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EPA Recognizes NYSERDA with 2011 Sustained Excellence Award

NYSERDA Earns ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for Protecting the Environment Through Energy Efficiency

April 12, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency.

NYSERDA's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. today, April 12, 2011. The award will be accepted by Karen Villeneuve, director, Residential Energy Services, NYSERDA. She will be joined by former NYSERDA President and current Congressman Paul Tonko in accepting the award.

The 2011 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency.

This award recognizes NYSERDA’s ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from more than 17,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“We very much appreciate this recognition from EPA,” said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of New York’s energy policy. We view our ENERGY STAR partnership as an important way to address climate change and reduce energy consumption in the state.”

"Energy efficiency should be our fuel of choice,” said Congressman Paul Tonko. “We should drill and mine efficiency like we drill for oil and mine coal. NYSERDA has clearly demonstrated their sustained excellence in energy efficiency, and I congratulate them on this well deserved award. As a nation, we must continue to invest in clean energy jobs to revitalize the economy, protect the air we breathe and the water we drink."

2010 NYSERDA Highlights

  • With the goal to sell nearly 17 million ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs in three years, NYSERDA created the Shining Example campaign and was recognized for a 2010 Communication Award of Distinction and 2010 Bronze Telly Award for the campaigns accomplishments in marketing and promotion. The campaign surpassed its 2010 CFL sales goals by more than a million.
  • More than 2,400 New York ENERGY STAR Homes were built in 2010, avoiding nearly $2.4 million in energy costs and saving 5,717,063 kWh of electricity and 88,884 MMBTUs of fossil fuels.
  • With the help of 117 vendors, the NYSERDA Clean and Tune Program provided preventative maintenance services to the heating systems of 2,315 HEAP households.
  • More than 6,000 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR jobs were completed in 2010.
  • The low-income component of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program accounted for approximately 20 percent (1,267) of all 2010 projects.
  • EmPower New York provided electricity demand reduction and home energy performance improvements to over 6,334 low-income households in 2010.
  • More than 293,166 total unique visitors looked at to GetEnergySmart.org in 2010.
  • More than 1,300 ENERGY STAR retailers now sell and promote ENERGY STAR-qualified products, with more than 288 new retail partners added in 2010.
  • To build the infrastructure for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and New York ENERGYSTAR Homes, more than 1,800 individuals trained on one- to four-family homes and multifamily energy efficiency technologies and practices as part of NYSERDA’s energy efficiency workforce-development initiatives.
  • Nearly 70 commercial buildings, representing approximately 48 million gross square footage of space, have been benchmarked using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager through the Focus on Commercial Real Estate Program.
  • The Focus on K-12 Schools Program used the ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager to benchmark more than 994 K-12 schools in over 224 districts, with the average school reducing energy consumption by 21.5 percent and lowering carbon dioxide emissions by 47 percent since 2003.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.


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, 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 ENERGY STARLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Last Updated: 01/21/2014