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Four Pearl Network Contractors Are Honored as 2023 ENERGY STAR Award Recipients

Environmental Protection Agency recognizes businesses and organizations that protect the environment through energy efficiency achievements.

ENERGY STAR Awards Four Pearl Network Contractors

Pearl Certification, the gold standard in high-performing home certifications, is pleased to announce that four of its network contractors have been honored with the 2023 ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Award.

Pearl Certification, the gold standard in high-performing home certifications, is pleased to announce that four of its network contractors have been honored with the 2023 ENERGY STAR® Contractor of the Year Award. 

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes businesses and organizations that have made "outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements." 

This year, four contractor partners in the Pearl Network were named to the prestigious list. They are: Ciel Power LLC, Kearny, N.J.; Green Team LI, Holbrook, N.Y.; Home Energy Medics, LLC, Arlington, Va.; and Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation, Phoenix, Ariz.

"We are proud to partner with companies that are serious about serving their clients while using their knowledge and tools to preserve the environment with the goal of reducing waste and carbon emissions," said Derek Estes, Vice President of Pearl's Contractor Division. "We only partner with the best of the best, and the EPA's ENERGY STAR Award signals that our network contractors are not only focused on delivering exceptional work but are also employing cutting-edge technology and practices to protect the environment." 

Pearl carefully vets contractors and only accepts those businesses that meet its rigorous standards. Being a member of the Pearl Network enables contractors to offer the nationally-recognized Pearl Certification on qualifying installs to build trust with customers, win more business, and differentiate themselves from the pack.

About the Awards 

ENERGY STAR Award Winners lead their industries in the production and sale of energy-efficient products and services and in the development and adoption of strategies that provide substantial savings in our homes, buildings, and plants. All these efforts contribute to reduced emissions and create a healthy environment. Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. 

About Pearl Certification: Pearl Certification is the gold standard in high-performing home certifications, bringing visibility to the valuable features that make them healthy, safe, comfortable, and energy- and water-efficient. Pearl Certified homes sell on average for 5.5% more than comparable homes, according to independent appraiser studies. Pearl is the only national sponsor of the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program and is a partner with the National Association of REALTORS® Green Resource Council.  


Contact Information:
Kat Cahill
Growth Marketing Director, Contractor Division, Pearl Certification
[email protected]

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Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus

The forward-thinking, planet-positive brand creates footwear made with purpose in Annapolis, Maryland

Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus
Made Plus Debuts The SKIFF

The SKIFF is a tribute to Annapolis' rich boating history. Ethically engineered, forward-thinking fashion made with purpose.

Made Plus, a pioneering footwear brand founded by industry veterans Trey Hentz, Kevin Fisher, and Alan Guyan, officially sets sail today. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, at 190 Admiral Cochrane Dr. STE 170, Made Plus marks a new era of personalized “planet-positive” footwear proudly made in the United States. With Made Plus, every step matters, which is why the brand has reduced a complex manufacturing process from 300 steps to less than 50 – significantly eliminating negative outputs on the environment. 

Having collectively contributed their designs to industry-disrupting products for athletic footwear giants such as Under Armour, Nike, and Sketchers, the trio of Guyan, Fisher, and Hentz now embark on an extraordinary journey to redefine the traditionally tedious, outdated, and wasteful shoe manufacturing process. What started in a garage in Annapolis is now a micro-factory where the team passionately advocates for a sustainable future and a reimagined approach to crafting “made-to-order” footwear.

Local production and a relentless focus on an environmentally conscious lifestyle fall at the heart of Made Plus' identity, positioning the brand as a trailblazer in the footwear landscape. “Our core mission revolves around reducing our carbon footprint, minimizing waste, and championing ethically viable practices. Every step matters, from sourcing components to the production process to the elevated performance our customers experience,” said Alan Guyan, Founder and CEO of Made Plus. “We are also focused on maintaining a local-first approach, crafting products for locals by locals, fostering a strong sense of community and connection right here in Annapolis.” 

Unlike conventional shoe manufacturing, Made Plus employs a revolutionary made-to-order business model, significantly reducing waste while providing a design-thinking customization experience. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies, including 3D printing, knitting, and digital modeling, Made Plus offers personalized footwear tailored to each individual's needs – a shoe made just for you.

Guyan expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to have the freedom to focus on our mission while doing what we love best - designing and innovating in a way that raises the bar for the footwear industry while delivering customized, elevated experiences for our customers."

The debut offering from Made Plus is the "SKIFF" lifestyle shoe, a loving tribute to Annapolis' rich boating history, specifically inspired by the small boat that shares its name. Showcasing ethically engineered performance UPKNT technology, each pair is upcycled from six plastic water bottles, free of excess foams and linings, and incorporates Azo-free dyes and upcycled components such as laces, webbing, and support structures. “The 'SKIFF' encapsulates our dedication to crafting contemporary, high-quality footwear from recycled materials, embodying our vision of forward-thinking fashion made with purpose,” added Guyan. 

About Made Plus Inc. 

Made Plus is a visionary footwear brand founded by industry veterans who have honed their craft at major companies, including Under Armour, Nike, New Balance, and Sketchers. Steadfast in its vision to revolutionize the footwear industry, Made Plus is committed to purpose-led design thinking rooted in simplified shoe science. The brand is making a positive impact through ethical manufacturing and using high-quality, sustainable materials. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, every pair of Made Plus shoes is made-to-order and crafted with care in the U.S. To learn more, please visit

Contact Information:
Caitlin Wolf
PR Consultant
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Original Source: Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus
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