Engage with Better Plants

Manufacturing companies and wastewater treatment organizations partner with Better Plants, to set specific energy, water, and waste reduction goals, and commit to reducing energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all their U.S. operations. In support of these goals, Better Plants aids partners by providing technical assistance, tools, resources, and national recognition to help them achieve their goals.

Whether through sharing your energy efficiency solutions, hosting a building tour, or highlighting your achievements through social media, there are many ways to participate in the program and gain recognition for your success. 



Partners in Action

As part of Better Plants' effort to highlight partner success stories and showcase their journeys and achievements in the pursuit of greater plant efficiency, the Better Plants team will engage partners in building tours and other creative means to showcase achievements through media. See some of these examples showcased in the videos podcasts, and blogs, below: 

Zebra Technologies


In this episode of Decarbonization Download: 5 Qs with…, Mani Balakrishnan of Zebra Technologies sat down with Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to discuss Zebra’s goals and progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its operations and supply chain. He also shares three tips that other companies can use when starting their carbon reduction journey. Read the full transcript of the uncut interview here.

Through the Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot, DOE is working with market leaders to demonstrate real-world successes in achieving low and no carbon emissions from building and manufacturing operations. Learn more and watch past episodes on the Decarbonization Download homepage.

Deschutes Brewery


In October of 2021, Better Plants partner Deschutes Brewery was featured in an episode of Direct Current, DOE's official podcast. In this episode, "Brewing Up Energy Savings," workers at the Oregon brewery walk through the energy-consuming process of making beer and how participating in Better Plants has helped reduce energy and water costs.

In addition to the podcast, a blog post was written about the Oregon State University-Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) team's experience as energy detectives at Deschutes Brewery. Through the IACs, undergraduate and graduate engineering students perform energy audits at small and medium-sized manufacturers around the country - giving students real-world experience and providing manufacturers with free advice on harnessing significant energy and cost savings. The IAC team ultimately identified potential cost savings close to $250,000 at Deschutes, representing a 41% reduction in utility costs.

Other Stories from Partners


Opportunities for Promotion

The Department of Energy works with partners to promote their energy-efficiency success stories and solutions through various media channels, including those listed below. 

DOE Site Visits

Trade Publications

Speaking Opportunities

Share your solutions first-hand with DOE leaders and media representatives. Site visits allow reporters and energy experts to see first-hand innovative energy efficiency projects and practices at the facility level.   DOE works with partners to place interesting and newsworthy stories in industrial trade publications like IndustryWeek, Design World, Chemical Processing, Facility Executive, and ISE Magazine.  Better Plants sponsors several industry conferences throughout the year, typically with tracks of panel sessions. These sessions help partners elevate their industry standing and amplify their energy-efficiency messaging. 

Social Media

Beat Blog

Contact us for Promotion

Interact with Better Plants on social Media and help us promote your energy efficiency milestones and program-related announcements.  Better Plants works with partners to publish original stories about program-related energy accomplishments, innovative energy projects, internal energy events, and In-Plant trainings (INPLTs).  To explore any of these promotional options with the DOE Better Plants program, please contact your Technical Account Manager (TAM) or email DOE at betterplants@ee.doe.gov.



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