Better Project and Better Practice Award Winners

One of the hallmarks of the Better Plants program is the recognition of partner achievements in innovation and energy management. While partner success is celebrated in a number of ways, the annual Better Practice and the Better Project Awards offer a unique opportunity for partners to share and recognize accomplishments in their facilities.

The Better Practice award is presented to partners for innovative and industry-leading accomplishments in implementing and promoting practices, principles, and procedures of energy management. Whereas, the Better Project award recognizes partners for outstanding accomplishments in implementing industrial energy, water, and waste projects at individual facilities. 

Winners of both the Better Practice and Better Project awards are recognized in-person at the annual Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit and are also given special speaking and promotional opportunities through the program. Regardless of award status, all award applications are promoted as case studies and recognized online through the Better Buildings website. To learn more about these awards, click here

The application period for 2020 Better Project and Better Practice awards is now open; please submit a form by May 8, 2020 to

2020 Better Plants - Better Project Award Form
2020 Better Plants - Better Practice Award Form

For upgrading two-plate and frame water/ammonia heat exchangers (PHEs) and saving more than $157,000 in annual energy costs
Project Presentation

For installing variable fan drives on 12 cooling tower fans, with estimated annual energy savings of more than $229,000
Project Presentation

Eastman Chemical Company
For devising a process to develop specialized versions of a chemical and reducing production energy costs by 42%, or $725,000 annually
Project Presentation

General Motors 
For using a packaged supplier to make utility upgrades at 3 different sites, shortening the project schedule by 10 months and reducing costs by 20% compared to a traditional stick-built approach
Project Presentation

NEW Water
For its Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy (R2E2) solids recovery facility project that produces its own electricity on-site, reducing annual energy costs by an estimated 50%, or $2 million

Nissan North America
For implementing a chilled water optimization project that has saved 3,000 MWh in annual facility electric energy consumption
Showcase Project I Project Presentation

For installing a condensing economizer to recover energy from a boiler stack, reducing site fuel usage by 10%
Project Presentation

Bentley Mills  
For using an Energy as a Service (EaaS) model to finance lighting and water retrofits with an ahead-of-schedule expected payoff
Implementation Model  I  Practice Presentation

Celanese Corporation
For implementing the Celanese Energy Community program and engaging and educating 98% of the company workforce on energy reduction


Des Moines Water Works
For installing energy monitors to provide staff with real-time energy data and saving $185,000 a year in energy costs
Practice Presentation

Lineage Logistics
For implementing a flywheeling algorithm to optimize refrigeration compressor operation, reducing a facility's energy costs by up to 39%
Practice Presentation

Saint-Gobain Corporation
For launching "Compress It," a voluntary competition between facilities to identify and repair compressed air leaks that led to $2.5 million in annual energy savings
Practice Presentation

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America 
For implementing an Energy Savings Company (ESCO) process in North America that has uncovered annual energy savings opportunities totaling 3% portfolio-wide
Practice Presentation

General Motors

For implementing a building automation system upgrade at its Romulus, Michigan, facility encompassing plant floor lighting, energy metering, and floor HVAC, with an estimated payback of 1.5 years 

J.R. Simplot Company

For implementing a blending tank system requiring less pumping energy, less fresh water, and less cooling tower load at its Pocatello, Idaho, facility, resulting in $161,000 in annual energy savings

Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

For implementing a digester biogas generation & CHP project at its Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant to produce electricity and heat, reducing the plant’s energy intensity by 37% in two years


For installing a 2.5 MW natural gas fired-combined heat and power system at its Gaithersburg, Maryland, facility, helping the site achieve 13.9% energy savings over the previous year

Raytheon Company

For implementing the company’s first energy storage system at its Fullerton, California, facility, with an expected return on investment of over 500% through avoided utility peak demand costs

Saint-Gobain Corporation

For piloting an advanced energy monitoring system with wireless submeters at its Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, facility that has increased operational efficiency and inspired energy reduction projects yielding approximately $30,000 per year in energy cost savings


For creating a virtual “USA Energy Management Toolbox” composed of technical best practices; a database of replicable, quick-win projects; and more

Celanese Corporation

For developing a sophisticated Energy Assessment Matrix to measure and track the strength and continuous improvement of energy management systems

Ingersoll Rand

For forming a Green Team at its Waco, Texas, facility that helped double energy productivity, cut electricity costs by 70%, and standardize a method for tracking multiple key sustainability indicators

Owens Corning

For launching the Composites Solutions Business Energy Team Challenge with cash prizes to inspire competition between plant energy teams to reduce energy intensity

Quad/Graphics, Inc.

For initiating a baseload energy reduction program at its Merced, California, facility that reduced downtime baseload to less than 10%, avoiding an estimated $465,000 in energy costs

TE Connectivity

For deploying energy treasure hunts across the company, giving sites tools, guidance, and support for a largely “do-it-yourself” approach, with the 30 treasure hunts conducted since the program’s inception identifying $2.7 million in savings opportunities

C. F. Martin & Company

For installing a HVAC upgrade that led to a 40% reduction in system energy consumption, better product quality, and reduced maintenance needs

Eastman Chemical Company

For installing a combustion turbine burner that has improved steam production reliability and saved 156,000 MMBTU in annual energy consumption

Ingersoll Rand

For implementing lighting and HVAC upgrades across several facilities, with site energy consumption decreases of as much as 2%

Narragansett Bay Commission

For installing three 1.5 MW wind turbines that offset $600,000 in annual electricity costs and yield hundreds of thousands more in renewable energy credit sales

Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority

For installing a 1.6 MW CHP system fueled by on-site produced biogas that has achieved $473,000 in annual energy cost savings

Charter Steel

For utilizing an energy treasure hunt to simultaneously train employees, identify cost savings, and improve ISO 50001 implementation


For developing a multi-disciplinary Sustainability Team that helped achieve a 30% decrease in facility energy consumption

Johnson Controls

For establishing a company-wide Energy Hunt program as part of the Johnson Controls Manufacturing System that resulted in a threefold increase in identified energy savings projects and helped the company meet its Better Plants Challenge goal two years early

Nissan North America

For implementing an enterprise-wide Energy Management System certified to ISO 50001 that includes all U.S. manufacturing facilities

Saint-Gobain Corporation

For creating WWE (Waste, Water, Energy) Awards to inspire competition among 120+ manufacturing sites to reduce their environmental impact

United Technologies Corporation

For creating a multifaceted energy efficiency improvement program that has saved millions in cumulative energy costs