Challenge Awards & 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!
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!
Better Business Champion
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 owner. 1 award
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 three leadership-based questions on the Scorecard (Publicize participation to employees and customers; Share energy savings success with staff and the broader community; and present/sponsor a local sustainability or energy outreach event) and the “Finish Line” questionnaire answers/narrative. 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” answers and the “Finish Line” questionnaire which will a section to upload a narrative describing the innovation. We invite you to show us where you thought outside the triangle! Check out our Top Innovator page. 1 award
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. In the past these have been based on the Narrative you can submit at the end of the contest (details TBA) and the description of the two “Tell Us What You Did” action items on the Energy Scorecard.
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. As well as submit their Finish Line documentation on May 15th, 2019.