2012 Star of Energy Efficiency Winners

The Alliance to Save Energy would like to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards in the following categories:

Galaxy: Kroger Co.

Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,435 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 791 convenience stores; 348 fine jewelry stores; 1,090 supermarket fuel centers; and 39 food processing plants in the United States. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 125 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information, please visit www.kroger.com.

See Kroger's full nomination, and the other Galaxy award contenders.

Super Nova: Advantix Systems

Advantix Systems is a leading manufacturer of air conditioning and dehumidification systems that deliver energy savings of 30 to 50% in its core products and up to 80% when integrated with renewable energy. A pioneer in harnessing a salt water-based liquid desiccant, Advantix’s patented technology delivers cooling with powerful, precise humidity control, substantial energy savings and cleaner air free of bacteria and mold in commercial and industrial settings. With competitive first costs in both new and retrofit applications, Advantix offers compelling economics, better performance, and an improved environmental footprint.

See Advantix Systems' full nomination, and the other Super Nova award contenders.

Andromeda: Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)

The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) is a private, nonprofit community-based organization serving rural, mostly Appalachian, counties in eastern and southern Ohio. It is comprised of seventeen Community Action Agencies that serve a 30 county area. COAD has three major program divisions: Community Development, Early Care and Education and Senior Programs. COAD also offers scholarship assistance and leadership development opportunities.

COAD's mission is to provide a unified voice and representation for its member agencies and the constituents that they serve: primarily low-income families, children, and the elderly. Since 1971, COAD has worked to improve the quality of life for all residents of Appalachian Ohio.

See COAD's full nomination, and the other Andromeda award contenders.

I-Star: Eletrobras

Eletrobras is the leader of a system consisting of six subsidiary companies, six distribution companies, the Electric Power Research Center (Eletrobras Cepel) and Eletrobas Participações S.A. (Eletrobras Eletropar) and is also holder of 50% of the capital stock of Itaipu Binacional. Present nationwide, Eletrobras has installed capacity to produce 42,302 MW, including 50% of the power of Itaipu plant belonging to Brasil, and has 54,104.94 kilometers of transmission lines.

See Eletrobras' full nomination, and the other I-Star award contenders.

Innovative: DIRECTV

DIRECTV focuses on defining the best TV experience in the world through a compelling mix of content, technology and service. It has contributed to the evolution of TV with its HD programming, interactive features, digital video recorder (DVR) services, quality customer service, and electronic program guide (EPG).

Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 285 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming and a comprehensive collection of sports programming. It also offers access to quality programming delivered to homes, airports, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, office buildings, airplanes, automobiles and portable electronics and even produces its own entertainment programming.

With more than 16,000 employees, DIRECTV delivers industry-leading service and value. As an all-digital platform, it was the first to deliver an interactive on-screen program guide and Pay Per View ordering by remote control and its innovations have led to eight Emmy® Awards and hundreds of filings for U.S. patents as it has introduced must-have technologies to the viewing experience.

DIRECTV's full nomination, and the other Innovative award contenders.

Charles H. Percy: Hon. Bruce Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Chair, League of Green Embassies

Bruce Oreck is founding partner of the law firm Oreck, Crighton, Adams and Chase. Although originally trained as a specialist in federal taxation, for over 15 years Bruce's practice focused exclusively on matters of state and local tax planning and litigation. In addition, Bruce serves a management role for the family owned Oreck Corporation, which manufactures the appropriately popular 8 pound Oreck vacuum endorsed by every member of the Firm. He is very active in environmental issues, having founded The Zero Carbon Initiative, which "seeks to implement better residential building practices and to teach both trades-persons and homeowners what is possible in energy efficiency as well as alternative and renewable energy applications." Bruce obtained his bachelor of arts from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., in 1975. He then earned his law degree from Louisiana State University, graduating with the highest academic honors in 1978. Bruce attended New York University Law School, where he obtained his master's degree in tax law, also graduating with honors.

See Ambassador Oreck's full nomination, and the other Percy award contenders.