2010 Stars of Energy Efficiency Award Winners

Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service: S. Richard (Rick) Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

This is the Alliance's most prestigious award. It is presented to an individual in the public or private sector in recognition of an outstanding public service contribution and/or a lifetime commitment to energy efficiency.

This year’s recipient of the Charles H. Percy award, the Alliance’s most prestigious honor, is S. Richard (Rick) Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for his exemplary leadership in the global sustainability movement.

In 1993, Fedrizzi and two others formed the USGBC, an educational organization that brings building professionals together to promote sustainable design. Fedrizzi was appointed President and CEO in 2004, and since then the Council has tripled its membership—today USGBC counts 17,000 companies, government agencies, and non-profits among its members—expanded outreach and education, advocated support for public policy initiatives, and heightened green building’s role in social equity progress. A cornerstone of the USGBC, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System--a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for rating the environmental performance of new and existing commercial and residential buildings and neighborhoods –is now considered “the tool” for developing a strong environmental foundation within the built environment.

In 2009, Rick Fedrizzi and the USGBC were recognized as visionaries in sustainability by the National Building Museum, which awarded them an Honor Award. A founder of the World Green Building Council, Rick is now an active member of its board. He also serves on the board of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative.

Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency Award: U-Haul International, Inc.

This award recognizes organizations/companies with more than $150 million in annual revenue for their efforts to promote energy efficiency.

U-Haul, North America’s largest do-it-yourself moving and storage operator, is receiving the 2010 Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency Award for its leadership in energy and climate stewardship. To date, the company’s Energy Management Team has funded 215 energy-efficiency projects, resulting in an estimated average monthly energy savings of 5,723kWh per site in U-Haul Centers across North America.

U-Haul is in the sharing business. The company was founded on the fundamental philosophy that “the division of use and specialization of ownership” is good for U-Haul customers and the environment. The rental-sharing concept is one of careful management of the Earth’s resources, including energy, while making these resources available to the Earth’s inhabitants. A 2008 study shows every U-Haul truck placed in a local community helps keep 19 personally owned, large-capacity vehicles off the road.

The U-Haul Take a Box, Leave a Box Program encourages customers to pick up free used boxes while leaving no-longer needed used boxes for other customers. U-Haul has encouraged the reuse of more than 2.5 million boxes since the program’s inception in 2007, which significantly reduces energy and resource consumption required to manufacture new boxes. Similarly, the company’s Sustainable Modular Storage Program, exclusive to U-Haul, reuses detached van bodies from retired U-Haul trucks to build sustainably engineered self-storage units. Every thousand square feet of reused storage-unit space eliminates 17.3 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To date, the U-Haul Sustainable Modular Storage Program has resulted in the avoidance of more than 10,554 tons of GHG emissions.

In 2007, U-Haul partnered with Ford to create and implement an innovative 3-Wet Paint technology designed to manage GHG emissions and decrease energy usage. Allowing three layers of wet paint to be applied in immediate succession, 3-Wet Paint eliminates the need for using high-temperature ovens between each coat of paint. The 3-Wet technology reduces GHG emissions by an estimated 15 percent per paint job, and decreases overall energy consumption in maintaining the company’s fleet of more than 178,500 trucks and trailers.

With direct and indirect energy savings, U-Haul helps mitigate high-energy consumption throughout the U.S. and Canada, demonstrating that excellent environmental practices enhance corporate sustainability and foster a healthier community.

Super Nova Star of Energy Efficiency Award: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

This award recognizes organizations/companies, learning institutions, state offices, and government programs with less than $150 million in annual revenue for their efforts to promote energy efficiency.

Known as the “greenest zoo in America,” the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is being presented the 2010 Super Nova Award for the facilities investment in green buildings and commitment to educating their 1.2 million annual visitors about energy efficient technologies and best practices.

Currently with four LEED certified buildings—the most of any zoo in the U.S.—the Cincinnati Zoo is committed to building all future projects to LEED standards. Most recently, the Zoo opened a new main entrance facility named the Historic Vine Street Village that achieved LEED Platinum, a first for a new construction project in Cincinnati.

Additionally, the Zoo continues to upgrade the infrastructure of existing buildings through major retrofit projects. Although the Cincinnati Zoo has added 70,000 square feet of built space in the past four years, the facility uses less electricity than it did in 2005. In fact, by investing in energy saving upgrades, the Zoo has managed to reduce its electrical usage by 11% while adding 22% to their building square footage totals.

Among the Cincinnati Zoo’s energy efficiency educational outreach campaigns, the Go Green Garden is the latest initiative boasting a 7,000 square foot exhibit that displays a host of sustainable and energy efficient technologies.

Andromeda Star of Energy Efficiency Award: OPOWER

This award recognizes organizations/companies, learning institutions, state offices, and government programs with less than $10 million in annual revenue for their efforts to promote energy efficiency.

OPOWER, an energy efficiency and smart-grid software company, is being recognized as this year’s Andromeda award recipient for developing a behavior-based energy efficiency program proven to consistently deliver energy savings on a large scale.

The basis of the program is an innovative product platform that uses cutting-edge behavioral science to capture the attention of customers and drive action. OPOWER embeds motivating elements such as neighbor comparison, smiley face messages, and relevant, personalized feedback in all customer-facing products, resulting in customer engagement rates of as much as 85%.

Currently, OPOWER is deployed at 18 utilities across the country and more than one million homes. At every utility where OPOWER’s program has been implemented, it has delivered between 1.5% and 3.5% in energy savings across the entire targeted population and as much as an average of 500 kWh per customer per year.

I-Star of Energy Efficiency Award: Environment Canada and Efficiency New Brunswick

The international star of energy efficiency award recognizes the outstanding contributions to energy efficiency achieved through special projects or activities overseas that are led by public or private organizations/companies, learning institutions or government agencies based outside of the U.S. territories.

Environment Canada and Efficiency New Brunswick will be jointly awarded the International Star (I-Star) of Energy Efficiency award for pioneering creative energy efficiency programs and solutions throughout Canada. Environment Canada has demonstrated leadership in advancing zero energy housing through the optimization of energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy into residential building design.

Through active participation in key international technology partnerships – including the Asia Pacific Partnership on Climate and Clean Development (APP) and the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) – and the Canada-Mexico Partnership, Environment Canada is partnering with the private sector to facilitate the exchange of energy-efficiency information and the development of demonstration homes in Mexico, China, India, Korea and Japan. As buildings worldwide – including residential housing – account for about 40 percent of global energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, Environment Canada's exemplary work on zero energy housing contributes to the Government of Canada’s strategy priority of promoting clean technology and energy efficiency as an important part of addressing to climate change and reducing air emissions.

Efficiency New Brunswick’s (NB) Large Industrial Program is aimed at engaging the province’s thirty main industrial facilities in an energy management partnership. The program is based on three key pillars: incentivizing energy efficiency projects, implementing Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS), and educating participants on the importance of accurate and sustained energy savings. Today the program is recognized in Canada as a leading example of best practices for industry energy efficiency programs. Natural Resources Canada has also adopted Efficiency NB’s EMIS approach, audit manuals and educational tools for federal distribution and promotion to Industries across the country.

Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award: Danfoss

The Innovative Star award recognizes an emerging technology or service that has the potential to transform a sector of the energy efficiency market but which, given the early stage of the innovation, has yet to generate proven savings.

Danfoss is being presented with this year’s Innovative award for the company’s patented EcoFlow™ valve, Performer© VSD compressor, and ERC102 control—all revolutionary products designed to advance energy efficiency.

The Danfoss EcoFlow distribution system solves one of the main challenges in air conditioning: achieving balanced distribution of refrigerant in air conditioning systems and avoiding mal-distribution in evaporator circuits.

Using patent technologies, the EcoFlow valve calculates and adapts the refrigerant flow to each individual circuit with only one superheat sensor mounted at the evaporator outlet. Because the system continuously monitors the performance of the evaporator, a consistently stable superheat level is achieved that enables near-perfect performance in the entire evaporator, regardless of type. EcoFlow allows the true potential of the evaporator to be released, thereby increasing overall system efficiency.

Danfoss’ contribution to the advancement of compressor technology is aimed at enhancing efficiency and environmental safety while reducing noise emissions. The Performer VSD is a variable speed compressor solution for ducted residential air conditioning systems that sets new standards. By constantly matching the capacity required to maintain homeowners’ set point – without cycling on and off, comfort and efficiency are significantly increased, and, while the temperature set point is maintained, dehumidification is also accomplished. Energy savings of up to 35% are typically achieved compared to other available compressor technologies.

The ERC102 control manages all energy consuming parts in a refrigeration appliance and is designed to cut energy consumption in all commercial refrigeration appliances globally, at near cost parity to existing refrigeration cold controls. The product features more than 200 individually programmable parameters, providing customers with a powerful energy saving cooler device. Proven energy savings are approximately 35% on a standard 1-door glass door merchandiser.