The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have named Philips Lighting Company an Energy Star Partner of the Year for its commitment to making and promoting energy-efficient products that save money on energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Philips was recognized at a special 10th anniversary awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on March 26, 2002.
"In 1997, Philips was the first US lamp manufacturer to become an Energy Star Building Ally and we are proud to maintain our environmental leadership platform," said Steve Goldmacher, director of corporate communications for Philips Lighting Company. "For example, with our Marathon™ line, Philips makes 'green' lighting products the better option for consumers by marrying the two things they want most--long life and an environmental benefit."
Philips was honored for its leadership in environmental initiatives, which include public relations, participation in Energy Star programs, and educating consumers about energy-efficient products. The Philips Lighting Formula--An Energy Blueprint for the Nation was a major component of Philips' educational efforts in 2001, and one of the primary reasons Philips was selected for this award. This living experiment illustrated how simply replacing lighting products with energy-efficient options saved up to 45% of lighting-related electricity costs on a single block in Berkeley, CA. (See Lighting Dimensions on Architecture October 2001 "Energy Efficient in Berkeley".)
Additionally, Philips has been involved in many environmental initiatives and organizations, including Rebuild America with the Department of Energy, advocating State and Federal energy-efficiency programs. Philips has also been active in several California-specific programs like the "Flex Your Power" program, which was created by California governor Gray Davis to encourage energy conservation.