Minnesota companies recognized for energy saving efforts

By Stephanie Hemphill

The federal government has recognized three Minnesota-based companies for leadership in protecting health and the environment through energy efficiency achievements.

The companies are among 111 businesses nationwide receiving the honor.

The 3M Corp. of St. Paul is recognized for "sustained excellence." The Environmental Protection Agency said "3M sets aggressive energy goals that are supported by senior management, and monitors progress by tracking monthly energy use at 212 locations worldwide."

Two companies are designated as "Partners of the Year." Andersen Corporation, Bayport, is recognized for its "commitment to making ENERGY STAR qualified products available to consumers, and the quality of its cross-cutting environmental efforts."

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement that the companies are using cost-effective ways to protect health and grow the economy.

"Those who have invested in these energy saving technologies display economically-sensible solutions that are good for our communities and our future," Jackson said.

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