Charlottesville Better Business Challenge


Congrats Winners!

Check out the 2018-2019 Champions here.

What’s the Challenge?

A friendly competition

The Better Business Challenge is a friendly competition that helps businesses and organizations of all types and sizes cut energy costs while making a positive impact on the community!

Based on smart investments

Whether you’ve long been a savvy player in the green business game or are just warming up, the Challenge is your entry point to a fast-growing network of businesses who care about their bottom line AND their community impact! 

That yields powerful results

From homegrown businesses like High Tor Gear Exchange to national brands like WorldStrides, local schools like Albemarle County Public Schools and churches such as United Way, last round's 93 participants achieved:

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Thank you 2018-2019 participants for all your hard work!


Why Join?

Save Energy = Save Money

Business leaders across the nation realize that optimizing energy use and transitioning to renewable energy just makes good business sense.  Local businesses are no exception.

  • Save energy: Peabody School reduced their electricity-use by 44% following the installation of solar panels and an LED lighting upgrade

  • Be recognized as a leader: In an effort to reduce environmentally-unsound Styrofoam packaging, Indoor Biotechnologies switched to VeriCool  temperature-controlled containers, which are 100% recyclable and biodegradable.  When the switch was made to VeriCool, Indoor Biotech was the only company on the east Coast using these containers for shipments. 

  • Innovate: High Tor Gear Exchange decided to use AC condensation to water their plants.

High Tor Gear Exchange watering plants with AC condensation.

High Tor Gear Exchange watering plants with AC condensation.

The Challenge really pushed us to move forward on several initiatives that have been on the back-burner for a few years now. I think it was a very helpful process that energized our team and got us excited about the future.
— Josh Skiles, Career Advisor for UVA Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The Challenge Gives You a Leg Up!

We know businesses don’t have a lot of time, so we’ve made the Challenge easy and flexible for your business! We equip every player with the tools necessary to cut costs and increase their bottom line.  Participation includes access to:


Energy Scorecard with over 45 action items to reduce and improve energy use

Energy Catalyst Toolkit, an easy-to-use digital tool kit to tailor solutions to your business needs

Catered Lunch n’ Learns on key topics to stay ahead of the curve

A Challenge Coach who works with your busy schedule to get things done*

An Energy Walkthrough to uncover opportunities for savings*


Make the Highlight Reel


Involvement in the Challenge is a smart investment in your company’s brand.

We LOVE to tout your success wherever and whenever we can.  Whether it’s one action or many, we find every opportunity to tell your green business story!

During the last Challenge:

●      700 participant shout-outs to potential customers, members, and supporters

●      12 news reports on the Better Business Challenge, totaling nearly 800,000 local audience “touches”


The Challenge helps all businesses, but especially small businesses... Every dollar counts when you own a small business.
— Mary Loose DeViney, co-owner Tuel Jewelers


Ready to Step Up?



The Challenge is powered by


with Proud 2018-2019 Challenge Sponsors


and Proud Community Partners


Smart. Sustainable. Successful.