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EPA Recognizes CHP With the 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence

Christiansburg, Va. –  Community Housing Partners (CHP) is pleased to announce it has received the 2011 ENERGY STAR® award for Sustained Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The national award was given to CHP for its long-term commitment to superior energy efficiency.

CHP is one of only 46 of ENERGY STAR's 20,000 program partners to receive this award for outstanding leadership and achievements year after year. In their Profiles in Leadership report, ENERGY STAR praises its award recipients for remaining "dedicated to investing in energy efficiency solutions and answering the EPA's call to action," even in the face of ongoing economic challenges. ENERGY STAR further applauds its partners for the "bold steps" they have taken "to improve their own energy efficiency and help revolutionize the market for cost-effective, energy-efficient products and services."

"Year after year, ENERGY STAR award winners reflect American ingenuity at its highest level," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "The innovations at work in the ENERGY STAR program are cost-effective ways to reduce pollution, improve our health and grow our economy all at the same time. Those who have invested in these energy saving technologies display economically-sensible solutions that are good for our communities and our future."

According to the EPA, last year alone, Americans, with the help of the ENERGY STAR program and its partners, saved approximately $18 billion on their energy bills while preventing green house gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 33 million vehicles. To date, nearly 1.2 million new homes and more than 12,600 office buildings, schools, hospitals and public buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR. Since 2000, approximately 3.5 billion ENERGY STAR qualified products have been sold.

Janaka Casper, President and CEO of CHP, said, "We are honored to be recognized by the EPA for our commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Our efforts continue to show that creating affordable communities of choice can benefit our environment while also contributing to the nation's long-term sustainability."