LOS ANGELES -- A JCPenney Store located in Orange, CA, is among the top three winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Building Competition.

The competition challenged teams from 14 buildings across the country to measure their building’s energy use and reduce waste with help from the EPA's Energy Star program.

The JCPenney Store, which came in third, is part of a group of 63 JCPenney stores that participate in the company’s Advanced Energy Management Program., The store achieved an energy reduction of 28.4%.

The Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won first prize, reducing its energy use by 35.7 percent in one year. A Sears store in Glen Burnie, MD, came in second place with a 31.7 percent energy reduction.

Read the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's press release. 

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