March 28, 2023

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Washington, DC (March 28, 2022) – The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is proud to announce that it has received the 2023 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This is IMT’s fifth ENERGY STAR award since 2019.

“One of our primary goals is to transform buildings and communities by reducing energy use and energy costs. ENERGY STAR tools provide invaluable resources for businesses, governments, and others to improve the performance of their buildings and make more informed decisions,” said Lotte Schlegel, Executive Director of IMT. “We are honored to receive the 2023 Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence in recognition of our long partnership.”

“As we accelerate historic efforts to address climate change, public-private partnerships will be essential to realizing the scale of our ambition,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.  “I applaud this year’s ENERGY STAR award winners for working with EPA to deliver a clean energy future that saves American consumers and businesses money and creates jobs.”

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis, protecting public health, and creating a clean energy future for everyone.

In 2023, IMT’s work in supporting ENERGY STAR to deliver energy efficiency programs included:

  • Accelerating the development of building performance standards that leverage ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to improve building efficiency and performance.
  • Supporting commercial buildings in increasing ENERGY STAR scores, such as through the Washington, D.C.-based Building Innovation Hub.
  • Increasing the number of buildings benchmarked through Portfolio Manager via new benchmarking legislation and technical support.
  • Increasing the number of private building owners using ENERGY STAR through the Green Lease Leaders recognition program, and other private sector engagement activities.


Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2023 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

About IMT

For more than 25 years, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) has partnered with government, business, and philanthropy to improve the spaces where we live, work, and play. IMT focuses on creative and practical solutions that catalyze greater investment in high performing, energy-efficient buildings. IMT offers hands-on technical assistance and market research, alongside expertise in policy and program development and deployment and promotion of best practices and knowledge exchange. Our innovations have helped reduce carbon emissions and energy costs across billions of square feet of real estate in major U.S. cities; empowered landlords and tenants to overcome barriers to mutually-beneficial building improvements; and increased overall demand for better buildings. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @IMT_speaks.


ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR’s impacts can be found at

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