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EPA Honors Climate and Stratospheric Ozone Protection

Release Date: 05/04/2005
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Contact: John Millett, 202-564-4355

(Washington, D.C. -- 05/04/05)) Coca-Cola, McDonalds, 3M, American Electric Power, Cinergy, and the cities of Boulder, Colo., and Syracuse, N.Y., are among the 25 individuals, teams, organizations and companies from around the world that EPA will recognize for outstanding efforts to protect the Earth's climate and stratospheric ozone layer. The award recipients have demonstrated ingenuity, leadership and public purpose by achieving reductions of ozone depleting and heat-trapping gas emissions.

Millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and ozone-depleting substances have been avoided due to the efforts of the award winners, EPA estimates. The winners have introduced new and improved technologies that reduce harmful emissions in refrigeration, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and car air conditioning, improving the environmental performance of these industries well into the future.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony this evening at the Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C. Since the annual Stratospheric Protection Awards began in 1990, EPA has honored 485 individuals and organizations from 40 countries. EPA began the Climate Protection Awards in 1998 and has so far recognized 110 individuals and organizations from 16 countries.

2005 Climate Protection Award Winners:

American Electric Power, Columbus, Ohio
City of Boulder, Colo.
The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, Calif.
Cinergy, Cincinnati, Ohio
Connecticut Governor's Steering Committee, Conn.
Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, Wis.
3M, St. Paul, Minn.
McDonald's, Coca-Cola, & Unilever Refrigerants Naturally Partnership, UK and USA
Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Stakeholders, R.I.
City of Syracuse, N.Y.
United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Conn.
York International, York, Penn.

Mr. Sandeep Ganesh, Winrock International, India
Ms. Sonia Hamel, Office of Commonwealth Development, Mass.
Dr. Hideki Nishida, Hitachi Displays, Mobara, Japan

Improved Mobile Air Conditioning Organizing Team, USA
Tufts Climate Initiative, Medford, Mass.

2005 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards:

Raley's Family of Fine Stores, West Sacramento, Calif.

Paul Horwitz, United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya
Dr. Mark L. Robin, Hughes Associates, Baltimore, Md.

The Alternative Fluorocarbons Environmental Acceptability Study, the Programme for Alternative
Fluorocarbon Toxicity Testing, and the Ultraviolet Monitoring and Assessment Programme, Arlington, Va.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and its Appliance Research Consortium, Washington, D.C.
Department of Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
OzonAction Programme of United Nations Environment Programme's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, France
Ozone Science Tiger Team, Canada and USA

For further information and to learn what winners did to earn the EPA's Climate Protection or Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, visit: or .