Countdown to the application deadline
The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is happy to announce that we will be holding our fourth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards Luncheon on November 14th in conjunction with our Fall Forum at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center.
The awards are a chance to showcase how energy efficiency champions across the Commonwealth are helping businesses, governments, homeowners, and schools save money on energy bills while reducing energy consumption – all while stimulating job growth and our economy.
Submissions will be placed into one of six categories. Submitted projects will be sorted based on the sector served: Academic, Commercial, Government, Low-Income, and Residential. Submitted programs will be placed into their own category. Projects can include, but are not limited to, retrofits, new construction, and innovative technologies or products. Past winning programs include Chesterfield County’s Energy Management Program, Columbia Gas of Virginia’s WarmWise Home Audit program, and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Virginia SAVES program.
The application period will run from Monday, July 15th through Monday, September 16th. Before submitting an application, please read the following sections. The link to the application is at the bottom of the page.
We encourage applicants to provide as much detail as possible. Projects and programs will only be graded based on the information provided in the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The main consideration for the Selection Committee will be the impact/potential impact of the nominee’s efforts on reducing overall energy use within their sector and their ability to go “above and beyond” in the name of efficiency.
Click here to view Arlington County Central Library’s winning application from 2018 to view the level of detail the Selection Committee will be looking for.
Scorecards will be used to grade each project and program on the same merits. You can view the scorecard here.
All nominated projects or programs must be in Virginia, but implementing entities can be from out of state. Nominated projects must already be completed, and nominated programs must already be offered.
Applications must include a 200-word maximum summary, to be written in the third person, and include the projected or realized energy savings or impact (in kWh or BTU). We also ask that applicants provide a photo of the submitted project or program.
Winners are required to attend the Awards Luncheon on November 14th to accept their award. Additionally, we encourage all winners to display the Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards badge on their website and/or social media pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who Can Apply?
Any company, government agency, academic institution, organization, or individual is welcome to submit an application. However, the project or program must be located in Virginia. There is no minimum requirement for how long a project or program has been completed.
Have a project or program deserving recognition? Self-nominations are accepted.
Previous submissions are eligible, but prior award winners may not submit an application for a previously awarded project or program. Previous winners can submit an application for a different project or program.
- Can the same entity submit multiple applications?
There is no limit to the number of applications an entity can submit. However, note that each submission should be for a different project or program offered in Virginia.
- What should we expect with the VAEEC’s fourth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards?
Last year we received nearly 50 applications for our third Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards and we anticipate more this year. The awards will highlight projects or programs that are making strides to enhance energy efficiency within the Commonwealth.
Applications will be categorized by the sector that they serve (academic, commercial, government, low-income, residential, and programs). The application process closes Monday, September 16th.
- How will the winners be selected?
The Selection Committee will be responsible for scoring all applications. The Committee is composed of VAEEC members who are energy experts from different sectors working across the Commonwealth.
Each application will be scored using the same criteria (see awards scorecard). In late September, the Selection Committee will review applications to discuss criteria and nominations in each category. The main consideration for the Selection Committee will be the impact/potential impact of the nominee’s efforts on reducing overall energy use within their sector and their ability to go “above and beyond” in the name of efficiency.
Since our goal is to showcase as many projects and programs as possible, and show how much work is going on in Virginia, the Selection Committee will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for each category.
- What does the Selection Committee process look like?
VAEEC staff will package applications for the Selection Committee to review once the application process closes on September 16th. The Selection Committee will convene two meetings: one in September to discuss the process and scoring criteria, and one in early October to determine the winners.
Scorecards will be used to grade each project and program on the same merits. The Selection Committee will discuss scores and choose winners. VAEEC staff will then reach out to award winners in mid-October to make sure someone from the organization can attend the Awards Luncheon. All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have placed by October 16th.
- Can Selection Committee members submit applications?
Each Selection Committee member will be responsible for grading applications within a certain award category. Members are allowed to submit an application; however, they will not be allowed to view or grade any applications within the sector they applied for.
- The nomination application process seems simple. Is that all you want to know?
Yes! We are requiring a 200-word maximum summary, to be written in the third person, as well as the project or program’s projected or realized energy savings or impact. Additional points will be awarded for innovation and creativity, the degree of difficulty in overcoming challenges, and the ability for actions taken to be replicated and/or serve as a catalyst for further efficiency gains. To better assess what the Selection Committee will be looking for, you can view the scorecard and an application from one of our 2018 award winners.
- When is the Application Deadline?
Monday, September 16th
- Does it cost money to submit an application?
No, there is no application fee.
- When will you notify the winners?
We will notify winners that they have placed by October 16th.
- When and where is the Awards Luncheon?
The Awards Luncheon will take place at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center on November 14th during the lunch portion of the VAEEC biannual forum. We want this to be a networking atmosphere where energy efficiency industry representatives can celebrate our collective efforts in the energy efficiency field.
All awards winners must attend the Awards Luncheon.
We are looking for sponsors for the full day. Sponsorship opportunities can be found here. Award winners and nominees will be able to sponsor the event if they so choose.
There is a registration fee for non-VAEEC members attending the Fall Forum & Awards Luncheon. However, award winners will have their registration fee waived. We encourage all applicants to hold off on registering for the event until after October 16th, so you will know whether or not you have placed and are eligible for free registration. Registration is required and will close on Monday, October 28th.
- 12. What will award winners receive?
1st place winners will receive a glass award, while 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a paper certificate. All winners will be provided with a Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards badge graphic to proudly display on social media, websites, and any other places they so choose.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to the application process or Awards Luncheon. Best of luck!