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ENERGY STAR® BOOTCAMP competitors save nearly 49M kWh in three months


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Last fall, 200 organizations decided they were ready to see some major improvements in their buildings’ energy and water usage. So, they entered a combined total of more than 800 buildings into the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP and began a sprint to the finish line. Over just 90 days, these tough competitors trimmed their energy and water “wastelines” by using themed activity kits to engage building occupants and employees in tackling energy and water waste. Overall, the BOOTCAMP participants saved a combined total of nearly 49 million kWh of energy and 45 million gallons of water!

Congratulations to Boeing and Verizon

Out of all our impressive competitors, Boeing came out on top by cutting more than 26 percent of their energy usage in the Boeing-Renton 10-18/20 Building in Reston, Wash., saving an estimated $200,000 in just three months. On the water side, the trophy goes to Verizon’s Staten Island Central Office in Staten Island, N.Y., for improving water efficiency by 33 percent, and saving more than $8,000.

You can check out the final competitor standings on the Battle of the Buildings homepage, and download the themed activity kits to start engaging your building occupants in saving energy and water all year long.

What’s next?

After seven successful years running the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition, we’ve gathered and highlighted many best practices and inspirational lessons from our competitors. Every year, competitors joined the race, and the positive environmental impacts continued to grow. This year, instead of hosting another National Building Competition, EPA will focus on supporting our partners in running their own successful competitions. We’ve shown the value of the competition model, and now we have a great set of resources available for you to leverage the ENERGY STAR brand and host your own energy battles.

Host a competition

On Thursday, May 11 at 1 PM ET, join us to hear from winners of this year’s BOOTCAMP competition who have successfully run their own internal energy competitions. See how they successfully organized and energized their building occupants to save energy and water by using the BOOTCAMP activity kits and other ENERGY STAR resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, learn from competitors’ best practices, and find out tips for hosting your own competition within your organization or locality. 

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