Through its ENERGY STAR program, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regularly recognizes US based organizations that have played a leading role in saving energy. This Spring the EPA announced its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winners.
The EPA recently announced the 13 companies that earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification for at least 150 facilities last year. Together, these companies saved $562 million on their utility bills. The ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers with number of buildings certified in 2014 are:
Target Corporation, 261
Burton Energy Group, 201
LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, 170
Marketable Engineered Projects, dba Maximum Energy Professionals, 163
The Kroger Co., 162
Sustainable Investment Group, 154
These buildings measure their energy performance using the EPA’s online energy management tools, either the ENERGY STAR portfolio manager or the ENERGY STAR Performance Indicator (plants). These tools ascribe a number on a scale of 1 to 100. All of the companies listed above earned a minimum score of 75 and meet indoor air quality standards. Plants with scores of 75 or higher must also satisfy an environmental compliance screen.