WASHINGTON — The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has announced four recipients of its 2014 Star of Energy Efficiency Awards: Nest Labs Inc., MGM Resorts International, National Housing Trust, and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Nest Labs Inc. is being honored with the Super Nova Star award for the learning capability of its Nest Learning Thermostat along with its energy partnerships and Nest energy services, which have helped consumers across the country save money and reduce their energy usage.

MGM Resorts International is the recipient of the Galaxy Star award for reducing energy use in its Las Vegas properties over 420 million kWh and reducing annual carbon equivalent emissions by 100,000 metric tons through its Green Advantage sustainability platform.

National Housing Trust is this year’s Andromeda Star award recipient for creating partnerships between utilities and state governments that have resulted in utilities committing $40 million to reduce energy consumption in multifamily rental housing, and for achieving a combined annual average savings of 54,000 MMBtu and almost 34,500 MWh.

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is receiving the Innovative Star award for exceeding four of the highest green construction standards — an accomplishment that has never been attained before — and for achieving net-zero annual energy usage through its energy-efficient Center for Sustainable Landscapes.

“The Alliance’s Stars of Energy Efficiency award recipients are each being recognized as innovative and dedicated advocates for energy productivity. Across sectors, they are proving that energy efficiency is a cause that deserves committed resources and support. With such strong leadership, I have no doubt the practices of these exceptional organizations will one day become the norm,” said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.

Each year, the Star of Energy Efficiency Awards are presented to individuals, organizations, companies, government programs, and learning institutions that have demonstrated a significant and tangible commitment to the cause of energy efficiency both in the United States and abroad.

In the coming weeks, additional award recipients for the International Star, Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service, and Chairman’s Award categories will be announced. All will be honored at the 2014 Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner on Sept. 23, 2014, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, District of Columbia.

For more information, visit www.ase.org.

Publication date: 7/14/2014

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