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EPA Confers Honors for Climate and Ozone Protection

Release Date: 05/17/2006
Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, (202) 564-4355 / smith.roxanne@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - May 17, 2006) Food growers and producers, a pet food company, and a personal care products company are among the 23 individuals, organizations and companies from around the world that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing for their efforts to protect the Earth's climate and stratospheric ozone layer.

"By conserving resources and committing to renewable power, these leading companies are proving that doing what is good for the environment can also be good for business," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Building on President Bush's unparalleled commitment to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, EPA is working with our partners at home and abroad to reduce their climate footprints in cost-effective ways."

Last year, the winners of the climate protection award and the stratospheric protection award collectively purchased more than 1.5 million megawatt hours of green power to avoid burning fossil fuels. They also generated wind and solar power onsite, increased energy efficiency, recycled refrigerants, and slashed the use of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.

EPA has honored 495 individuals and organizations from 40 countries since the annual stratospheric ozone protection awards began in 1990. Subsequently, EPA focused special attention on the reduction of greenhouse gases and protection of the Earth's climate when it began the climate protection awards in 1998 and has recognized 122 individuals and organizations from 16 countries since then.

2006 Climate Protection Award Winners:

Arizona Public Service Co., Phoenix, Ariz.
Baxter International Inc., Deerfield, Ill.
DENSO Corp., Kariya, Japan
IBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y.
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J.
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo.
The United States Air Force
Yokota Tohoku Co., Tokyo, Japan
Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide, Lansdale, Pa.
Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, Canberra, Australia
Barry G. Rabe, University of Michigan, Plymouth, Mich.
Mayor Gregory J. Nickels, Seattle, Wash.
Susan J. Brown, California Energy Commission, Sacramento, Calif.

2006 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award Winners:

Kampffmeyer Mills, Hamburg, Germany
Nestlé Purina PetCare North America, St. Louis, Mo.
The Ozone Hole Website, Pocono Pines, Pa.
Australian Strawberry and Vegetable Growers, Australia
California Strawberry Commission, Watsonville, Calif.
The CFC Committee of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association of Japan, Japan
COEXPHAL and ECOHAL, Spain
Environmental Investigation Agency, London, United Kingdom
John B. Mueller, Fumigation Service and Supply, Westfield, Ind.
The Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring Team, United States

Information on stratospheric ozone award winners: epa.gov/ozone/awards/

Information on climate protection award winners: epa.gov/cppd/awards/climproawards.htm