ATLANTA -- As a part of the celebration of Energy Star's 20th anniversary, two organizations in Florida were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2012 Energy Star award. This award was given because of their outstanding leadership and commitment to protecting America’s environment through superior energy efficiency.
Award for Excellence
Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance of Orlando, Florida is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders, including professional and trade organizations, local governments, academia, and utilities, that are committed to conserving energy and natural resources through environmentally and socially responsible energy and building management practices.
Award for Sustained Excellence
Manitowoc Foodservice of New Port Richey, Florida, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., is a world leader in innovative foodservice kitchen and restaurant equipment solutions. Manitowoc Foodservice designs, manufactures, and supplies food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market. The company has a portfolio of brands including Delfield, Frymaster, Garland, Manitowoc Ice, and others. In 2011, the company built on its practice of leadership in bringing qualified commercial foodservice products to market and educating end-users on the benefits of ENERGY STAR.
Over the past 20 years, with help from Energy Star partners, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution. Nationally, the 109 Energy Star award winners were chosen from nearly 20,000 partners from across the nation. Organizations are recognized in one of four Energy Star award categories: corporate commitment, sustained excellence, partner of the year, and excellence in delivering specific promotions.
Launched in 1992 by EPA, Energy Star is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of the Energy Star program and its partners, saved approximately $23 billion on their energy bills while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 41 million vehicles. To date, more than 1.3 million new homes and nearly 16,500 buildings across all 50 states have earned EPA's Energy Star certification. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products with more than 5 billion sold over the past 20 years.
Complete list of 2012 award winners: www.energystar.gov/awards
More information on Energy Star 20th Anniversary: www.energystar.gov/