Local Success Stories

After photo: Warehouse Motion Sensors Saving Energy!

After photo: Warehouse Motion Sensors Saving Energy!

Plow and Hearth

Plow and Hearth, a national home and lifestyle retail store, achieved large savings in the 2014 Better Business Challenge. Through a lighting overhaul at their corporate headquarters, the company cut lighting costs by $93,000 per year and reduced their energy use by a stunning 887,895 KWh/year, earning them the title of "Better Business Challenge Champion." The lighting retrofit included installing motion sensors on warehouse lighting and making lighting improvements in their office space.


Virginia Eagle Distributing

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Virginia Eagle Distributing, a local beverage distributor, won the 2012 “Top Innovator” award with the installation of solar panels on the lift gates of their tractor trailers and recycling beverage cartons! Before the installation, lift gate batteries were running out of juice on busy days so the trailers had to come back to the distribution center, costing the company valuable time and fuel. This innovation saved them $33,000/year (18-month ROI) and made them a top contender for the Anheuser-Busch “best practice” award in Las Vegas in 2012!

Previous Winners

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Challenge Impact in 2014

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Previous Challenge Participants




Acclaim Service

Albemarle County Public Schools Building Services

Albemarle Baking Company

Albemarle County Service Authority

Allied Waste

Alloy Workshop

Amazing Cleaning Service

Angel Nest Bed and Breakfast

Apex Clean Energy

Artisan's Market

ASAP Sitters

Batteries Plus Bulbs 

Beer Run

Birch Studio

Black Bear Composting 

Bluegrass Grill and Bakery

Blue Moon Diner

Burley Middle School

Bushman Dreyfus Architects 

By Word of Mouth Auto

Camp Holiday Trails

Carpet Plus

Center for Non-Profit Excellence

Charlie Creative

Charlottesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Charlottesville Area Transit 

Charlottesville High School 

Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar

Church of the Incarnation


Clay Fitness + Nutrition 



Cville Arts Cooperative

Cville Coffee

Cville Dental Health Partners

D.R.C Southern Style Cuisine 

Divine Play

Downtown Business Association

Downtown Family Health

DPR Construction

Evergreen Document Destruction & Recycling

Evolve Hair Salon


Freshet Urban Clothing

Fry Springs Station

Glasshouse Winery

Great Harvest


Green House Coffee


Greene Mountain Inn



Habitat for Humanity Store

Happy Cook

Harvest Moon Catering

Heart Beat and Company

Hedge Fine Blooms

Henley's Orchard

Holiday Inn


In A Flash Laser

Indoor Biotechnologies Inc.

Inova Solutions

Jackson 2 Body & Soul 


Jean Theory


Jefferson Madison Regional Library

JPJ Arena

Lexis Nexis

Lithic Construction

Main Street Arena

Margaret McElroy Interior Design

Market St. Market

Martin Horn Construction 




McGuffey Art Center

McKee Carson Consulting Engineering

Mermaid Express

Mid-Town Music

Miller School

Milli Joe 

Montfair Resort

Monticello Nannies

Mountaintop Montessori


My Baby’s Security Childcare

Natural Earth Laundry

Nest Realty

Night N' Day Cleaning Service


One Clean World


Over the Moon Bookstore

Paramount Theater

Payne Ross & Associates

Performance Signs

Pippin Hill Farm

Plow and Hearth

Rebecca's Natural Foods


Rebecca's Natural Foods

Region Ten

Relay Foods


Rivanna Natural Designs

Sandpiper Services

Shenanigans Toy Store 


Southern Development

State Farm Insurance

Stone Robinson Elementary 

Tandem Friends School 

The Happy Cook

The Virginia Shop

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Universalist 

Triple C Camp

Tuel Jewelers

Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

United Way

Unity Church

University Montessori School

UVA Child Development Center

UVA Darden School of Business

Virginia Eagle Distributing

VMDO Architects

Waterstreet Studio

Waterwings E-communications

Westminster Presbyterian Church


Whole Foods

Wild Wings Cafe

Woodard Properties

Worksource Enterprises

Yellow Cab