Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Deena and Tom Saidnawey, owners of Pemberton Farms, are flanked by Craig Foley and Tim Pulling, of inCharge Energy, after the North Cambridge business won Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pemberton Farms, the gourmet grocer and garden center owned and managed by the Saidnawey family, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, signifying that the building performs in the top 25 percent of such facilities nationwide and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the agency, inCharge Energy reported Sunday.

Pemberton Farms was happy to accept, said Tom Saidnawey, president of the 86-year-old Cambridge company consolidated at 2225 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge.

“Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs,” Saidnawey said, thanking Somerville-based inCharge Energy for its help monitoring energy use and applying for the award.

Commercial buildings earning the certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, said Craig Foley, a managing partner of inCharge Energy.

Energy Star was introduced in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $18 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 34 million vehicles, said said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star commercial and industrial branch.

This post was written from a press release.