LANSING, Mich., Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight individuals and organizations from across Michigan today received the Governor's Energy Excellence Award for their extraordinary efforts to reduce energy waste. The winners were announced by Gov. Rick Snyder at a ceremony at Michigan State University in East Lansing. "Reducing energy waste will be a critically important part of an energy policy that will preserve Michigan's comeback and protect our wonderful natural resources for decades to come," said the governor. "The individuals and organizations honored today should be proud of their innovative efforts, and I encourage all Michiganders to take the necessary steps to be more energy efficient." Winners of the Governor's Energy Excellence Awards by category are: Best Commercial Project (Private)Odawa Casino Resort, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, PetoskeyBest Commercial Project (Public)Western Michigan University, KalamazooBest Residential ProjectMichael Eick, Clinton TownshipBest Industrial/Manufacturing ProjectCargill Inc. — Cargill Salt, St. ClairBest Agriculture Project Weiss Centennial Farms, FrankenmuthContractor of the YearOscar W. Larson Company, ClarkstonBest Communication or Education ProgramHabitat for Humanity of Kent County, Grand RapidsInnovator of the YearDennis Schultz — Terra Caloric, Alpena The honorees' energy solutions ranged from installing energy efficient, state-of-the-art heating, cooling and lighting systems to common-sense, lower cost steps like caulking windows and adding insulation.