DOE and EPA Recognize Energy Star Partners and Retailers
April 1, 2009
DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized business, regional groups, and government entities on March 31 for their work in the Energy Star program, either through achieving major energy savings or helping consumers save money. A total of 89 awards were presented during the ceremony in Washington, D.C., including awards for Sustained Excellence, Partners of the Year, and Awards for Excellence. Winners for Sustained Excellence included companies such as Whirlpool Corporation, which was recognized for its work in appliance manufacturing; GE Consumer & Industrial for appliances and lighting manufacturing; Gorell Enterprises, Inc. for windows, doors and skylights; Osram Sylvania for lighting manufacturing; Pella Corporation for window manufacturing; and ProVia Door, Inc. for door manufacturing. In the "Partners of the Year" category, Bosch Home Appliances was recognized in the field of appliance manufacturing, and TCP was recognized in lighting manufacturing.
Many of the awards were also presented to recognize work in retailing Energy Star products. Lowe's was recognized as the Partner of the Year for Retail; Best Buy for Excellence in Appliance and Electronics Retailing; Nationwide Marketing Group for Excellence in Retail Promotion; Menards for Excellence in Home Improvement Retail; and Sears Holding for Special Recognition for Retail Commitment. In addition, Actus Lend Lease received an award for Excellence in Energy Star Promotions for its role in the "Operation Change Out" military campaign. The campaign aimed to increase the use of compact fluorescent lamps in military installations nationwide. See the DOE press release and the Operation Change Out Web page on the Energy Star Web site, as well as a complete list of the 2009 Energy Star Award winners.
Energy Star is a program run jointly by DOE and the EPA, which serves as a voluntary partnership between government and commercial organizations. Products have to meet stringent requirements for energy efficiency in order to be Energy Star-qualified. These energy-efficient products help consumers to save energy while reducing their overall carbon emissions. More than 12,000 organizations have joined Energy Star as partners, and the Energy Star label appears on more than 40 kinds of products. See the Energy Star Web site.