In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 57 businesses and organizations they had recognized as winners of the 2004 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards. These companies have worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by producing energy-efficient products. The EPA and DOE sponsor these awards annually, and winners are selected from the over 8,000 companies now participating in the ENERGY STAR program.

The program was started by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. Four lighting manufacturers were recognized as Partners in the Excellence in Efficient Products Category: GE Consumer Products, Sylvania, Sea Gull Lighting and Good Earth Lighting. For a complete list of the winners and more information on the ENERGY STAR program, go to