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Irvine, Calif. non-profit developer receives ENERGY STAR award
Release Date: 05/08/2008
Contact Information: Wendy Chavez, 415/947-4248, firstname.lastname@example.org
(San Francisco, Calif. -- 05/08/2008) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded an Irvine, Calif. non-profit developer an Energy Star award for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
Jamboree Housing Corporation received the Energy Star’s Excellence in Affordable Housing award for its efforts from 2003 to present to incorporate energy-efficient appliances or practices at its developments for workforce families and lower-income seniors that began with 348 apartment units, to 154 currently under construction, and 746 under renovation.
“The EPA applauds Jamboree Housing for its leadership in energy efficiency by bringing EnergyStar products to the population it serves,” said Deborah Jordan, the EPA’s Air Division director for the Pacific Southwest. “EnergyStar products save energy, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent pollution and lower energy bills.”
Jamboree serves families and seniors with a household income between 30-80 percent of the area median income, with an emphasis in the 50-60 percent range. The median household income for residents living in Jamboree communities is $19,000.
The EPA awarded 12 Excellence in Affordable Housing awards nationwide that include two national winners. The award recognizes governments, non-profits, non-governmental organizations or utilities that have made exceptional or market-leading contributions toward advancing energy efficiency in affordable housing through the use of Energy Star-qualified products and appliances or Energy Star’s residential construction guidelines.
The national winners were two of seventy-nine annual Energy Star award winners. The award categories included Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year, Energy Star Award for Excellence and Special Recognition. The seventy-nine award winners were selected from over 12,000 organizations that partner with the Energy Star program to improve the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses.
In 2007, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $16 billion on their energy bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles. To date, more than 2.5 billion Energy Star-qualified products have been sold, and nearly 840,000 new homes and 4,000 office buildings, schools, hospitals, and public buildings have earned the Energy Star. Energy Star-qualified products, homes, and buildings provide the quality, features, and personal comfort today's consumers expect.
Energy Star was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations.
For more information visit: http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).