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INDIVIDUALS TAKING ENERGY ACTION IN MANUFACTURING (ITEAM) PRIZE

INDIVIDUALS TAKING ENERGY ACTION IN MANUFACTURING (ITEAM) PRIZE

Identify ideas and practices for measurable energy savings at U.S. manufacturing plants to stimulate innovation at other facilities.
stage:
Judging Closed
prize:
Up to $75,000 in total prizes
Overview

Challenge Overview

Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing (ITEAM) Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing (ITEAM) Prize competition seeks to identify and attract attention to a wide range of ideas and practices that are driving measurable energy savings at U.S. manufacturing plants to stimulate innovation at other facilities. To do so, DOE is launching the ITEAM Prize competition as a means to:

  1. Find individuals who were responsible for creative, specific, and innovative ideas and practices that led to significant, measurable energy savings at their manufacturing facilities; and
  2. Encourage those individuals to widely share their ideas and practices for the benefit of U.S. Manufacturing facilities nationwide.

Each winner will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000. DOE will select up to 5 winners in each category of small, medium, and large manufacturers, for a total of up to 15 winners. In addition to the cash prize, the winners will be recognized at the Association of Energy Engineers World Energy Conference and Expo and will have their winning ideas and practices highlighted on the Better Buildings Solutions Center. Applicants will have the option to decline the cash prize if selected and still be recognized as a winner and participate in the events and activities described in the prize rules.

Through the prize, DOE is seeking to recognize and bring attention to employees on the plant floor all around the country who not only recognize the importance of saving energy, but are making it happen, strengthening their company’s competitiveness and driving cost savings in the process. By sharing successful strategies and examples of leadership, manufacturers can drive energy productivity improvements and accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies. Through this prize competition, DOE is seeking to recognize leaders who are responsible for creative, specific, and innovative projects to drive measurable energy savings in their manufacturing plants. Applications will be evaluated on demonstrated energy savings, with additional credit being given for successful strategies to engage other workers on the manufacturing floor. Energy efficiency is contagious; through this prize, DOE will recognize their leadership and amplify the success of their projects.

 

Prizes

SMALL MANUFACTURER - $25,000

500 employees or less

DOE will make up to five $5,000 awards in this category.

 

MEDIUM MANUFACTURER - $25,000

500 - 1500 employees

DOE will make up to five $5,000 awards in this category.

 

LARGE MANUFACTURER - $25,000

1500 or more employees

DOE will make up to five $5,000 awards in this category.

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Recognition for a Better Project Award does not impact eligibility under the ITEAM Prize competition. DOE does not make eligibility determinations prior to receiving a complete submission. Participants should view the prize rules and assess whether their submission meets the eligibility requirements.

Individuals may submit an entry on their own behalf. DOE will also accept an entry from a U.S. manufacturing facility that identifies an individual employee taking energy action at its manufacturing facility. However the prize itself will only be issued to the individual responsible for the winning ideas and practices that led to significant, measurable energy savings at the manufacturing facility, and not to the manufacturing facility.

Individuals may submit an entry on their own behalf. DOE will also accept an entry from a U.S. manufacturing facility that identifies an individual employee taking energy action at its manufacturing facility. However the prize itself will only be issued to the individual responsible for the winning ideas and practices that led to significant, measurable energy savings at the manufacturing facility, and not to the manufacturing facility.

Applicants will have the option to decline the cash prize if selected and still be recognized as a winner and participate in the events and activities described in the overview.

The competition is open to individual employees taking energy action at the manufacturing facility where they are employed. The rules do not restrict the job positions/titles of the participants. DOE will also accept an entry from a U.S. manufacturing facility that identifies an individual employee taking energy action at its manufacturing facility. However the prize itself will only be issued to the individual responsible for the winning ideas and practices that led to significant, measurable energy savings at the manufacturing facility, and not to the manufacturing facility. Please see the prize rules for a complete list of the eligibility requirements.

All information submitted in your application will be kept confidential. After the winners are announced, the prize team will contact you to verify that your company is comfortable before publishing or sharing any information with the public. 

Yes! If you apply an idea at your plant and then it is replicated at other sites, it only further tells your story.  

Yes, submitting for someone else is permitted. 

Yes, this is meant to be an individual recognition prize, so please share their name and role in completing the work. However, do not include personal information beyond a person’s name and email address. 

According to the submission guidelines in the ITEAM Prize rules document, “prizes will be made to individuals employed by U.S. manufacturers for outstanding accomplishments in implementing industrial energy efficiency projects that make U.S. manufacturers more energy-efficient, competitive and productive.”  The rules also state that entries “must also present energy savings at the plant (normalized) over the past 12 months (to show improvement compared to last year) and how specific employee efforts have driven energy and cost savings."