Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are competing in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2014 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: Team Challenge.
More than 5,500 buildings and more than 100 teams are battling it out to see who can save the most energy in one year. In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, the City, County and CMS will compete against other participants across the country to work off energy waste through improvements in energy efficiency, with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
EPA will maintain a website
devoted to the competition, featuring a list of competitors and their “weigh-in” results, a map of competitor locations, and a live Twitter feed where competitors will post updates on their progress.
“The National Building Competition provides a unique opportunity to help motivate internal team members, get creative with innovative approaches to energy reduction and drive efficiencies through healthy competition,” said Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio. “Mecklenburg County is excited to work in conjunction with our partners at the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools throughout this campaign.”
The City, County and CMS will enter a combined seven buildings in the team competition. CMS also has more than 150 total facilities entered into the competition this year.
Competitors will measure and track their monthly energy consumption using EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool, make improvements to their energy performance, and share their progress.
In April 2015, EPA will award recognition to the individual and team competitors that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity, and to the competitors with the greatest percentage-based reduction in water use intensity. EPA will also recognize a top building by building category using the same metric, as well as all individual and team competitors who reduce energy or water use by 20 percent or more.
Media Contact: Rossana Seitter at 980-395-2492, Rossana.Seitter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov