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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. 1. Choose the Right Category – The first step to a great application is making sure you choose the…

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

Fia Turczynewycz accepts Impact Award on behalf of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden worked with partners Donovan Energy and Groundwork Ohio River Valley on an ambitious LED project to make their urban, low-income home community of Avondale the most energy efficient neighborhood…

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

SEMP team

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. SEMP began in 2010 after receiving $5 million dollars in funding from the Obama Administration to develop an Energy Management Program for Kentucky K-12 public schools. This funding helped local school districts hire energy managers and get…

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