(July 2, 12:00 p.m.) Four Seasons Produce Inc., Ephrata, Pa., has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star award for efficiency.

The company’s warehouse is one of only two U.S. refrigerated distribution centers that has earned the Energy Star designation and validates Four Seasons’ work to lower its energy costs, said Ron Carkoski, president and chief executive officer.

Four Seasons initially joined the Energy Star Partnership because the agency’s objectives matched Four Seasons’ existing goals, Carkoski said in a news release.

Nelson Longenecker, Four Seasons’ vice president of business innovation, said in the release that Four Seasons has made strides in its energy performance by working to improve its use of energy and resources across its entire organization. The Energy Star program has enabled Four Seasons to build and refine the energy component in its sustainability efforts.

Four Seasons is saving more than 16% in yearly energy bills and stopping greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 30 households’ yearly electricity usage, he said.

According to the EPA, commercial buildings earning the Energy Star designation use on average of 35% less energy than other building and release 35% less carbon dioxide into the air.

The EPA introduced the Energy Star program in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to encourage businesses to lower greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

Four Seasons garners EPA’s Energy Star award
Four Seasons Produce Inc. officials (from left) Nelson Longenecker, vice president of business innovation; Randy Groff, facilities manager for the Four Seasons family of companies; David Hollinger, chairman; and Ron Carkoski, president and chief executive officer, display the company’s Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star plaque. Four Seasons, Ephrata, Pa., earned the EPA Energy Star rating for superior energy efficiency for its refrigerated warehouse operation.