The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 Regional Administrator, Jimmy Palmer, has presented BellSouth with three EPA Energy Star awards for excellence in energy conservation. The awards were granted for company buildings in Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville representing about 3 million square feet of office space. BellSouth has worked closely with the EPA Energy Star Program to benchmark its largest administrative buildings. The EPA bestows Energy Star Building Labels to the most energy efficient buildings in the nation.ATLANTA, Georgia – June 24, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “BellSouth is clearly committed to energy efficiency, demonstrated by the superior energy performance of these three facilities as well as their continuing participation with the EPA on energy conservation initiatives,” said Palmer. “Further, I applaud the company on its continued implementation of the Atlanta Metro Plan as an appropriate response to traffic congestion and air quality issues in its headquarters city.” On September 15, 2001 BellSouth launched BellSouth Energy Solutions (BES). BES manages the energy use at nearly 6,000 facilities across nine Southeastern states. BES has established aggressive energy and associated environmental emission reduction goals and has undertaken a corporate-wide action strategy and education program to realize these goals. “We at BellSouth believe that partnering with EPA to support energy efficiency improvements is an investment in our future,” stated Becky Dunn, BellSouth’s Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary. “We appreciate the leadership shown by the EPA and are committed to continuing our work with them on the Energy Star Program.” On November 16, 2001 EPA Administrator Christie Whitman unveiled the Energy Star Telecommunications Challenge and announced BellSouth as a partner. Telecommunications switching facilities are the backbone of the telecommunications infrastructure and can be 25 times as energy-intensive as administrative buildings. As an Energy Star Telecommunications Challenge Partner, BellSouth will join with EPA and industry in establishing baseline energy usage data for the 22,000 telecommunications switching facilities nationwide with an eye toward increasing energy efficiency. BellSouth has also joined the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership. This voluntary EPA program promotes the utilization of highly energy efficient on-site power generation systems. Partners are required to share new and existing data on CHP projects to advance efficient CHP projects.