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U.S. EPA Honors 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year in Tennessee

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James Pinkney (
(404) 562-8400 (Main), (404) 562-9183 (Direct)

ATLANTA (April 9, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Office and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring three ENERGY STAR partners in Kentucky for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. These enterprises have earned ENERGY STAR Awards for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. They are among the 183 ENERGY STAR Award Winners nationwide that will be honored in Washington, D.C., on April 11.

“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”

“I congratulate our ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for their leadership and commitment to taking action that will help us leave a healthier planet for future generations,” said EPA Acting Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker. “Additionally, their efforts demonstrate that energy efficiency is a smart business decision that supports their bottom line, and helps their customers save money and energy.”

For more than 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and associated reductions of over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save $30 billion in energy costs.

2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners in Tennessee include:

Eastman (Kingsport)

Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. As a leader in energy management, the company has expanded its energy program to incorporate the management of water and other natural resources.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Nashville (Nashville)

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville builds energy-efficient affordable homes across four counties in Tennessee. In 2018 proved its  longstanding commitment to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, building 32 ENERGY STAR certified homes, for a total more than 500 since joining the program in 2006, saving low-income homeowners approximately 12 million in energy costs over the life of their mortgages. 

Nissan North America Inc. (Franklin)

In 2018, Nissan’s Decherd, Tennessee Infiniti Powertrain Plant became the first U.S. powertrain plant to qualify for ENERGY STAR plant certification.

Read more about each of the award winners’ achievements


ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions –all through voluntary action. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: and

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