The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy Department announced 118 recipients of the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award on March 26. The winners, which are being recognized for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment, include such large corporations as Sears Holdings Corp., PepsiCo, JC Penney, Food Lion, USAA Real Estate and Toyota.

The winners were chosen from nearly 20,000 Energy Star partners, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies and home builders, for their long-term commitment to climate protection through greater energy efficiency. Energy Star partners complete a rigorous application process that demonstrates their commitment to the partnership and the environment.

Organizations are recognized in several categories. This year, the Sustained Excellence awards went to 70 organizations for exceptional leadership year after year in the Energy Star program and their dedication to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency. The Partners of the Year honors were bestowed on 41 organizations for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. And the seven Excellence Award winners received recognition in part for their superior efforts in the Home Performance with the Energy Star program as well as specific activities to promote energy-efficient products, homes, or buildings.

A complete list of winners follows.

Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

3M (St. Paul, Minn.)
AEP Texas (Corpus Christi, Texas)
APS (Arizona Public Service) (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Andersen Corp. (Bayport, Minn.)
ArcelorMittal USA (Chicago)
Austin Energy (Austin, Texas)
BOMA International (Washington, D.C.)
Baltimore Gas Electric Co. (Baltimore, Md.)
Bentall Kennedy (Seattle)
Bosch Home Appliances (Irvine, Calif.)
CBRE Inc. (Los Angeles)
CalPortland Co. (Glendora, Calif.)
Cenergistic (formerly Energy Education) (Dallas)
CenterPoint Energy (Houston)
Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland)
Colgate-Palmolive Co. (New York)
ComEd (Chicago)
Ecova (Spokane, Wash.)
Energy Inspectors Corp. (Las Vegas)
EnergyCAP Inc. (State College, Pa.)
EnergyLogic (Berthoud, Colo.)
Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, Wash.)
Focus on Energy (Madison, Wis.)
Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys and Reid's (Salisbury, N.C.)
GE Lighting (E. Cleveland, Ohio)
General Motors Co. (Detroit)
Gresham-Barlow School District (Gresham, Ore.)
HEI Hotels & Resorts (Norwalk, Conn.)
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville (Nashville, Tenn.)
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (Denver)
Hanesbrands Inc. (Winston Salem, N.C.)
Hines (Houston)
ITW Food Equipment Group, (Troy, Ohio)
Ivey Residential LLC (Evans, Ga.)
J. C. Penney Company Inc. (Plano, Texas)
Jones Lang LaSalle (Chicago)
KB Home (Los Angeles)
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (Louisville, Ky.)
Kohls Department Stores Inc. (Menomonee Falls, Wis.)
Long Island Power Authority (Uniondale, N.Y.)
Loudoun County Public Schools (Ashburn, Va.)
Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (Louisville, Ky.)
Lowe's Cos. Inc. (Mooresville, N.C.)
Manitowoc Foodservice (New Port Richey, Fla.)
Merck (Whitehouse Station, N.J.)
Meritage Homes Corp. (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Trenton, N.J.)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Albany, N.Y.)
New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York)
Nissan North America Inc. (Smyrna, Tenn.)
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (Lexington, Mass.)
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) (Portland, Ore.)
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (San Francisco)
Panasonic (Secaucus, N.J.)
PepsiCo Inc. (Purchase, N.Y.)
Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (Tulsa, Okla)
Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Mass.)
Saint-Gobain (Valley Forge, Pa.)
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon, South Korea)
Sears Holdings Corp. (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) - Energy Management
Sears Holdings Corp. (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) - Retail
Servidyne (Atlanta)
Southern California Edison (Rosemead, Calif.)
Southern Energy Management (Morrisville, N.C.)
Staples Inc. (Framingham, Mass.)
TIAA-CREF (New York)
Transwestern (Houston)
The Boeing Co. (Chicago)
The E Group, a Division of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (Akron, Ohio)
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (Erlanger, Ky.)
USAA Real Estate Co. (San Antonio, Texas)

Energy Star Partner of the Year

AEP Ohio (Columbus, Ohio)
AVR Homebuilders (Yonkers, N.Y.)
Air King Ltd. (Brampton, Ontario)
Allergan Inc. (Irvine, Calif.)
Beacon Capital Partners LLC (Boston)
Brandywine Realty Trust (Radnor, Pa.)
Burton Energy Group (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Cassidy Turley (Washington , D.C.)
Columbia Gas of Ohio (Columbus, Ohio)
DIRECTV (El Segundo, Calif.)
Des Moines Public School District (Des Moines, Iowa)
Dominion East Ohio (Cleveland)
Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.)
El Paso Electric (El Paso, Texas)
Energy Services Group (New Castle, Del.)
Entergy Texas (Beaumont, Texas)
Fanning/Howey Associates Inc. (Celina, Ohio)
Grayhawk Homes Inc. (Columbus, Ga.)
Health Facilities Division of the Air Force Medical Support Agency (San Antonio, Texas)
Hoshizaki America Inc. (Peachtree City, Ga.)
Kenton County School District (Ft. Wright, Ky.)
LG Electronics Inc. (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.)
Liberty Property Trust (Malvern, Pa.)
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (Houston)
Nationwide Marketing Group (Winston Salem, N.C.)
New Hampshire CORE Utilities (Manchester, N.H.)
North Penn School District (Lansdale, Pa.)
PECO Energy Co. (Philadelphia)
Pella Corp. (Pella, Iowa)
Philips Lighting Co. (Somerset, N.J.)
ProVia (Sugarcreek, Ohio)
Scotsman Ice Systems (Vernon Hills, Ill.)
Scott County Schools (Georgetown, Ky.)
Sharp Electronics Corp. (Mahwah, N.J.)
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (Hughesville, Md.)
Technical Consumer Products (Aurora, Ohio)
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund with UI and CL&P (Orange, Conn.)
The Home Depot (Atlanta)
Verizon Wireless (Folsom, Calif.)
Vornado Realty Trust (New York)
Wells Real Estate Funds (Norcross, Ga.)

Energy Star Award for Excellence

Amerlux (Fairfield, N.J.)
Cree Inc. (Durham, N.C.)
FSL Home Improvements (Phoenix)
Metro Lighting (Brentwood, Mo.)
Milford Housing Development Corp. (Milford, Del.)
National Grid (Waltham, Mass.)
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (Cayce, S.C.)