Cities Across US Compete for $5 Million Energy Prize

Communities across the country will compete for a $5 million prize, awarded to the town/city that reduces energy use the most.

The idea behind the Georgetown University Energy Prize is to  encourage innovative, replicable, and scalable approaches to reducing energy use in communities across the US. It’s aimed at increasing the number of municipalities, utilities, and individuals working to save energy in their homes and communities.

The goals are:

  • Foster innovative approaches to energy efficiency
  • Educate the public and engage students in energy issues
  • Grow markets for products & services that facilitate energy efficiency

    The competition is open to municipalities ranging in population from 5,000-250,000 residents – representing 65% of American communities and 200 million people. 

    Participating communities must develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and demonstrate its initial effectiveness and long-term potential over two years. The $5 million prize is intended to support those continuing efforts. 

  • Although only one community will win the prize, every participating community will get access to financial and technical assistance from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office.

    DOE’s Better Buildings Residential Network will share best practices and technical knowledge with communities.

    Interested communities should submit a non-binding letter of intent as soon as possible, well in advance of the formal launch of the competition in February.

    Here is the Georgetown University prize website: 

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