WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Nissan a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, recognizing the automaker's achievements in energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 

Nissan will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 18.

"Nissan is leading the fight against climate change through greater energy efficiency," said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation. "Nissan's robust energy management program is a model for others and affirms that energy efficiency is our most cost-effective climate strategy."

Nissan, an Energy Star partner since 2006, will be honored for strategic energy management and a commitment to save energy across its entire operation. The efforts resulted in significant energy and financial savings. Nissan's manufacturing plants in Tennessee and Mississippi have seen their energy efficiency improve by more than 30 percent, saving the company over $11.5 million per year. The Nissan Americas new headquarters building in Franklin, Tenn., features a sustainable design that resulted in the facility receiving its Energy Star label this year.

The 2010 Partner of the Year Awards recognize efforts to use energy efficiently in facility operations and to integrate superior energy management into overall organizational strategy. Award winners are selected from more than 17,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.