Campaigns and incentive programs that incorporate ENERGY STAR
Whether it’s delivering technical assistance or hosting a competition, organizations nationwide are incorporating ENERGY STAR in their incentive programs and voluntary campaigns.
Use the list below to find and take advantage of incentives available to you or look for campaigns in your area to join. If you’re considering developing an incentive program or launching your own competition to save energy, check out the initiatives below for ideas and inspiration.
You can also download the full list of federal, state, and local governments leveraging ENERGY STAR.
Green Path Program
This program encourages and facilitates voluntary design and construction of energy-efficient buildings that meet measurable criteria, which includes earning Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR through the ENERGY STAR Target Finder tool.
Arlington County, VA
Arlington Green Games
The Arlington Green Games is a competition for commercial property owners/managers and office tenants to realize the benefits of going green. The year-long competition compares participating buildings across a variety of sustainability categories. Each participating building is required to assess their energy and water use performance using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to benchmark and track improvements throughout the year.
Through the Green Building Density Incentive Program, new development project teams may request additional bonus density and/or height in exchange for a minimum level of energy savings, ENERGY STAR certification, and LEED green building certification. All project owners will also be asked to provide ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager utility reporting data after occupancy each year for 10 years.
The Green Communities Program encourages local governments to demonstrate leadership and set an example for environmental sustainability. Applicant communities can earn points toward certification by implementing a local policy requiring new construction owned by the jurisdiction to be ENERGY STAR certified.
Participating building and business owners compete to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs. Competitors are encouraged to use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track their energy consumption and reductions over time, and all participants receive free energy audits, technical support, energy efficiency rebates and incentives, and complementary training in energy management.
Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA)
CFEEA Kilowatt Crackdown
The CFEEA Kilowatt Crackdown encourages business to reduce energy consumption by benchmarking one or more buildings in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The program provides participants with free tracking tools, consulting, and marketing. Participants competed for the CFEEA Energy Efficiency Community Awards in 2010. The campaign seeks to reduce commercial building energy use by 30 percent by June 30, 2012.
Chicago Green Office Challenge
Participants in the Chicago Green Office Challenge will use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track energy and water use and compile results at the end of the contest period.
Cincinnati Kilowatt Crackdown
Participating Cincinnati office buildings compete to save the most energy by benchmarking their energy performance in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, developing action plans, and implementing energy efficiency strategies. Competitors are assigned a free “Energy Coach” and compete for prizes, gift certificates, and the Grand Prize trophy.
Participants in the Watts to Water program benchmarked energy and water consumption in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to measure reductions against the calendar year 2010 baseline. The competition will reward buildings with the greatest reductions in energy- and water-use intensity at the end of the contest period.
Georgia State Building Competition
This contest challenges Georgia state agencies to reduce their buildings’ energy consumption. Contestants use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to calculate their facilities’ energy use intensity. Buildings are judged on their percent reduction in energy use intensity.
Participants in the Houston Green Office Challenge use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track energy and water use to establish baselines and compile results at the end of the contest period.
Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown
Participants in the Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown track and work to improve their building’s energy use in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The competition is open to owners and managers of all commercial buildings in the city.
Minneapolis, MN - Greater Minneapolis Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA)
BOMA Greater Minneapolis Kilowatt Crackdown
The Greater Minneapolis Kilowatt Crackdown aims to challenge the real estate community to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All participants receive free assistance from Xcel Energy and BOMA to benchmark building energy use and water consumption using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and develop action plans to improve performance through 2012. Top performers will be awarded in the spring of 2013 based on three categories: highest performing buildings, most-improved performance, and most valuable tenant.
New England EPA Region 1
EPA Region 1 Community Energy Challenge
This campaign challenges communities across New England to assess energy use, improve energy efficiency, and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy to local companies. Communities that take part in the New England Community Energy Challenge are provided with assistance, including Web-based training on the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
NJ Pay for Performance Program
NJ Local Government Energy Audit Program
Under the Pay for Performance program, commercial building owners are given technical assistance with developing and implementing an Energy Reduction Plan to reduce energy use by 15 percent or more.
The Local Government Energy Audit Program provides local governments with cost-subsidized energy audits for publicly owned facilities to identify cost-justified energy efficiency measures. Both programs use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to measure progress.
HB 534: Sustainable Building Tax Credits
To qualify for income tax credits, applicants must demonstrate that the commercial building is 50 percent more efficient than an average building of the same type using the ENERGY STAR Target Finder tool.
PlanCon is a set of forms and procedures used to apply for Commonwealth reimbursement for school districts that undertake a major renovation or construction project. Beginning July 1, 2011, all projects initiating the PlanCon process are subject to the following:
1. New District-Wide Facility Study requirements:
Facility benchmarking for each existing building, using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
For each construction option, a predictive utility budget must be completed using the ENERGY STAR Target Finder tool.
2. Comprehensive Energy Modeling requirements using Target Finder.
With funding from DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pennsylvania is offering one-time grants for motivated local governments and non-profit entities with shovel-ready projects that will save or conserve a minimum of 25 percent of all energy used. Applicants must use Portfolio Manager to track their facility energy use.
Phoenix, AZ - Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) of Phoenix
As part of its 7-point Challenge to reduce building energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012, BOMA Phoenix launched the Kilowatt Krackdown to encourage members to benchmark their energy and water consumption using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. BOMA Phoenix hosted a series of workshops on benchmarking building data and identifying trends in energy and water consumption for property managers, facility managers, maintenance staff, and building engineers.
Participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge will use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track energy and water use to establish baselines and compile results at the end of the contest period.
Participants in the Carbon4Square Initiative compete to improve their sustainability practices in multiple areas, including energy. Competitors use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track their energy performance, and technical support is provided for applying to earn the ENERGY STAR.
The Tax Credit for Existing Commercial Buildings establishes a high performance building tax credit that provides an incentive to existing commercial buildings that invest in energy efficiency and green improvements. For the first year of the tax credit, the building must achieve LEED certification and ENERGY STAR certification (if applicable). For years 2 through 5, building owners or managers must either submit the Statement of Energy Performance to the City demonstrating achievement of ENERGY STAR certification or submit the ASHRAE Building Energy Certificate demonstrating that the building has maintained or improved energy performance compared to the first year.
San Francisco, CA
Earth Hour 24x7 Energy
Participants in the San Francisco Earth Hour 24x7 Energy Challenge tracked and worked to improve their building’s energy use in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The competition was open to owners and managers of office buildings, hotels, retail stores, hospitals, medical office buildings, supermarkets, and schools.
Seattle (and King County), WA - BOMA of Seattle
Participants in the BOMA Seattle Kilowatt Crackdown will track and work to improve their buildings’ energy use in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The competition is open to owners and managers of commercial offices.
St. Louis, MO
A regional project initiated to accelerate the increase in square footage of third-party verified space in the St. Louis region. The initiative focuses on promoting the use of energy management tools, including the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
The Westchester Green Business Challenge is a friendly competition for all businesses. Buildings are evaluated using an innovative Green Business Scorecard. Using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, buildings establish energy and water usage baselines and develop reduction goals for the building’s overall energy and water consumption.
Winneshiek Energy District Green Business Challenge
Participants in the Winneshiek Energy District Green Business Challenge use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track energy and water use to establish baselines and compile results at the end of the contest period.
WI Lt. Governor ENERGY STAR School Challenge
This program challenges 100 new WI school districts to join as ENERGY STAR partners and reduce energy use by 10 percent or more across their building portfolios. Participating school districts agree to measure and track energy performance using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and set goals and plan improvements based on the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management.