Fort Collins Wins 2nd Place in Georgetown Energy Competition
On December 18, Georgetown University named the city of Fargo, North Dakota the winner of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP). The city of Fort Collins, took second place, and the cities of Takoma Park, Maryland, and Bellingham, Washington, tied for third place. The cities of Chula Vista, California and Walla Walla, Washington performed best overall in terms of the absolute reduction of energy use.
The GUEP was a two-year, nationwide competition that brought together 50 communities in rethinking the way America’s small- to medium-sized towns, cities, and counties use energy. In the final round, 10 top performing cities and counties were evaluated on their energy-saving approach, performance, and prospects for nationwide replicability and scalability.
Fort Collins was the only Colorado city to advance to the final round out of the 50 communities that originally competed for the $5 million prize package, after residents reduced overall energy use 5.4 percent – enough to power 9,800 homes for one year, Georgetown University announced Tuesday.
“The City of Fort Collins is honored that Georgetown University lists us among the most efficient communities in the country,” said Mayor Wade Troxell. “Cities can lead by example the scaling up of real solutions that make an impact both locally and globally. It makes financial, social and environmental sense for us to increase our energy efficiency and integrate our energy resources for a more resilient community.”
“The municipal organization is dedicated to leading by example as part of assisting the community in meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said City Manager Darin Atteberry. “Our mission to provide exceptional service to an exceptional community includes a commitment to innovating how we provide City services and making the most efficient, sustainable choices possible.”
The City of Fort Collins named its two-year energy reduction campaign “Lose-A-Watt.” The community saved more than 160 billion BTUs of energy and reduced carbon emissions by 34,436 metric tons. The contest targeted electricity and natural gas use by residential and municipal and K-12 sectors.
“Community-based initiatives are rising to the forefront of our national conversation about sustainability,” said Energy Prize executive director Uwe Brandes. “The communities that have participated in this competition have invented and implemented new approaches to reduce energy consumption and on that journey they have saved money and provided new leadership models for other communities to act.”
Georgetown University’s data reflect electricity and natural gas usage for competing communities, as well as financial and carbon dioxide savings. More information on the Georgetown University Energy Prize and Fort Collins’ participation may be found at www.guep.org or www.lose-a-watt.com.