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Fifth Third Receives Energy Opportunist Award in Michigan for Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

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Pictured, from left to right, are Cheri Holman, executive director of USGBC West Michigan, Al Druckenmiller, Fifth Third property portfolio manager, Karen Privasky, Fifth Third property portfolio manager, Dwight Vance, CBRE chief building engineer, and Joshua Postma, Fifth Third property portfolio manager.

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings presented Fifth Third Bank with the Energy Opportunist Award at the Seventh-Annual Michigan Energy Summit on Aug. 12. The award recognized the results achieved from a significant energy reduction project at the Bank’s Corporate Service Center campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With an impressive estimated savings of 1.6 million kWh per year, the Fifth Third team completed a full-scale LED conversion of more than 6,000 fixtures and an integrated lighting controls system that was proposed, approved and completed in 2020, resulting in an over 80% reduction in interior lighting load.

“When faced with a crisis, the competitors of Michigan Battle of the Buildings were quick to adapt to a changing world,” said Cheri Holman, Executive Director of USGBC West Michigan. “The energy strategies of this year’s awardees are ingenious and emulate how they put public safety at the forefront of their operations. We are extremely grateful for all of their efforts.”

Michigan Battle of the Buildings is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan. It is the largest voluntary biggest-loser-styled energy competition in the country. The program is organized by the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan along with partners including Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, Detroit Lions, Hedrick Associates, Founders Brewing, and Boxed Water.  For more information please visit: 

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