The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded 128 entities from 33 states with the 2015 ENERGY STAR’s Partner of the Year award for their commitments and efforts in energy efficiency and environmental protection.
The winners, which were chosen from a network of 16,000 ENERGY STAR partners, were deemed to be leaders in their industries both in the production of energy-efficient products and services, and in the adoption of corporate strategies for energy reduction.
In 2014 alone, ENERGY STAR partners prevented 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and reduced utility bills in the U.S. by $34 billion. The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award helps to draw attention to some of the sustained leaders in energy efficiency, their best practices, and the success stories that can motivate companies and consumers nationwide to adopt energy efficient strategies of their own.
Tennessee’s ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville earned the Sustained Excellence Partner of the Year Award for New Homes Construction. The organization has incorporated energy efficiency into its affordable housing offerings for low-income families by allowing people to purchase Energy Star certified homes with monthly utility bills that average $78 for a 1,200 square-foot home. The organization also partners with Energy Star certified product vendors, so that homeowners can save even more on monthly utility bills.
Tennessee-based Nissan North America, Inc. and Eastman Chemical Company were both awarded the Sustained Excellence Partner of the Year Award for Energy Management. This award is given to entities that adopt a continuous energy management strategy across their entire portfolio of buildings and plants.
Of particular note, Nissan North America improved its U.S. enterprise energy efficiency by 13 percent over 2013 and by 35 percent since 2009. The company promoted energy efficiency awareness by including an energy efficiency flyer in Nissan LEAF glove boxes, and assisted in the ENERGY STAR certification of 5 K-12 schools in Tennessee and the recertification of 19 schools in Mississippi.
Eastman Chemical Company received its recognition in part because of its efficient operation of cogeneration facilities, but also because of its emphasis on the manufacturing of energy efficient chemical distillation systems. Eastman improved its energy consumption since 2008 by roughly eight percent, avoiding $29 million in energy costs in 2014 alone. Furthermore, the company encourages employees to take steps towards more active energy reduction via its successful “Superhero” campaign.
TEEI congratulates Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, Nissan North America and Eastman Chemical on being named ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year.
The full list of 2015 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year can be found here: http://www.energystar.gov/about/awards/2015_energy_star_award_winners.