management practices that result in energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable buildings."

The Green Building Initiative is the exclusive U.S. licensee of Green Globes®, a nationally recognized green building guidance and assessment program that offers an effective, practical and affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. www.thegbi.org

Energy Solutions Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization of energy utilities and equipment manufacturers that promotes energy efficient natural gas solutions and systems for use by residential, commercial, and industrial energy users. The Center creates business development opportunities to enhance the success of those utility customer service professionals responsible for enhancing customer productivity, efficiency, reliability and comfort. www.energysolutionscenter.org

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