The Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) team is committed to assisting every comunity who competes for the prize. All GUEP competitors will receive access to concrete benefits and extensive informational resources and technical assistance to help you develop and execute your energy efficiency programs.
Communities who compete gain access to:
Financial and Technical Resources
The Georgetown University Energy Prize team is working with leading associations, agencies, and foundations to provide all of competing communities, regardless of whether they win the prize, with the following financial and technical resources and benefits including:
- Opportunities to apply for seed grants to get your energy plan started;
- A Deloitte community liaison to see you through the competition;
- Profiles and knowledge-sharing among communities like yours and what they're doing;
- Sample energy efficiency plans and other technical documents and templates;
- Webinars and workshops to support implementation of your plan;
- Educational materials and energy efficiency lesson plans for K-12 classrooms;
- Access to federal agencies that are at the forefront of improving energy efficiency such as: Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development;
- Access to leading experts and exclusive technical assistance resources from government agencies mentioned above and other collaborating organizations; and
- Direct contact with Georgetown University Energy Prize sponsors who can support innovative efforts in your community.
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Examples and Case Studies
Community Action - What Cities Are Doing
Browse more energy case studies on how communities are implementing municipal energy strategies at the Sustainable Cities Institute.
Community Action - What Utilities Are Doing
Developing Your Community Energy Plan
Guide to Community Energy Strategic Planning
A DOE step-by-step guide for city leaders who want to develop a strategic plan using policies that encourage energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in their communities. The guide walks you through nine steps of a community energy planning cycle and provides examples of other community plans.
City of Irvine, California Energy Plan (2008) (population of 213,000)
Companies That Work With Communities to Improve Energy Efficiency
The following companies have services and programs that help communities manage their energy resources through the application of new technology, entrepreneurial approaches, and creative client engagement. This is not a comprehensive list of companies working in this area, and this list of companies is NOT an endorsement of their services—these are only examples that communities can explore.
Guides and examples of quick easy steps, products, energy audits, and home improvements that you can make today to improve your home's energy efficiency.