DANVERS, Mass., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have awarded OSRAM SYLVANIA a 2011 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. This is the tenth consecutive year the company has received an ENERGY STAR award and is a true testament to the lighting manufacturer's dedication to developing innovative, energy efficient products.
OSRAM SYLVANIA is committed to promoting energy efficiency among consumers, businesses and within its own operations, company-wide. Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 1999 and receiving its first ENERGY STAR award in 2002, OSRAM SYLVANIA has made tremendous advancements in energy saving lighting technology.
"Receiving our tenth consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence continues to be a great honor for OSRAM SYLVANIA," said Jennifer Dolin, OSRAM SYLVANIA manager of sustainability and environmental affairs. "We've taken tremendous pride in developing innovative products for our customers – whether that is extending lamp life, introducing new color temperatures or qualifying our first integral LED product line to carry the ENERGY STAR label."
In 2010, the OSRAM SYLVANIA 40 for the Future Earth Day challenge campaign showed consumers how easy it can be to "green" their lifestyles and encouraged a collaborative effort to make energy efficiency top-of-mind amongst consumers. By participating in the challenge, participants were entered for a chance to win daily and weekly prizes, and a grand prize of a carbon-neutral, three-night Disneyland® vacation.
For businesses, OSRAM SYLVANIA demonstrates how energy efficient lighting can not only save businesses money, but help them effectively conserve energy and reduce their carbon footprint. One such example is the work of OSRAM SYLVANIA and its SYLVANIA Lighting Services subsidiary with Staples, Inc. Over the past several years, SYLVANIA Lighting Services has helped the world's largest office products company conserve 10,193,770 kWh of energy and reduce carbon emissions by 15,647,437 pounds – the equivalent amount produced by 1,367 cars – by retrofitting 690 retail store interiors and the outdoor area lighting at Staples' headquarters.
"With help from OSRAM SYLVANIA and SYLVANIA Lighting Services, Staples has been able to reduce our stores' utility and maintenance costs and reduce our carbon footprint by employing the latest in energy efficient lighting technologies," said Bob Valair, Staples director of energy and environmental management. A new video and case study highlight the lighting company's work with Staples.
Internally, OSRAM SYLVANIA has adopted energy-saving business practices in all its facilities, pledging a 10 percent reduction in green house gas (GHG) emissions between 2006 and 2011 and implementing a new company-wide employee 'green team'.
OSRAM SYLVANIA is committed to providing sustainable and environmentally responsible solutions that meet today's market needs. The ongoing partnership with ENERGY STAR is a testament to the success OSRAM SYLVANIA has in driving energy saving initiatives both for consumers and businesses, as well as internally. OSRAM SYLVANIA is proud to be an ENERGY STAR partner and a leader in the effort to address the issue of climate change.
About OSRAM SYLVANIA
OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions and specialty products that feature innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com and follow us at www.twitter.com/sylvania.
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, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 17,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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