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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Contact: Ashley Ford, Neighborhood & Business Services, Communications Specialist



Charlotte, NC — 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.

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.

"The 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.

“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.

"Our 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.

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.