Philadelphia’s Mayor, Michael A. Nutter announced the start of the Energy Reduction Race, a citywide competition to save energy in Philadelphia’s largest buildings. The City has also released the Year Two Energy Benchmarking report Executive Summary and data and will participate in the United States Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge.

Energy Reduction Race:

The competition challenges participants to reduce their building’s energy consumption by 5% between October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. Awards of $5,000 will be given to three buildings based on the following criteria: greatest total energy reduction, greatest energy reduction by square footage (weather-normalized Site EUI), and greatest increase in ENERGY STAR score.

Participants must complete these three steps to be eligible to win

  1. Update your existing Portfolio Manager account to include data through September 30, 2014 and submit an updated report to the City of Philadelphia. Instructions are available here. Note: If you do not have utility information through September 30th available prior to the October 31st deadline, you may submit it through the end of November and remain eligible for the competition.
  2. Send at least one building representative to a free building operator training hosted by the City of Philadelphia. These trainings will be held in early 2015, and will be offered on multiple dates to accommodate your schedule.
  3. Complete the form below, including contact information for your organization and a summary of how you would use the $5,000 prize to improve the energy efficiency of your facility (no more than 250 words).


The deadline for entering the competition will be October 31, 2014.

View Philly’s Year Two Energy Benchmarking report Executive Summary and data.

View details on the Energy Reduction Race! 


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