By Wendy Leibowitz. Pardee Homes earned national recognition when the EPA named it as an EnergyStar Partner of the Year for the company's outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building energy-efficient homes.

Pardee, a Los Angeles-based unit of Weyerhaeuser Company, joined the program in 1998. Pardee is the first multi-regional home builder to make a 100 percent commitment to EnergyStar in all new homes, a commitment that began in 2002 with its new home construction.

The EPA introduced EnergyStar in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. EnergyStar homes are more energy efficient than homes built to standard code. In 2001 alone, according to the EPA, EnergyStar helped Americans save enough energy to power 10 million homes and reduce the air pollution equivalent to taking 12 million cars off the road -- while saving consumers $6 billion.

Awareness Award: Pardee Homes accepts EPA's EnergyStar Partner of the Year award. From left: Pardee's Joyce Mason, EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman, and Pardee's Len Frank.