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Detroit Office of Sustainability Launches Energy Challenge

Detroit, MI – To encourage buildings to take a leading role in reducing energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability partnered with the Detroit 2030 District and Michigan Battle of the Buildings to develop the Detroit Energy Challenge.

Launched February 27, the Challenge encourages Detroit building owners to track and reduce wasted energy in buildings across the city. The buildings with the greatest reductions from their prior-year baseline will be recognized at the first annual Detroit Energy Challenge Award Ceremony in spring of 2021.

“The Detroit Energy Challenge is a great way for building owners to save operating expenses, foster healthier indoor environments for employees and residents, and to play an important part in reducing our emissions” said Joel Howrani Heeres, Director of Sustainability for the City of Detroit.

Competitors will benefit from education and networking opportunities. Energy Star Portfolio Manager workshops will be held throughout the year to assist competitors who would like to learn energy-efficiency strategies and assistance with entering the challenge. Detroit 2030 District offers building owners and manager members a trained ambassador to assist them for an entire year at no cost. All Detroit Energy Challenge competitors are automatically enrolled in the popular Michigan Battle of the Buildings giving the additional opportunity to be recognized as a Biggest [energy] Loser in the state-wide competition.

"I commend the City of Detroit for prioritizing energy efficiency and carbon reduction in Michigan's largest city. By recognizing local companies who are leading the way, we will inspire storytelling and increase the vibrant culture that is Detroit. Building on the only state-wide energy competition in the country proves Michigan is serious about securing our clean energy future. It's go time!” said Cheri Holman, Executive Director of Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

For additional information:
Nishaat Y. Killeen
Project Manager, Office of Sustainability
City of Detroit, Office of the Mayor
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