The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named The Home Depot®, Atlanta, as the 2012 Energy Star® Partner of the Year for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through merchandising and marketing Energy Star qualified products.
The Home Depot, an Energy Star partner since 2001, is being honored for its leadership in educating consumers about energy-efficient products that have earned the Energy Star, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency. This is the seventh time the company has been recognized by the EPA for exceptional leadership in promotion of Energy Star qualified products.
“Our customers continue to look for high quality products that earn the Energy Star,” said Ron Jarvis, vice president-environmental, The Home Depot. “Our partnership with Energy Star helps us meet our customers’ needs while offering them the benefits of saving money on energy bills and protecting the environment.”
“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star program, EPA is proud to recognize The Home Depot with the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year award,” said Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator. “The Home Depot and all our Energy Star award winners truly demonstrate how the leadership and commitment from EPA’s partners has made a difference in the lives of Americans since 1992 saving billions of dollars in energy costs and improving the health of our families, the planet and our future."
In 2011, The Home Depot has provided Energy Star qualified products and energy efficiency know-ho” to millions of Americans. Key 2011 accomplishments include:
- Leveraging its vast network of suppliers and committed merchants to increase the number of Energy Star products available to customers resulting in more than 210 million Energy Star products sold in 2011.
- Promoting Energy Star through comprehensive sales associate training across multiple platforms, such as web-based training, in-store planning guides and internal video broadcasts — altogether generating 10 billion training impressions around Energy Star.
- Highlighting Energy Star savings messages and prominently displaying the Energy Star logo to create demand for Energy Star products in print catalogs, direct mailings, in-store messaging, social and online media, and traditional advertising.
- Leading the market in Energy Star light fixture innovation through a reset of 8,250 in-store bays with new LED technology. In addition, in-store signage highlighted the Energy Star benefits
- Supporting EPA’s “Change the World, Start with Energy Star” campaign by organizing educational and pledge-driving events for Energy Star across America.
- Supported the 2011 Energy Star Products Partner meeting and regional energy-efficiency programs by expanding the team to include a dedicated utility coordination manager.