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EPA Recognizes 3 Texas Businesses as ENERGY STAR Leaders

Release Date: 11/17/2004
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

      Granite Properties of Plano, HEB Grocery Company of San Antonio, and USAA Real Estate Company of San Antonio are three of the 18 organizations nationwide named as ENERGY STAR Leaders today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for demonstrating superior energy management and environmental leadership.  

      "These businesses prove that superior energy management is the cornerstone of strong energy, environmental, and financial performance," EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene said.  "By managing their energy well, these organizations are showing their leadership, improving their financial performance and helping to protect the environment."

      ENERGY STAR partners who demonstrate organization-wide continuous improvement in energy efficiency qualify for EPA's new ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition.  EPA designates ENERGY STAR Leaders based on an organization's actual energy efficiency, as measured using EPA's energy performance rating system.  

      The rating system provides an objective, standardized approach for measuring the efficiency of an entire building, or building portfolio, on a 100 point scale.  More than 19,000 buildings across the country have used the rating system to help manage their energy use and reduce costs.  

      The companies earned recognition for establishing energy efficiency baselines for all their buildings, a critical step in successful energy management.  In addition, each achieved an energy rating of 75 or better for each of their building portfolios.  These organizations are poised to realize significant energy savings in the future.  

      The EPA introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency.  More than 8,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of businesses, products and homes.  

      For a complete list of ENERGY STAR Leaders and more information about the program, please visit  More information is also available toll free at  1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).