PITTSBURGH, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has recognized Giant Eagle, Inc., with the ENERGY STAR Sustained
Excellence 2006 Award for its continued leadership in protecting our
environment through energy efficiency. Giant Eagle's accomplishments will be
recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2006. In
2004 and 2005, Giant Eagle(R) was also named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.
Giant Eagle, an ENERGY STAR partner since November 2001, will be honored
for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency, as demonstrated throughout
its operations, including the installation of new energy efficient lighting
technology, the purchase of wind-generated electricity and education of store
employees on how they can save energy.
As part of Giant Eagle's ongoing commitment to responsible resource use,
the supermarket retailer was recognized in 2005 for constructing in Ohio the
nation's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified
Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are discovering the value
of promoting energy efficiency through participation in ENERGY STAR. Last
year alone, with the help of ENERGY STAR, Americans saved $12 billion on their
energy bills and enough peak energy to power 28 million homes. Through those
savings they avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than
23 million vehicles.
"Conserving resources through sound energy management is a priority for us
at Giant Eagle," said Giant Eagle Director of Conservation Jim Lampl. "As an
ENERGY STAR partner, we strive to achieve superior energy performance in our
organization. This program delivers energy efficiencies and cost savings to
Giant Eagle, but more importantly, it is good for the environment."
The Sustained Excellence 2006 Award is given to a select group of
organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year.
They have set and achieved aggressive goals, employed innovative approaches,
and shown others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. These awards
recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program including energy-
efficient products, services, new homes and in the commercial, industrial and
public sectors. These Award winners are selected from thousands of
organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
"Partners like Giant Eagle are national leaders in energy efficiency,"
said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships
Division. "The ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence winners are true models for
improving energy efficiency across the country. They have shown year after
year that energy efficiency is good for business and helps consumers save
important resources, all while protecting the environment."
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in
1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, in partnership with the
U.S. Department of Energy, the program offers businesses and consumers energy-
efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for
future generations. More than 8,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners
committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and
businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit
http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
About Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle, Inc., ranked 34 on Forbes magazine's largest private
corporations list and past recipient of Progressive Grocer's Retailer of the
Year Award and the EPA's ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year Award, is one
of the nation's largest food retailers and food distributors with
approximately $5.5 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle,
Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with
140 corporate and 73 independently owned and operated supermarkets in addition
to more than 90 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania,
Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.
Giant Eagle was named America's Second Harvest 2004 Regional Retailer of
the Year for its support of local food banks, and also actively supports
numerous community events, the United Way, The Salvation Army, Race For The
Cure and other non-profit organizations. The company also has created
education initiatives such as Apples For The Students, which has provided
millions of dollars in computer equipment, software and other classroom
learning tools for local schools and the Be A Smart Shopper school nutrition
program. Further information can be found at http://www.GiantEagle.com .
SOURCE Giant Eagle, Inc.