FARMINGTON, Conn., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Carrier, the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is pleased to be the lead sponsor for Urban Green Council's EBie Awards™, a new juried awards competition to select and highlight best practices in greening existing buildings. The event will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe Live Theatre in New York City with winners revealed live from the 18 finalists. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"Carrier and United Technologies have a long tradition of innovative technologies for improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Our city, our country, our world will not meet our sustainability goals without addressing the existing built environment," said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at UTC Climate, Controls & Security, who also serves as co-vice chair of Urban Green Council Board of Directors. "We love the EBies because they do just that – they show us what can be done in our largest opportunity area."
Carrier is the only company in the world to be a founding member of the U.S., Argentina, China, India, Singapore and France Green Building Councils. In fact, Carrier was instrumental in launching the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) in 1993 and was the first company in the world to join the organization. Since 2008, Carrier representatives have served on the Board of Urban Green Council, one of the largest chapters of USGBC.
The EBies are a program of Urban Green Council, which aims to lead the advancement of sustainability in urban buildings through education, advocacy and research. The EBie awards program was started this year to recognize significant increased environmental performance in existing buildings (hence the EBies), among building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work. Focus areas include energy, water, operations, lighting and landscaping as well as effective energy use education.
"The goal of the EBies is to do for existing building retrofits what the Oscars did for film," says Russell Unger, executive director, Urban Green Council. "We want to encourage and recognize excellence throughout the industry. There are many people doing incredible work in existing buildings and going totally unnoticed. With Carrier's help, the EBies are going to change that."
For more information and to view the winners, visit the EBies website at www.ebies.org.
Carrier is the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and foodservice customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.