The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring a select group of manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, home builders and other organizations as 2010 Energy Star award winners. These organizations are being recognized for their long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency.
"Organizations across the country and around the world are now making energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact a priority," said EPA regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin. "I commend this year's Energy Star Award winners for leading the way in that transition."
2010 Energy Star Award winners in the mid-Atlantic region are: Building Owners and Managers Association International, Washington, D.C.; Community Housing Partners, Christiansburg, Va.; Continental Refrigerator, Bensalem, Pa.; Council Rock School District, Newtown Pa.; Giant Eagle Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Gorell Enterprises Inc., Indiana, Pa.; Loudon County Public Schools, Ashburn, Va.; PECO Energy Company, Philadelphia, Pa.: Saint-Gobain Corporation, Valley Forge, Pa.; Sunoco Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.; and, West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, University Park, Pa.
Organizations are recognized in one of three major award categories: Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year, and Excellence. The 50 Sustained Excellence winners have continued to exhibit exceptional leadership year after year in the Energy Star program while remaining dedicated to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency. Forty organizations are receiving Partner of the Year for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. These organizations promote Energy Star products and practices in their own operations, in addition to providing efficient products and services to consumers and within their community. Twenty organizations are recognized with an Excellence award for a specific activity to promote energy-efficient products, homes or buildings thereby helping to expand the reach of the Energy Star program.
American consumers and businesses have been saving energy and protecting the environment for more than two decades by partnering with EPA’s Energy Star program. In 2009 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles. To date, 1 million new homes and nearly 9,000 office buildings, schools, hospitals and public buildings have earned the Energy Star. Since 2000, 3 billion Energy Star certified products have been sold.
A complete list of the winners: http://www.energystar.gov/awards