SAN ANTONIO, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized USAA Real Estate Company ("USAA RealCo") with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.
USAA RealCo, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, was honored recently in Washington, DC for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency and it's marked achievement in 2015 to continue to reduce energy and water consumption.
"We are proud to be awarded the prestigious ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award for the 14th consecutive year," said Len O'Donnell, President and Chief Executive Officer. "It's rewarding to see the impact we have made by prioritizing sustainable, energy-efficient operations throughout our portfolio. A win-win approach as our tenants express their satisfaction about working in environmentally responsible settings, and our partners enjoy the value created by improved financial performance."
Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.
"By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, USAA is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "I'm proud to recognize USAA with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. USAA demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations."
The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.
For a complete list of 2016 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR's awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.
About USAA Real Estate Company
USAA Real Estate Company was founded in 1982 as the real estate investment arm of USAA. With approximately $15 billion in assets under management, the company provides co-investment asset management services to U.S. pension funds, as well as to foreign and domestic institutional investors. USAA Real Estate Company also provides capital to partners for development. The portfolio consists of office, medical office, industrial, multi-family, retail and hotel properties as well as investments in real estate operating companies. (www.usrealco.com)
Our commitment to service and integrity reflects the core values put in place 94 years ago by our parent company, a trusted worldwide insurance and financial services organization.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA's ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.
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