Efficiency Vermont was named the 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year award winner in the ‘Energy Efficiency Program Delivery for New Homes’ category.Sponsored annually by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the nationalawards recognize organizations, manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and deliver Energy Star qualified products and services, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Award winners were selected from more than 9,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.‘Efficiency Vermont is a leader in showing its customers how they can help protect our environment while saving energy and money,’ said Elizabeth Craig, acting director of the EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. ‘Efficiency Vermont’s creative solutions are a model for fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency. We look to these winners to provide us energy efficiency leadership now and in the years to come.’Efficiency Vermont representatives attended the EPA awards recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.‘This award recognizes not only Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy Star Homes (VESH) program, but the entire building community in Vermont,’ said Chris Gordon, residential new construction manager from Efficiency Vermont. ‘Our program co-sponsors, including, Vermont Gas Systems and Washington Electric Cooperative, as well as our partners, the individual builders around the state, are always striving to achieve greater energy efficiency.’In 2010, the average Energy Star home built in Vermont was 40 percent more energy efficient than a home built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) operates Efficiency Vermont under an appointment by the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Source: Efficiency Vermont.