RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., August 13, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America today received the first-ever “President’s Blue Circle Award” from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for continued support in educating children and youth about issues critical to the future of the environment. In collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ENERGY STAR, Samsung has provided energy-efficient products to more than 150 BGCA clubs across the country that have sponsored ENERGY STAR pledges. Samsung will also participate in a special ENERGY STAR Day event in Atlantic City at a local Boys & Girls Club on October 29.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) honors Samsung with the President’s Blue Circle Award at BGCA headquarters in Atlanta. From left to right: Marvin Laster, BGCA Director of Character and Citizenship Programs; Maritza Kelley and Mike Moss of Samsung; Brittney Gordon of EPA; Jim Clark, BGCA President.
Over the past three years, in addition to opening the door for clubs to compete for Samsung PCs, laptops, TVs, tablets and other valuable technology at their individual clubs, Samsung’s unique support of BGCA and their initiatives helps young people and their families become more aware of the connection between climate change and energy consumption. Through the “Save the World – Start with ENERGY STAR” pledge initiative, Samsung and BGCA have collectively enabled thousands of Americans to take the ENERGY STAR Pledge, saving more than 220 million pounds of greenhouse gases, according to EPA.
“Through our partnership with the EPA and with Samsung’s help we have been able to engage more than 150 clubs throughout the United States,” said Marvin Laster, Director of Character and Citizenship programs for BGCA. “Club members have been enthusiastic and have gone out in their communities to teach others about energy conservation, through the ENERGY STAR pledge and through other creative BGCA initiatives. These members understand the importance of why we need to change the world by saving energy.”
“By bringing Samsung, ENERGY STAR and Boys & Girls Clubs of America together through the ENERGY STAR pledge, we’ve really made a difference in teaching young people and their families about ENERGY STAR, and energy conservation,” said John Godfrey, Vice President of Communications Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung is the number one manufacturing partner of ENERGY STAR in signing up people for the pledges.”
Samsung Electronics has a proven track record of leadership in the field. Most recently, ENERGY STAR selected the company from nearly 20,000 organizations in the U.S. to receive the honor of 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for demonstrating how all Americans can save energy and money while creating a healthier environment.
A proud ENERGY STAR partner since 1996, this year marked the fifth consecutive year Samsung has been honored for providing its customers with energy-efficient products that have reduced consumption and helped consumers save on their energy costs. In addition to being named the 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, the company has been recognized in the past with the following distinctions:
2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Product Manufacturer Award
2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Product Manufacturer Award
2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Energy Star Promotion
2009 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Energy Star Labeling
For more information about Samsung’s sustainability efforts, please visit: www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/sustainability/environment/.
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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).