Partner Recognition

Partners have made extraordinary strides in reducing energy intensity, cumulatively saving more than $5.3 billion in energy costs through 2017. 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.

Fifty-three Better Plants Program and Challenge partners have achieved their energy goals since the start of Better Plants. Five 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.

Apply for 2019 awards by downloading and submitting the Better Practice Award application here and the Better Project Award application here. All applications are due by May 6, 2019.

2018 Better Project Awardees

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

2018 Better Practice Awardees


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

2017 Better Project Awardees

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

2017 Better Practice Awardees

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

Read about Better Plants 2016 Results: Download the 2016 Progress Report
Read about Better Plants 2017 Results: Download the 2017 Progress Report