Sears, LG, Xcel, Lowe’s Among Energy Star Winners

by | Mar 16, 2012

Sears Holdings Corporation has won the Energy Star Corporate Commitment Award in recognition of what the EPA-run program calls its superior achievements in energy efficiency.

Sears won the top Energy Star award for achievements that included increasing the amount of Energy Star-qualified decorative lighting products, power tools and washing machines it sells and reducing company-wide energy consumption by 6.5 kBtu per square foot, representing a 4.3-percent improvement in energy efficiency in 2011.

The company also improved energy efficiency by more than 10 percent across its entire portfolio of Kmart buildings through 2011, Energy Star says.

Over 100 other companies were recognized with an award, including home improvement retailer Lowe’s, utility Xcel Energy and LG Electronics.

Lowe’s won an Award for Sustained Excellence as recognition of the thousands of Energy Star-qualified products available across the store, along with renewable energy products and electric vehicle chargers. The company was also recognized for using its nationwide training program to build knowledge of Energy Star among its more than 234,000 corporate, distribution center and in-store employees.

Xcel won an Award for Sustained Excellence for its continued delivery of its Energy Star-certified new homes program. Key accomplishments in 2011 include recruiting an additional 12 builders and two rating companies in Minnesota for a total of more than 125 builders and 16 rating companies actively participating in its the New Homes program. The top 10 builders in the state all participate in the program, Energy Star says.

Consumer electronics firm LG’s North American arm won an Energy Star Partner of the Year award in recognition of of its commitment to Energy Star-qualified products and employee education programs.

The company increased the sales of its Energy Star-qualified products by nearly 30 percent over 2010 and produced 406 such appliances and electronics models in 2011, 21 more than the number qualified in 2010, Energy Star says.

Several companies announced they had won awards earlier this month, prior the the EPA’s official announcement. The full list of this year’s winners is as follows (each links to a summary of the company’s achievements):

Corporate Commitment Award

Sears Holdings Corporation

Award for Sustained Excellence

3M Company (St. Paul , MN)
APS (Arizona Public Service) (Phoenix, AZ)
Andersen Corporation (Bayport, MN)
ArcelorMittal (Chicago, IL)
Austin Energy (Austin, TX)
BSH Home Appliances Corporation (Irvine, CA)
Bentall Kennedy (US) (Seattle, WA)
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International (Washington, DC)
CBRE Group, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
CalPortland Company (Glendora, CA)
CenterPoint Energy (Houston, TX)
Ecova, Inc. (Spokane, WA)
Energy Education, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Energy Inspectors (San Marcos, CA)
Energy Trust of Oregon (Portland, OR)
EnergyLogic (Berthoud, CO)
Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA)
Focus on Energy (Middleton, WI)
Food Lion Family, Bloom, and Bottom Dollar Food (Salisbury, NC)
GE Appliances and Lighting (Louisville, KY)
Gresham-Barlow School District (Gresham, OR)
HEI Hospitality LLC (Norwalk, CT)
Hanesbrands Inc. (Winston Salem, NC)
Hines (Houston, TX)
Hobart Corporation, Division of ITW Food Equipment Group, LLC (Troy, OH)
JCPenney Company, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Joint Management Committee (Waltham, MA)
Jones Lang LaSalle (Chicago, IL)
KB Home – Corporate (Los Angeles, CA)
Kohls Department Stores, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Loudoun County Public Schools (Broadlands, VA)
Lowe’s Home Improvement (Mooresville, NC)
Manitowoc Foodservice (New Port Richey, FL)
Merck (Whitehouse Station, NJ)
Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity (Nashville, TN)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Trenton, NJ)
New Mexico Gas Company (Albuquerque, NM)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (Albany, NY)
New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY)
Nissan North America, Inc. (Smyrna, TN)
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (NEEP) (Lexington, MA)
Oncor (Dallas, TX)
Panasonic Home & Environment Company (Secaucus, NJ)
PepsiCo, Inc. (Purchase, NY)
Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) (Albuquerque, NM)
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) (Tulsa, OK)
Questar Gas Company (Salt Lake City, UT)
Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
SCIenergy (Atlanta, GA)
Saint-Gobain (Valley Forge, PA)
Southern California Edison (SCE) (Rosemead, CA)
Southern Energy Management (Morrisville, NC)
Teachers Insurance and Annuity TIAA-CREF (New York, NY)
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Erlanger, KY)
USAA Real Estate Company (Irvine, CA)
Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
Xcel Energy (Minneapolis, MN)

Partner of the Year

AEP Ohio (Gahanna, OH)
AVR Homebuilders (Yonkers, NY)
Air-King, Ltd. (Brampton, ON)
Beacon Capital Partners, LLC (Boston, MA)
Boeing (Chicago, IL)
Brown Printing Company (Waseca, MN)
Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
Colgate-Palmolive Company (New York, NY)
Columbia Gas of Ohio (Columbus, OH)
ComEd (Chicago, IL)
Commonwealth of Kentucky (Frankfort, KY)
Constellation Energy/Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) (Baltimore, MD)
Consumers Energy (Jackson, MI)
D.R. Wastchak, LLC (Tempe, AZ)
Des Moines Public School District (Des Moines, IA)
DuctTesters, Inc. (Ripon, CA)
Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN)
Efficiency Vermont (Burlington, VT)
El Paso Electric (El Paso, TX)
EnergyCAP, Inc. (State College, PA)
Entergy Texas (Beaumont, TX)
Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc. (Celina, OH)
General Motors Company (Detroit, MI)
Kentucky Housing Corporation (Frankfort, KY)
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (Louisville, KY)
LG Electronics, Inc. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
Liberty Property Trust (Malvern, PA)
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) (Uniondale, NY)
Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (Louisville, KY)
Magic Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc (Mercedes, TX)
NVR, Inc. (Reston, VA)
PECO (Philadelphia, PA)
ProVia (Sugarcreek, OH)
Salt Lake City School District (Salt Lake City, UT)
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Rancho Dominguez, CA)
Scotsman Ice Systems (Vernon Hills, IL)
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) (Hughesville, MD)
Staples, Inc. (Framingham, MA)
The E Group, a Division of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (Akron, OH)
Utah Building Energy Efficiency Strategies (Utah Clean Energy) (Salt Lake City, UT)
Utah Home Performance (Salt Lake City, UT)

ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence

Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (Orlando, FL)
DIRECTV (El Segundo, CA)
Design Tech Homes (Spring, TX)
Good Earth Lighting, Inc. (Wheeling, IL)
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (Denver, CO)
Hoshizaki America, Inc. (Peachtree City, GA)
Meritage Homes (Scottsdale, AZ)
Milford Housing Development Corporation (Milford, DE)
National Grid (Waltham, MA)
Nationwide Marketing Group (Winston Salem, NC)
North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (Boone, NC)
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (Seattle, WA)
Sea Gull Lighting Products LLC (Riverside, NJ)
Sharp Electronics Corporation (Mahwah, NJ)

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