Michigan Governor's Energy Excellence Awards
Michigan Governor's Energy Excellence Awards Presented to Eight Honorees for Reducing Energy Waste
Eight individuals and organizations from across Michigan today (8/11) received the Governor's Energy Excellence Award for their extraordinary efforts to reduce energy waste. The winners were announced by Gov. Rick Snyder at a ceremony at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
"Reducing energy waste will be a critically important part of an energy policy that will preserve Michigan's comeback and protect our wonderful natural resources for decades to come," said the governor. "The individuals and organizations honored today (8/11) should be proud of their innovative efforts, and I encourage all Michiganders to take the necessary steps to be more energy efficient."
Winners of the Governor's Energy Excellence Awards by category are:
Best Commercial Project (Private)
Odawa Casino Resort, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Petoskey Best Commercial Project (Public) Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Best Residential Project Michael Eick, Clinton Township Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project Cargill Inc. -- Cargill Salt, St. Clair Best Agriculture Project Weiss Centennial Farms, Frankenmuth Contractor of the Year Oscar W. Larson Company, Clarkston Best Communication or Education Program Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Grand Rapids Innovator of the Year Dennis Schultz -- Terra Caloric, Alpena
The honorees' energy solutions ranged from installing energy efficient, state-of-the-art heating, cooling and lighting systems to common-sense, lower cost steps like caulking windows and adding insulation.
"Continuing to reduce our energy waste is one of the main ways we can keep energy prices affordable in Michigan," Snyder said. "Reliable and affordable energy fuels our state's economy."
Also honored today (8/11) were award finalists:
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, L'Anse Visteon Corporation, Van Buren Township East Jackson Community Schools, Jackson Parchment School District, Parchment Matthew Grocoff, Ann Arbor Peter McWethy, Kalamazoo Graphic Packaging International, Battle Creek GDW Farms, Holland Miller Family Farm, Carney Bel-Aire Heating and Air Conditioning, Portage Performance Engineering Group, Inc., Livonia City of Holland Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, Muskegon John Slagter -- The Mackinac Technology Company, Grand Rapids Venntis Technologies, LLC, Holland
Seven others received an honorable mention for their efforts:
- PK Housing and Management, Okemos
- Michigan State University, East Lansing
- Whitney Jones, Kalamazoo
- Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, Petoskey
- Randazzo Mechanical Heating and Cooling,
- Macomb Michigan Farm Energy Program, East Lansing
- Nextek Power Systems, Detroit
The Governor's Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy consumption. The awards are supported, in part, by a grant from the Michigan Energy Office (MEO) with funding from U.S. Department of Energy Award #DE-EE0006226. (The MEO is a federally designated state agency within the Michigan Agency for Energy). For more information, visit www.mienergyexcellence.org.
Finalist photos and project descriptions: http://mienergyexcellence.org/award-finalists-and-winners-2016/