Additional Resources For Communities

DSIRE: Database of State Incentives

Use the DSIRE to determine if your community is elible for incentives to undertake your energy efficiency (and renewable energy) projects. DSIRE (the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency) is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Resources for engaging local businesses

While commercial and industrial energy consumption is not included in the GUEP figure of merit, an approach that engages local businesses will likely lead to a truly community-wide energy efficiency effort.

Green impact Campaign (GIC)

Green Impact Campaign (GIC) provides training and cloud-based tools to students and volunteers across the country to conduct free energy audits for small businesses, providing them with custom, actionable recommendations to reduce energy usage. Through GIC, GUEP participants have access to a ready-to-launch, community-focused outreach campaign to engage their community of small businesses and universities in energy reduction efforts. Visit to learn more.