Establishing an Energy Competition in Your Community

Win free registration to the National Brownfields Training Conference by setting up an energy competition in your community!

ARTICLE | Aug 6, 2019
By Rebecca DeSantis, content and engagement coordinator, ICMA
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As the old saying goes, competition can bring out the best in people. With the spirit of friendly rivalry in mind, could an energy competition help your community reduce its environmental footprint?

In partnership with Energy Star, ICMA is launching a competition for local leaders to establish their own "Battle of the Buildings" in their cities, towns, and counties. The competition runs from August 5 to October 18, 2019, for communities to create and implement an energy or water efficiency competition among their municipal offices, businesses, residents, or wider community.

According to Energy Star, an energy competition can help your community:  

  • Save energy, water, and money – and reduce waste.
  • Identify best practices to leverage across your portfolio.
  • Jumpstart savings that last beyond the competition. 
  • Work toward your sustainability goals.
  • Engage your occupants and local community.
  • Earn positive publicity for achievements.
  • Build momentum for benchmarking and improving efficiency   

Three submissions will be chosen as winners randomly to receive one free registration to the  2019 National Brownfields Training Conference, held December 11-13, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Featuring dozens of educational sessions offered in a variety of formats, Brownfields 2019 offers high-quality learning experiences and peer-to-peer networking for professionals looking to revitalize their community, spur economic growth, restore the environment, and protect the public health.

Many communities nationwide have already partnered with Energy Star to implement their own "Battle of the Buildings." For example, Louisville, Kentucky, established the "Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown" in 2008 that allowed property managers and building owners in Louisville to demonstrate their leadership in energy-efficient building operations, showcase the most energy-efficient buildings in the market, and share best management practices to eliminate energy waste. 

The US Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with Energy Star, provide a number of resources at no cost to help communities establish their energy and water efficiency competitions, including their Guide to Energy & Water Efficiency Competitions for Buildings & Plants, available as a free download. EPA and Energy Star give you all of the resources you'll need to start your own competition.

ICMA will check-in on the progress of the submissions in order to develop future case studies. Your community could be featured in future ICMA publications and digital media!

Competition Details

  • Competition is open to all municipalities.
  • Participating municipalities must implement their competition within one year of submission date.
  • Three winners will be chosen at random to receive one free individual registration to the 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference.
  • Winners will be contacted the week of October 21, 2019.
  • Winners will be highlighted on the Brownfields 2019 website.

To join the competition, send a letter of support (template below) on official letterhead from a director-level municipal employee or chief administrative officer to sustainability@icma.org by October 18, 2019.

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