Over 65% of American communities, home to more than 200 million U.S. residents, are eligible to compete for the Georgetown University Energy Prize.  From Bellevue, WA to Knoxville, TN to Atlantic City, NJ—if you live in one of the 8,892 communities with a population between 5,000 and 250,000 residents, the Georgetown University Energy Prize challenges you to compete for this $5 million prize and national distinction among energy efficiency-focused communities. See below for more details about community eligiblity and be sure to review the Prize rules and download the latest Competition Guidelines

Eligibility Details

For purposes of the GUEP, a “community” is normally defined geographically by the limits of a single municipality – a town, city or county that has corporate status and local government. All municipalities in the U.S.A. with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply. Eligibility is based on the 2010 Census. 

In the case of communities with overlapping jurisdictions (e.g., both a town and its county apply), only one community may apply and compete. GUEP will monitor entries for such overlaps and notify the overlapping communities. It will be up to the communities to decide which entry remains; if they can’t agree, then the earliest application will have priority.

We will also consider applications from “combined communities”: multiple, contiguous municipalities that together have a total population between 5,000 and 250,000. The geographic border of such a combined community must surround a single, contiguous region that contains the entirety of every participating municipality, and no portion of a non- participating municipality. Such combined communities will have to provide additional information in their application as follows: 1) Evidence that the communities can work together successfully (ideally by citing previous cooperation); 2) An explanation of how the local governments, utilities, and relevant community organizations will work together on GUEP; and 3) A description of how the purse would be shared or jointly-used, if won.