KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Eastman Chemical Co. received the 2019 Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for the eighth consecutive time.

“I’m incredibly proud of how the Eastman team continues to embrace our purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way,” said Mark Costa, Eastman Board chairman and CEO.

The Energy Star recognition follows Eastman’s recent announcements to pursue two innovative recycling technologies to address the global plastic waste problem — advanced circular recycling and carbon renewal technology.

The highest honor among Energy Star Awards is the Energy Star Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award. EPA presents the award to partners that have received Energy Star Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition, according to a news release.

Eastman will be recognized Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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