FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Contact: Ashley Ford, Neighborhood & Business Services, Communications Specialist
CITY OF CHARLOTTE,
MECKLENBURG COUNTY AND CMS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL BUILIDING COMPETITION
— The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
(CMS) are competing in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2014
ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: Team Challenge.
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.
City of Charlotte is honored to be a part of EPA’s ENERGY STAR National
Building Competition, and to join in a team entry with Mecklenburg County and
CMS,” said Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee. “This year, we’re taking our
energy management program up a notch to compete with thousands of others in
this national competition. We look forward to watching our energy use and
greenhouse gas emissions drop as our cost savings rise.”
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.
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.”
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.
district has a proud tradition of working to lower energy use in our schools
and other buildings," said CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath E. Morrison.
"We are excited and honored to be part of this team approach to energy and
resource conservation. It's a great way to remind everyone that conservation is
important and a shared responsibility."
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.
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.