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Small Businesses and Congregations Improve Energy Efficiency and Fight Climate Change / EPA names nine Energy Star small business and congregation award winners

Release Date: 09/21/2010
Contact Information: Stacy Kika, Kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing nine small businesses and congregations for their achievements in the fight against climate change. Through effective energy management practices and innovative efficiency solutions, all nine organizations demonstrate that no matter the size, it is possible to save money and use significantly less energy and to power the buildings where Americans work, play, and learn.

The nine organizations all used different tactics to save energy in their buildings. Examples include installing programmable thermostats, lighting sensors, insulation, and a white roof; upgrading to more efficient LED and compact fluorescent lighting and Energy Star qualified equipment; and supporting employee energy-conscious behaviors. Together, these award-winning organizations reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from the annual electricity use of more than 650 homes, while saving more than $850,000 on their energy bills.

The 2010 Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Award winners used tools and resources provided by EPA’s Energy Star program to develop their plans and measure and track their accomplishments. By strategically managing the energy performance of their facilities, these small businesses and congregations cut utility costs without sacrificing features, convenience, style, or comfort while making significant contributions to a cleaner environment.

The small business award winners are AutoFair Companies (Manchester, N.H.), Dagher Engineering (New York, N.Y.), Engineering Excellence (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Patriot Subaru (Saco, Maine).

The congregations award winners are First Baptist Church of Orlando (Orlando, Fla.), First Parish Needham (Needham, Mass.), Lakewood Church (Houston, Texas), Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church (Monroe, Ga.), and Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (Swarthmore, Pa.).

More about the 2010 Energy Star Small Business Award winners: http://www.energystar.gov/SmallBizAwards

More about the 2010 Energy Star Congregation Award winners: http://www.energystar.gov/CongregationAwards