Business Council member Corning Incorporated has been named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its strategic energy management program.
“Innovative strategies in energy management are some of the most cost-effective ways to improve the bottom line in the places we work, shop, and play,” EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said. “Corning’s leadership in energy management supports the well-being of American families while also fighting climate change.”
Corning was recognized for adopting a continuous energy management strategy in all of its buildings and plants. Corning is a global company, with U.S. operations consisting of nearly 50 facilities in 16 states and the District of Columbia.
“Every one of our facilities has contributed to this effort, which has lowered both our energy usage and our costs,” said Kirk Gregg, Corning’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “Our approach helps us manage greenhouse gas emissions, and the money we save on energy enhances our ability to make strategic investments in Corning’s future.”
Corning’s Global Energy Management program, led by Patrick Jackson, develops and implements Corning’s energy policies. Since its launch in 2006, GEM’s management practices have saved Corning more than $328 million in cumulative energy costs.
“We’ve received significant support from leadership and an amazing effort from all of our team members and plant managers,” Jackson said. “This success has only been possible because everyone in the corporation has bought into the idea that we can be world-class when it comes to energy efficiency.”
The 2014 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. The award winners are selected from the 16,000 partners that participate in the ENERGY STAR program and will be recognized in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2014.
Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.