​The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have joined together to compete in EPA's ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge! This competition pits building against building from across the country to see who can reduce energy use the most.

This year, EPA invited groups of five or more buildings to compete in teams. The Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and CMS team chose seven buildings to battle it out against the more than 5,500 buildings and more than 100 teams across the country. The ultimate goal is to see who can save the most energy in one year.

The buildings that are competing in this year's Team Challenge are the:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
  • Old City Hall
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters
  • Wallace Kuralt Center
  • Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School
  • Metro School
  • First Ward Creative Arts Academy

As competitors, all three organizations will measure and track their building's monthly energy consumption, make improvements to building energy performance, and share progress. The team competitors that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized in April 2015.  

Make sure to check back here to learn about the energy efficient improvements we are making and to check our progress!

For more information on the competition, please visit www.energystar.gov/battleofthebuildings.