EPA Administrator Christie Whitman presented Energy Star Partner Awards to 36 businesses and organizations in recognition of their efforts to enhance energy efficiency and reduce global warming gases. ENERGY STAR, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will recognize such organizations as Food Lion and General Motors for their voluntary leadership.

"Successful partnerships have always been integral to achieving our environmental protection goals," said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. "Today, we honor the 2002 Energy Star Partner Award winners who serve as models to other businesses and organizations, proving you can improve our environment while saving energy and money."

In 2001 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $5 billion in energy costs and reduced pollution equivalent to taking 10 million cars off the road. More than 750 million Energy Star products have been sold, more than 55,000 new homes have earned the Energy Star, and more than 10,000 office buildings, schools, supermarkets and hotels have benchmarked their energy performance as a basis for future progress. All this has been accomplished without sacrificing product features, quality or personal comfort.

"For 10 years the Energy Star program has inspired energy efficiency in businesses and organizations throughout the country," Whitman added, "We look forward to another 10 years of working with our partners towards increased environmental protection."

Energy Star was established by EPA in 1992 to offer energy saving and pollution preventing solutions for consumers and businesses. Energy Star now works with more than 7,000 partners to improve the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings.

The 36 Energy Star Award winners will receive awards in five categories. They are:

Excellence in Efficient Products:

  • Alside (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
  • Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Lake Success, N.Y.)
  • Good Earth Lighting (Wheeling, Ill.)
  • Maytag Corporation (Newton, Iowa)
  • Panasonic (Secaucus, N.J.)
  • Philips Lighting Company (Somerset, N.J.)
  • Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
  • VELUX America Inc. (Greenwood, S.C.)
  • Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, Mich.)
  • GE Lighting (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (Chicago, Ill.)
  • OSRAM SYLVANIA (Danvers, Mass.)
Excellence in Energy Management
  • Arden Realty, Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. (Natick, Mass.)
  • Food Lion, LLC (Salisbury, N.C.)
  • General Motors Corporation (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Hines (Houston, Texas)
  • Jefferson County Public Schools (Golden, Colo.)
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.)
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (Washington, D.C.)
  • Servidyne Systems, LLC (Atlanta, Ga.)
Excellence in Homes
  • Champion Enterprises, Inc. (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
  • D.R. Wastchak, L.L.C. (Tempe, Ariz.)
  • Ence Homes (St. George, Utah)
  • New Jersey Energy Star Homes (Mount Laurel, N.J.)
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (Burlington, Vt.)
  • Reliant Energy HL&P (Houston, Texas)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Albany, N.Y.)
Excellence in Consumer Education:
  • Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (Lexington, Mass.)
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (Portland, Ore.)
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (Madison, Wis.)
Excellence in Corporate Commitment:
  • Verizon Communications Inc. (Albany, N.Y.)
Special Recognition Awards:
  • Hunter Fans (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Royal Vendors, Inc. (Kearneysville, W.Va.)
  • Lowe's Home Improvement (North Wilkesboro, N.C.)