Inspiring Efficiency Awards

Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program, “Unexpected Love Story” Campaign - 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Marketing Award Winner

During the 16th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala, the Inspiring Efficiency Marketing Award was presented to the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program’s “Unexpected Love Story” campaign. The Inspiring Efficiency Marketing Award is presented to the nominee that has engaged in or supported a successful marketing campaign or strategy to increase the adoption or market penetration of energy efficient products or altered public behaviors and practices in the Midwest.

Senator Megan Hunt, Nebraska State Legislature - 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award Winner

During the 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner & Gala, the Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award was presented to Senator Megan Hunt of the Nebraska State Legislature. The Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award honors an organization or individual who has served as a strong leader in support of energy efficiency in their city, state, region, company or community.

Focus on Energy Disaster Relief Offerings and ComEd’s Virtual Commissioning Program - 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award Winners

Two pioneering programs were honored with the Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award at the 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner & Gala. The Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award is presented to the nominee that has developed and implemented a successful new and innovative program, campaign or strategy or has implemented a program in a new and innovative way.

Three Tips to Help Your Inspiring Efficiency Awards Application Stand Out

Each year, the Inspiring Efficiency Awards recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing and Innovation. The applications are reviewed and scored by the Inspiring Efficiency Awards Review Committee made up of MEEA staff, members and board members. Last year we received more than 50 applications across the five categories, which means our dedicated committee members can each read several applications throughout the process. What makes a winning IEA application stand above the rest? Here are three tips to help your application wow reviewers.

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Light Up Avondale Program - 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award Winner

During the 16th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner and Gala, the Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award was presented to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Light Up Avondale Program. The Impact Award is presented to an organization that has made a significant and measurable impact through a program, campaign or strategy to reduce energy consumption (or resulted in a quantifiable positive impact on health, emissions reductions, energy burden or other societal impact) based on their target market.

Kentucky School Board Association School Energy Managers Project - 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Education Award Winner

This past February, we honored the Kentucky School Boards Association’s School Energy Managers Project (SEMP) with the 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Education Award. Each year, the Education Award is presented to the organization that increased knowledge of and action on energy efficiency amongst policy makers, stakeholders and customers through a local campaign or strategy. Through that program, campaign or strategy, the winner has raised the value of energy efficiency in their industry, state or region.

16th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards – Marketing

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing and Innovation. The Inspiring Efficiency Marketing Award is presented to the nominee that has engaged in or supported a successful marketing campaign or strategy to increase the adoption or market penetration of energy efficient products and/or altered public behaviors/practices in the Midwest.

Thank you to all this year’s applicants in the Marketing category:

16th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards – Innovation

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing, and Innovation. The Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award is presented to the nominee that has developed and implemented a successful new and innovative program, campaign or strategy, or has implemented a program in a new and innovative way. While the concept may have been implemented elsewhere, nominees must show how their program, campaign or strategy is unique to the region and the marketplace. 

16th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards – Impact

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing and Innovation. The Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award is presented to the organization that has made a significant and measurable impact through a program, campaign or strategy to reduce energy consumption (or resulted in a quantifiable positive impact on health, emissions reductions, energy burden or other societal impact) based on their target market.

16th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards – Education

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Marketing and Innovation. The Inspiring Efficiency Education Award is presented to the organization that increased knowledge of and action on energy efficiency amongst policy makers, stakeholders and customers through a local campaign or strategy. Through a program, campaign or strategy, these nominees have raised the value of energy efficiency in their industry, state or region.

Thank you to all this year’s applicants in the Education category: