The Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing (ITEAM) Prize competition seeks to identify and attract attention to a wide range of ideas and practices that are driving measureable energy savings at U.S. manufacturing plants to stimulate innovation at other facilities. To do so, DOE is launching the ITEAM Prize competition as a means to:

  1. Find individuals who were responsible for creative, specific, and innovative ideas and practices that led to significant, measurable energy savings at their manufacturing facilities; and
  2. Encourage those individuals to widely share their ideas and practices for the benefit of U.S. Manufacturing facilities nationwide.

Each winner will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000. DOE will select up to 5 winners in each category of small, medium, and large manufacturers, for a total of up to 15 winners. In addition to the cash prize, the winners will be recognized at the annual Better Buildings Summit and will have their winning ideas and practices highlighted on the Better Buildings Solutions Center.

Through the prize, DOE is seeking to recognize and bring attention to employees on the plant floor all around the country who not only recognize the importance of saving energy, but are making it happen, strengthening their company’s competitiveness and driving cost savings in the process. By sharing successful strategies and examples of leadership, manufacturers can drive energy productivity improvements and accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies. Through this prize competition, DOE is seeking to recognize leaders who are responsible for creative, specific, and innovative projects to drive measureable energy savings in their manufacturing plants. Applications will be evaluated on demonstrated energy savings, with additional credit being given for successful strategies to engage other workers on the manufacturing floor. Energy efficiency is contagious; through this prize, DOE will recognize their leadership and amplify the success of their projects.

Visit Challenge.gov for the official rules of the ITEAM prize competition and application details. Click here to view or download the official prize rules.

Criteria

Participants will be scored based on their responses to the following:

Energy Savings and Impact (50/100 points)

Engineering-based results are acceptable, but true metered data is preferred. The submission will be evaluated, in part, on the magnitude of the energy and energy cost savings. Please detail any impacts beyond the direct energy savings from the projects (increased awareness and engagement, replicability for other plants, auxiliary benefits beyond energy savings).

Initiative/Leadership (30/100 points)

Participants should show how their actions made the process or facility more energy efficient or increased productivity since when the project was completed (no earlier than Nov 1, 2017). Participants are encouraged to add in personal anecdotes such as how working with and engaging other plant manufacturing staff increased energy savings were realized and how the action will continue to lead to savings. In addition, please share content about the facility and the energy-related components of the project (e.g., why it was selected/implemented? How does it fit into a broader sustainability strategy?), what was the process for identifying the opportunity, defining the project, and deciding to proceed? Also, describe what your organization’s goal or desired outcomes for the project, barrier(s) to implementation and what were your solution(s) to implementing the project? Please detail the extent to which the individual had to overcome significant obstacles (e.g., economic, technological, management support, etc.) to implement the project. Please explain, to the extent possible, how the project or practice described in the submission catalyzed greater engagement amongst other employees at the company.

Innovation (20/100 points)

Please articulate how this represents a new way of doing business for the individual, plant or the manufacturer. Where applicable, please describe the new technology and the impact it is having. How imaginative or creative is the practice or project? How replicable is the project?


While the scores of the judges will be carefully considered, it is important to maximize the impact of the prize competition. Some factors outside the control of the Participants and beyond the scope of the judges’ review may be needed to accomplish this goal. The following is a list of such factors. In addition to the judges’ scores, the below program policy factors may be considered in determining winners:

  • The extent the ideas or practices have the potential to accelerate positive economic impact in a variety of manufacturers;
  • The degree to which the projects represent a diversity of technologies employed in the projects, diversity of types of manufacturers, and/or geographic diversity; and
  • The degree to which the project and/or the individual’s efforts have the potential to attract widespread attention and to encourage third parties to further develop the ideas or practices.

Eligibility

Eligibility is subject to verification before monetary prizes are awarded. To be eligible to win an ITEAM Prize, Participants must comply with the following eligibility requirements,

  1. Participants must have complied with all requirements set forth in the Official Rules for ITEAM.
  2. Individuals must be a United States citizen or a U.S. permanent resident, and be 18 years or older.
  3. The manufacturing facility where the idea or practice is being implemented must be located in the U.S. This includes the 50 U.S. states and 6 territories.
  4. The manufacturer/entity must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States.
  5. DOE employees and DOE support service contractors, individuals who have been employed by DOE, or working for DOE as a support service contractor within six months prior to the submission entry deadline are not eligible to participate.
  6. Non-DOE Federal entities and Federal employees are also not eligible to participate.
  7. Employees of any co-sponsor organization for the ITEAM Prize competition are not eligible to participate.
  8. Participants may not be a Federal grantee using Federal funds to participate.
  9. Federal contractor Participants may not use Federal funds from a contract to participate in the ITEAM Prize competition or to fund efforts in support of an ITEAM Participant.
  10. Prize Administrator employees directly involved in the administration of this prize competition are not eligible to participate.

A Participant will not be disqualified for using Federal facilities or consulting with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.

Eligibility is not limited to individuals employed by manufacturers participating in DOE technical assistance programs like Better Plants, 50001 Ready, Industrial Assessment Centers, etc.

Individuals may submit an entry on their own behalf. DOE will also accept an entry from a U.S. manufacturing facility that identifies an individual employee taking energy action at its manufacturing facility. However the prize itself will only be issued to the individual responsible for the winning ideas and practices that led to significant, measurable energy savings at the manufacturing facility, and not to the manufacturing facility.

By uploading an entry, a Participant certifies that it complies with the eligibility requirements described above. As soon as DOE becomes aware that a Participant is not eligible to win the ITEAM Prize, the Participant may be disqualified.

How to Apply

Visit Challenge.gov for the official rules of the ITEAM prize competition and application details. Click here to view or download the official prize rules.

Deadlines

Entries must be submitted to Challenge.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern time May 15, 2019.

Prize Competition Announced: October 5, 2018

Prize Rules Available Online: November 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM ET

Window for Completion Date of Eligible Projects: November 1, 2017 to May 15, 2019

Submission Entry Deadline:  May 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET

Winners Announced: July 2019

Cash Awards Disbursed: August 2019

Prize Awardees Projects Displayed: September 2019

All dates are subject to change including prize competition openings, deadlines, and announcements.

For questions about the prize competition, contact: iteamprize@ee.doe.gov.