Winners of the second annual Great Alaska Energy Challenge were announced this week, with The Nature Conservancy earning a top honor.
This friendly competition connects local businesses with state-run efficiency programs and encourages them to reduce their energy consumption during the winter months when utility bills are at their highest. The Conservancy was recognized for its reduction in electricity use in its Anchorage office during the six-month-long competition.
The Energy Challenge was organized by Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), sponsored by Alaska Energy Authority and supported by Green Star Inc.
Each year, Alaskans spend more than $5 billion on heat, electricity and transportation. The Energy Challenge is part of a broader statewide goal to reduce energy consumption 15 percent by 2020, and mandate energy efficiency retrofits on 25 percent of Alaska’s public buildings by 2025. Through extensive efficiency and conservation efforts, this year’s Challenge participants saved the equivalent of nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel combined.
Award winners also included the Fairbanks, Alaska-based engineering form Nortech and Anchorage retailer Bosco’s Comics.
Learn more about the Great Alaska Energy Challenge.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.