Challenge Awards & Recognition

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Positive Recognition

One of the best parts of the Challenge is the "feel good" factor of sharing success stories! And this doesn’t mean waiting until the Awards Night.  All throughout the Challenge, the team is sharing with local media and social networks the innovation, leadership, and energy solutions that businesses achieve along the way.

Our philosophy is: Every Action Matters.  Big or small. If every player takes just one action, and we have 150 players, the community as a whole sees a positive impact!

Challenge Awards

At the Awards Night in 2019 we’ll roll out the “Green Carpet” for an Oscars-style event where winners get to show off their corporate sustainability chops in the following categories!

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  • Better Business Champion
  • KiloWatt Crackdown
  • Green Leader
  • Top Innovator
  • Special Recognition

Better Business Champions
Rack up as many points as you can! Whoever earns the most points earns the distinction: ‘Better Business Champion.’

Awards are given to the top tenants and the top owners in each category of small, medium, and large business (depending on our pool of participants).  6 awards maximum


KiloWatt Crackdown Award
Win this award by achieving the biggest reduction in energy use. Reductions are calculated based on energy use pre and post Challenge (shown by your utility bills). Awards will be given to one tenant and one owner.  2 awards

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Green Leader Award
Be a leader among your peers and tell us how you did it! This honor goes to businesses that demonstrate leadership in the broader community. Winners will be selected by the review committee based on their answers on the four leadership-based questions on the Scorecard and the “Finish Line” questionnaire answers.  1 award


Top Innovator Award
Did you find a creative solution for your energy or sustainability obstacle?  The Challenge Awards Committee looks for a business/organization that stands out for their ingenuity, whether through one or two significant actions or in many small ways. Recipients will be determined based on a review of the “Tell Us What You Did” and “Innovation” answers on the Scorecard, and the “Finish Line” questionnaire answers. We invite you to show us where you thought outside the triangle!  1 award

Mini-Grant Awards

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Thanks to a partnership with the Charlottesville Economic Development office, an additional component of the Challenge will award three $500 mini-grants to support small, women, and minority-owned (SWaM) City businesses with owners who are low to moderate income as defined by the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD).  More information can be found on our Tools to Win page.


Special Recognition Awards

Other special recognition may be determined according to what was inspired by the Challenge at the discretion of the Challenge Awards Committee.

Previous Winners and Success Stories

Over 150 Challenge participants scored big in previous years.  Check them out on our Success Page



Note: Three Scorecard actions are required to win a Challenge Award: participants must submit electricity bills at the starting line and finish line of the Challenge; form an Energy Team; and examine their energy expenses.