BOSTON (AP) — Nine New England businesses and organizations have been given “Energy Star” awards for their long-term commitment to greater energy efficiency.

The awards are given annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The winners include: Beacon Capitol Partners LLC of Boston; Staples Inc., Framingham, Mass.; Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Gas Systems, both of Burlington, Vt.; HEI Hotels & Resorts, Norwalk, Conn.; and Raytheon Co., of Waltham, Mass. Other winners are: the Joint Management Committee and the Sponsors of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Inc., both of Lexington, Mass.; and National Grid, Waltham, Mass.

Energy Star was started by EPA in 1992 as a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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