Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor1
Ecova Earns 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award
The EPA recently recognized Ecova’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency for the eighth year in a row by awarding it the 2012 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award.
Ecova, based out of Spokane, Washington, is “the total energy and sustainability management company.” Ecova helps industry-leading companies reduce their energy consumption and strengthen their bottom line — extremely significant considering companies waste nearly 30 percent of their energy through controllable inefficiencies.
Ecova has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2005, recognized by the EPA for eight consecutive years — twice as Partner of the Year and now a sixth time for Sustained Excellence.
This year several of Ecova’s own clients, including Staples, Inc., have won ENERGY STAR awards for work supported by Ecova.
Staples has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 1999 and is always working toward increasing its energy efficiency – from 2007 to 2010 alone, Staples decreased its electricity use per square foot in the U.S. by 12 percent. These efforts saved Staples nearly $9.9 million per year. Ecova has played a large role in these cost-savings; the two companies have partnered for more than 12 years, ensuring Staples has access to accurate data to monitor its progress and track energy efficiency programs for all U.S. facilities.
According to Bob Valair, Staples director of energy and environmental management:
“Working with Ecova enables our organization to have the highest level of energy data and a team of energy experts to help implement and track energy efficiency programs. Ecova also helps submit data from over 2,000 facilities directly into the ENERGY STAR program each month. Data, expertise and analytical capabilities from Ecova play a key role in our success in achieving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.”
Jeff Heggedahl, CEO of Ecova spoke about the ENERGY STAR recognition:
“It’s an honor to win this award from the EPA. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping companies achieve tremendous energy savings through strategic prioritization and measurement. As an organization that understands that energy management is good for the environment and our clients’ bottom lines, we deeply appreciate the EPA’s recognition of our team’s leadership.”
Each year, the EPA selects winners of the Sustained Excellence Award from approximately 20,000 organizations in the ENERGY STAR program.