Alliance Honors Toyota, Habitat for Humanity, Leaders of Earth Day, OSRAM SYLVANIA As 'Stars of Energy Efficiency'

Release Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2000

A pioneering auto manufacturer, a well-known nonprofit that builds affordable homes for low income people worldwide, the co-founder of Earth Day, and the head of a major lighting manufacturer that have dramatically advanced energy efficiency will be honored at the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2000 "Stars of Energy Efficiency" black tie reception and dinner on June 13 at the International Trade Center Ronald Reagan Building.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc, which debuted a hybrid car, the Prius, and Denis Hayes, co-founder of Earth Day, will receive the Stars of Energy Efficiency Award. Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity, will receive the Charles H. Percy Award, and Dean T. Langford, president of OSRAM SYLVANIA, will be honored with the chairman’s award for his work in efficient lighting.

"This year’s honorees have worked hard to ensure that energy efficiency plays a prominent role in helping the nation meet our environmental and economic goals," stated Alliance President David M. Nemtzow. "Because of their work, more people than ever are taking advantage of energy efficiency as the key to greater prosperity and a cleaner environment."

Toyota Motor North American, Inc. is being recognized for its efforts to make its auto fleet more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Toyota’s newest efficient technology to hit the road is its hybrid car, the Prius, which is targeted to run 86 percent cleaner than the federally required fleet average. On a larger scale, Toyota has also announced its goal for a zero waste in all stages of automobile production, looking to have a recycling rate of 95 percent of all new models by 2005.

Millard Fuller founded the non-profit Habitat for Humanity in 1976 with his wife Linda. His work has built affordable homes for more than 90,000 families, in 1,500 U.S. cities and 60 different countries.

Denis Hayes, Chairman of the Earth Day Network and co-founder of Earth Day, is being recognized as a leading force in the effort to promote the need for clean energy and energy efficiency. Hayes coordinated Earth Day 2000, the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, which focused totally on energy and its impact on the environment.

Dean T. Langford, co-chair of the Alliance, has served on the Alliance Board of Directors since 1991 and is one of its most active members. Professionally, he has taken OSRAM SYLVANIA into the 21st century as one of the leading manufacturers in energy-efficient lighting. Whether for home or office use, products such as the SOFT WHITE DULUX® EL compact fluorescent bulb has revolutionized the field, become a standard for energy-efficient lighting, and is helping to save the environment.