The JCPenney store in Orange took third place in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Building Competition after reducing the shop's energy levels by 28.4 percent in one year.
The contest challenged 14 teams across the U.S. to measure their building's energy usage and reduce waste through the EPA's Energy Star program, which seeks to protect the environment through green products and practices.
“The amazing results of the first-ever National Building Competition prove that any building can take simple steps to slash energy use, save thousands of dollars and protect the environment,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
The competition measured energy usage between September 2009 and August 2010. Facilities were evaluated based on the greatest percentage reduction in energy consumed. Factors such as a building's size and changes in the weather also were accounted for.
The Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill garnered the top spot, cutting its energy usage by 35.7 percent. A Sears store in Maryland ranked second, reducing its usage by 31.7 percent.
"Our top participants together saved more than a million dollars by cutting energy use, and that's just in the first year," finished Jackson. "We look forward to seeing even greater savings and energy innovations in the years ahead."
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