Charlottesville Better Business Challenge


Congrats Winners!

Check out the 2018-2019 Champions here.

What is the Challenge?

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! Whether you’ve long been a savvy player in sustainability realm or are just getting started, the Challenge is an effective way to build energy literacy in your workforce, increase energy savings, innovate around sustainability and lead. Join this fast-growing network of businesses who care about their bottom line AND their community impact! 

From homegrown businesses like High Tor Gear Exchange to national brands like WorldStrides and the CFA Institute, to local schools like Albemarle County Public Schools and Peabody School, and to churches such as Peace Lutheran, last round's 93 participants achieved:


Thank you 2018-2019 Participants!


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

We Give 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 46 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*


We Tout Your Success!

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

We LOVE to spotlight 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:

●      ___ participant shout-outs to potential customers on social media

●     12 news stories about the Better Business Challenge, accounting for over 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.