Three lighting companies were among the honorees at the Energy Star awards ceremony on April 12 in Washington, D.C. The awards, which are given out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), acknowledge commitment to energy efficiency.
St. Louis area retailer Metro Lighting received the Excellence in Retailing for Lighting award for the second year in a row. Metro’s major accomplishments include expanding its selection of Energy Star bulbs and fixtures, working with local utilities to offer rebates on Energy Star products, and continued employee and consumer education. The company also partnered with Nuvo Lighting to develop a dedicated builders catalog, which doubled the sales of those Energy Star lighting products in less than a year. Metro’s Project Manager Nick Frisella (pictured) accepted the award from Ann Bailey, Acting Director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division.
“Metro Lighting and Energy Star have a critical partnership,” Frisella said in a statement. “More and more of our customers are looking for products that save money and protect the environment. By offering products that have earned Energy Star certification, we are working to fulfill our customers’ needs and saving them energy dollars, while helping address climate change.”
Osram Sylvania also had something to celebrate after receiving its tenth Sustained Excellence award.
“Receiving our tenth consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year award for Sustained Excellence continues to be a great honor for Osram Sylvania,” Jennifer Dolin, Osram Sylvania Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, said in a statement. “We’ve taken tremendous pride in developing innovative products for our customers – whether that is extending lamp life, introducing new color temperatures or qualifying our first integral LED product line to carry the Energy Star label.”
The manufacturer has done a great deal to promote energy efficiency, including earning more than 153 million impressions in a multimedia campaign promoting Energy Star in honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, expanding its Energy Star product offerings, and being one of the first manufacturers to earn Energy Star certification for its LED lamps.
GE Appliances & Lighting also received its sixth consecutive Sustained Excellence award. Over the past year, GE introduced the first omni-directional LED lamp in an A19 standard shape, which became the first A19 LED lamp to earn Energy Star certification, and expanded its Energy Star lighting offerings by 19 percent. The company also continued its Plant a Bulb campaign, which provides educational videos on energy-efficient lighting, donating a flower bulb to a school or community for every video viewing.
“GE Appliances & Lighting has earned EPA’s highest Energy Star award – the 2011 Sustained Excellence award,” Elizabeth Craig, Acting Director of EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs, said in a statement. “GE’s long term leadership and commitment to energy efficiency demonstrates the types of accomplishments that we can all achieve in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our global environment. We look forward to their continued partnership and leadership.”
For a complete list of winners, see the Energy Star awards website.