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EPA Recognizes Kentucky Energy Star Partners for Significantly Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Release Date: 04/02/2008
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. - April 2, 2008) Kentucky Energy Star partners are among those showcased in a report released by EPA for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. The report, “Profiles in Leadership, 2008 Energy Star Award Winners,” highlights 74 award-winning organizations across many sectors of the U.S. economy, including schools, hospitals, real estate, manufacturing, chemicals, and home building.

The award winners were selected from over 12,000 organizations that partner in the ENERGY STAR program. Through their pioneering efforts, the winners have made substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by means of energy efficiency and awareness. They include large and small organizations and those with long track records of success as well as those that are quickly excelling in their partnership.

In 2007, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $16 billion on their energy bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles. To date, more than 2.5 billion Energy Star qualified products have been sold, and nearly 840,000 new homes and 4,000 office buildings, schools, hospitals, and public buildings have earned the Energy Star. Energy Star qualified products, homes, and buildings provide the quality, features, and personal comfort today’s consumers expect.

The 2008 Energy Star winners are:

Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence
GE Consumer & Industrial (Louisville, Ky.)
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (Erlanger, Ky.)

Energy Star Award for Excellence
Ideal Homebuilders (Lexington, Ky.)

Energy Star was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 12,000 organizations are Energy Star partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings, and businesses.

For specific information on each winner, visit: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/pt_awards/2008_profiles_in_leadership.pdf

For more information about Energy Star, visit: http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).