Sears, Ricoh, Canon and Bentall Kennedy were just a few companies to earn the 2017 EPA Energy Star awards.
Sears Holdings earned the “Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award” from the EPA for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The company reduced energy consumption in 2015 by 8% compared to 2016. Sears has also reduced electricity usage by more than 746 million kWh since 2008.
Imaging and electronics company Ricoh was awarded 2017 “Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner.” The company realized a reduction in electricity usage of more than 7 million kWhs from 2015 to 2016, saving 11.4 million pounds of greenhouse gasses in the same period.
Canon USA, Inc. also received the 2017 Energy Star “Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner” award for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products. This is the second consecutive year the digital imaging solutions company has earned the award, and the third time overall.
Bentall Kennedy, a commercial real estate advising company, walked away with the “Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence” award for the seventh year in a row. Attributable to the win was the fact the company has increased the number of Energy Star certified properties in its portfolio from 25 to 36 and, according to Bentall Kennedy president and COO Amy Price, has helped clients and tenants achieve more than $37 million in energy savings while reducing carbon emissions.
CBRE Group – a Los Angeles-based Fortune 500 commercial real estate services and investment firm – has been recognized for the 10th consecutive year for its Energy Star performance.
The EPA’s Energy Star program, a 25-year-old federal initiative to promote energy efficiency nationwide, is targeted for elimination under President Trump. The EPA says the program has achieved 85 percent public aware as a symbol of energy efficiency, has saved $362 billion in utility bills, and has reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 billion KWh.
“It’s a really simple, effective program,” Noah Horowitz, director and senior scientist at the National Resource Defense Council’s Center for Energy Efficiency, Energy, and Transportation Program, told Digital Trends. “There’s a lot of brand recognition, and all the manufacturers, retailers, and utilities have bought into it,” said Horowitz. “It’s delivered massive results.”
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