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EPA Honors Six North Carolina Companies as 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year

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ATLANTA- (April 2, 2018) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 163 ENERGY STAR partners – including Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators – for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. These enterprises will be named ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. Recipients of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award come from 35 states and include: Best Buy, Eastman Chemical, Energy Inspectors, Inc., Entergy Mississippi and GE Lighting.

2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year in North Carolina include:

  • Food Lion (Salisbury, NC), Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence for Energy Management
  • Atrium Health (Charlotte, NC), Partner of the Year – Energy Management
  • Building Efficiency LLC (Brevard, NC), Partner of the Year – Home Energy Rater
  • Hanesbrand Inc. (Winston, NC), Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence for Energy Management
  • Pentair (Sanford, NC), Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence for Product Brand Owner
  • Nationwide Marketing Group (Winston Salem, NC). Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence for Retailer

The awards will be presented in Washington, DC, at the Washington Hilton Hotel on April 20, 2018. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Bill Wehrum, together with Patti Poppe, CEO of CMS Energy, will deliver keynote presentations.

“The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum.

“I congratulate our Energy Star Partners of the Year for their leadership and demonstrated commitment to developing energy-efficient solutions,” said EPA Regional Administrator Trey Glenn. “Their efforts play an important role in protecting the environment by reducing emissions in their communities.”

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For over 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity while achieving broad emissions reductions.

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ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well informed decisions.

Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses over $450 billion and over 3.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action.

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