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March 26, 2014

Winners of Student Efficiency Solution Competition Announced

The Energy Department announced on March 19 the winners of the third annual Better Buildings Case Competition, which challenges collegiate teams to present to industry leaders unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings. The winning student teams included Harvard University in Massachusetts, Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Yale University in Connecticut, Stanford University in California, the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of California-San Diego, the University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University in New York, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Winning solutions will be shared more broadly with public- and private-sector organizations through the Better Buildings webinar series and the Better Buildings Summit.

The annual competition supports the broader Better Buildings Initiative goal to reduce energy consumption in commercial, multifamily, public, and industrial buildings across the United States by at least 20% in the next 10 years and it encourages college students to come up with new, innovative ways that American families and businesses can save energy and money. To date, university teams have present more than 100 energy efficiency solutions to more than 60 businesses, organizations, agencies, and governments. See the Energy Department news release.