UPS South New England District Receives Environmental Stewardship Award For Cuts in Energy Usage

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UPS South New England District reduced energy usage by the amount of 41,500,000 KWH and earns award.

Increased energy usage and today’s rising cost of a barrel of oil are making headlines around the world and especially in the United States. From the President’s pulpit we hear, “The nation is addicted to imported oil.” And in Connecticut, Governor Rell says she will not stand by while “energy costs damage the economy and hurt the people of Connecticut.”

The business world also is standing up and noticing, as energy usage negatively impacts both their costs and their pricing of products and services. To lower its energy usage, UPS upgraded its lighting systems throughout the South New England District, which includes Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. In recognition of those efforts, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Council—Connecticut Chapter (NEEC-CT) presented UPS the Environmental Stewardship Award.

“The lighting upgrades have been a win-win for our customers, employees and the community,” James Gray, UPS South New England District Plant Engineering Manager, said. “They have helped to reduce the overall demand for electrical energy in Connecticut and provide a step in the right direction for UPS and the environment.”

Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez added, “I want to thank UPS for its energy efficiency efforts. By reducing its energy usage, UPS is showing itself to be a responsible corporation that cares about our community. We are proud to have the South New England District offices in Hartford.”

UPS contracted with New England Energy Management, headquartered in Danbury CT, to retrofit the lighting systems within the District. The new systems will achieve a lifetime savings of 41,500,000 KWH, which is equivalent to saving 9,742 acres of trees or 3,482,572 gallons of gas. In presenting the award, David J. Leishman, Co-Chairman, NEEC-CT, said, “The Northeast Energy Efficiency Council—Connecticut Chapter would like to present this plaque to UPS for their participation in energy-efficiency projects funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, and in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and United Illuminating (UI). The lifetime energy savings represent a great accomplishment.”

In accepting the award, Stefan Wilson, UPS Vice President, said, “UPS continually strives to be an involved corporate citizen in the communities we work and serve. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the lighting project and the ability to help create an awareness of conservation through valuable partnerships such as these.”

Recognized as a Global 100-Most Sustainable Corporation in 2005, “UPS takes seriously its responsibility and role as a corporate citizen,” Wilson added. “In the South New England District, the company continues to look for ways to improve its operations, on and off the road.”

Companies eligible for the Environmental Stewardship Award are those that participate in the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. Created to address Connecticut’s increasing energy needs—and rising costs—the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) is an initiative to help homeowners and renters, small and large businesses, and state and local governments use energy more efficiently.

UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. It began serving New England in 1956. Today, the Hartford location covers all Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS). The company can be found on the Web at http://www.ups.com.

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is a business association of the energy efficiency industry. Founded in 1992 as the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Council, the organization recently adopted a new name to reflect its increasingly regional scope. NEEC's member companies include the leading energy efficiency firms that are based or do business in the Northeast. NEEC's associate members include New England's leading investor-owned and municipal utilities, as well as energy users. NEEC's mission is to promote energy efficiency policies, programs and technologies that create jobs and foster economic growth and environmental improvement. The Connecticut Chapter was formed in 2003 by NEEC members and like-minded organizations to promote energy efficiency in Connecticut.

New England Energy Management, Inc. (NEEM) has been in business for more than 21 years. It specializes in energy management through innovative lighting retrofit solutions and Intelligent Lighting Design. NEEM is a certified contractor for both CL&P and UI Conservation & Load Management programs, and has done lighting projects throughout the U.S. http://www.newenglandenergy.com.

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Rebecca Brockway

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Scott A. Hinson, President

New England Energy Management, Inc

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Web: http://www.newenglandenergy.com

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