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Better Project and Better Practice Awards

Better Buildings Initiative partners can nominate their organization by downloading and completing the application form and emailing it to betterbuildings@ee.doe.gov. Nominations must be received no later than January 16, 2024.

Successful applications will address:

  • Innovative ways to improve energy or water efficiency, waste reduction, or decreases in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Projects with significant savings and practices that can be replicated in other buildings or industrial facilities.
  • How the partner overcame one or more barriers to decarbonization, energy or water efficiency, or waste reduction.

Award winners will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Magnitude: What's the impact on the organization and the scope of the effort (e.g., a system-wide vs. equipment-replacement approach)? How much energy, emissions, water, and/or waste savings are realized by the project?
  • Replicability: Is the project/practice easily replicable to other facilities? Have the results been shared broadly?
  • Innovation: How imaginative, creative, or novel is the practice?
  • Additional Benefits: What impact does the project/practice have on topics such as occupant health and wellness; workforce development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; community engagement; and other benefits to underserved communities?

Click here for Applications