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EPA Honors 2015 Energy Star Partners of the Year for Leading the Way on Energy Efficiency and Acting on Climate Agency recognizes 128 partners including some in Maryland Area
WASHINGTON, DC (April 6, 2015) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 128 organizations today for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Energy Star partners are contributing to the prevention of more than 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency improvements.
"This year's Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners demonstrate leadership and innovation that help their customers, partners, and stakeholders save energy while remaining competitive in today's economy," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "These partners are to be congratulated for their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our climate."
The awards will be presented in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on April 20th. EPA Administrator McCarthy and Jim Gibbons, Goodwill Industries International President and CEO, will provide keynote remarks.
"Energy Star partners help families, individuals, and businesses become more energy-efficient," said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson. "By offering energy-efficient products, services, and programs, this year's awardees continue to provide Americans with lower utility bills, new jobs, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions."
Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity are being recognized for a multitude of achievements including providing affordable housing to low-income families through energy efficiency where monthly utility bills average $78 for a 1,200-square-foot ENERGY STAR certified home.
Winners in the Maryland area include Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. in Baltimore, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative in Hughesville, Columbia Association in Columbia and Bob Ward Companies in Edgewood.
Organizations are recognized in the following categories:
Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence: The 79 Sustained Excellence winners continue to demonstrate remarkable leadership each year in the Energy Star program while remaining committed to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.
Partner of the Year: Fifty-one organizations have been awarded the Partner of the Year award for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. These organizations promote Energy Star products and practices in their own operations, while providing energy-efficient products and services to their customers.
Home Performance with Energy Star: Seven of the total winners are winning at least in part for their superior efforts in promoting the Home Performance with Energy Star program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy with support from EPA.
Climate Communications: The seven Climate Communications winners have raised their customers' awareness of the impacts of climate change. Through their efforts, these partners illustrate how energy-efficient behaviors have a positive impact on the environment while encouraging customers to save energy and protect the climate.
Excellence: Six winners are receiving awards in part for their exceptional efforts to provide energy-efficient housing to low-income communities through the Home Performance with Energy Star program. The remaining organizations are receiving Excellence Awards for demonstrating outstanding promotion of energy-efficient products, homes, or buildings.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star Certified Homes program, nine home builders are receiving special recognition for their longstanding and continuous commitment to constructing ENERGY STAR certified homes.
Energy Star has over 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders.
Complete list of winners: www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.
Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA's Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing carbon pollution by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.