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April 19, 2014ALPHARETTA, Ga. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored an Alpharetta company as a recipient of the 2014 Energy Star awards. Burton Energy Group, of Alpharetta, received the Partner of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
Burton is one of six organizations in Georgia receiving the award. A total of 127 organizations will be honored for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
The winners were selected from 16,000 Energy Star partners, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies and home builders, for their dedication to protecting the environment through greater energy efficiency.
"We're proud," said George Plattenburg, a managing partner of Burton. "It's a reflection on the great work that our clients are doing and that we support them on."
The 12-year-old company moved to a Mansell Road location two years ago from Roswell. It employs 22 workers.
Plattenburg said the company helps clients manage and lower energy consumption costs, largely in utilities such as electricity, water and sewer. They work with many large, national companies such as hoteliers, banks, retailers and manufacturers.
"It's not unusual for these people to literally spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on energy," Plattenburg said. "We help them develop strategies and help track their progress."
More companies are warming up to the idea of conserving energy for two reasons, he said. First, it saves money in the long run. Second is sustainability.
"EPA applauds this year's Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners, who have demonstrated innovative strategies to help their customers, partners and stakeholders save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions," said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "Their commitment to saving energy helps fight climate change while also helping their bottom line."
Products, homes and buildings that earn the Energy Star label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. From the first Energy Star-qualified computer in 1992, the Energy Star label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold. Over 1.5 million new homes and 23,000 office buildings, schools and hospitals have earned the Energy Star label. Since the Energy Star program began, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from Energy Star.
For more about Burton Energy Group, please visit www.burtonenergygroup.com.
Georgia companies that received Energy Star Awards are:
Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence:
The Home Depot, Atlanta
Partner of the Year:
Beazer Homes USA Inc., Atlanta
Burton Energy Group, Alpharetta
Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City
Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, Decatur
The complete list of winners can be found at www.energystar.gov/awards.
Editor, Milton Herald