By GREGORY ZELLER //
One of Long Island’s largest private employers has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nod as a public-health leader.
Melville manufacturer Canon USA is one of 163 organizations – including Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, builders, commercial building owners and others – who will be honored as 2018 Energy Star Partners of the Year. The partners are recognized for outstanding contributions to public health and the environment.
One of only 15 New York-based Energy Star Partners to be honored this year, Canon USA is being recognized in the Sustained Excellence category for “outstanding efforts in promoting Energy Star-certified products, reducing energy consumption, and a focus on education and training for customers and business partners,” according to the EPA.
The federal, voluntary Energy Star program has been a national energy-savings and environmental-protection resource for a quarter century. In 2016 alone, Energy Star-certified products, homes, buildings and plants helped U.S. ratepayers save over $30 billion in energy costs and spared approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, according to the EPA, while achieving broad emissions reductions.
The 2018 Energy Star Partners of the Year add to that legacy by “demonstrat(ing) real leadership,” according to EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum, “showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money and reduce air emissions.”
Other New York-based 2018 Energy Star Partners include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which has been an Energy Star Partner since 2001 and received Sustained Excellence recognition “for its ongoing support of numerous Energy Star programs,” and New York City-based global biopharma Bristol-Myers Squibb, honored “for continuing to advance its energy-management program and for showing leadership within the industrial sector,” according to the EPA.
Also honored was Wise Home Energy LLC, a Rochester-based startup that performs residential contracting assessments and improvements. Wise Home Energy received Contractor of the Year recognition for “notable participation in the Home Performance With Energy Star program,” the EPA said.
The 2018 Energy Star Partners of the Year are scheduled to be honored April 20 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.