WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy-efficiency achievements.

Recipients of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include Beazer Homes, The Home Depot, General Motors, and Verizon.

“This year’s Partner of the Year Award winners prove every day that saving money and protecting the environment go hand in hand,” said Gina McCarthy, administrator, EPA. “From major household brands to school districts, these leaders deserve to be congratulated for their commitment to reducing carbon pollution and protecting our climate.”

“Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners help families, individuals, and businesses become more energy efficient,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “By offering energy-efficient products, services, and programs, this year’s awardees continue to provide Americans with lower utility bills, new jobs, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.”

Beazer Homes USA Inc. built more than 4,700 Energy Star-certified homes in 2015 while saving more than 10,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions, compared to standard homes; Verizon certified 32 Verizon Wireless stores in 2015, for a total of 206 Energy Star-certified buildings nationwide; and General Motors Co. achieved a nearly 6 percent reduction in energy use at its U.S. manufacturing facilities compared to 2014. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

Publication date: 4/25/2016 

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