Partners have made extraordinary strides in reducing energy intensity, cumulatively saving more than $3 billion in energy costs through 2015. Better Plants works hard to recognize and promote their achievements. Program participants are featured on the Solution Center and receive recognition letters from DOE leadership, invitations to special events, and media opportunities. Partner success stories are highlighted in Better Plants materials and other publications.
Thirty-five Better Plants Program and Challenge partners have achieved their energy goals since the start of Better Plants. Two Challenge partners have also met their water-savings goals. All goal achieving-partners receive trophies for display.
New Recognition Opportunity for Better Plants Partners
Better Plants also honors partners’ innovative, industry-leading energy efficiency work in individual facilities (the Better Project award) and across their organizations (the Better Practice award). To learn more check out the Better Project & Better Practice Award Overview.
The application period for Better Project and Better Practice has closed. Multiple awards will be given out for each category, with winning organizations representing a variety of different partner sizes and sectors.In addition to program promotion, awardees receive certificates at the annual Better Buildings Summit and are given an opportunity to present at Better Plants-sponsored conferences.
Program Partner Goal Achievers
Challenge Partner Goal Achievers
2017 Better Project Awardees
For installing a HVAC upgrade that led to a 40% reduction in system energy consumption, better product quality, and reduced maintenance needs
For installing a combustion turbine burner that has improved steam production reliability and saved 156,000 MMBTU in annual energy consumption
For implementing lighting and HVAC upgrades across several facilities, with site energy consumption decreases of as much as 2%
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
For installing a 1.6 MW CHP system fueled by on-site produced biogas that has achieved $473,000 in annual energy cost savings
2017 Better Practice Awardees
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
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
For implementing an enterprise-wide Energy Management System certified to ISO 50001 that includes all U.S. manufacturing facilities
For creating WWE (Waste, Water, Energy) Awards to inspire competition among 120+ manufacturing sites to reduce their environmental impact
For creating a multifaceted energy efficiency improvement program that has saved millions in cumulative energy costs