Across the country, the demand for energy is rising rapidly. Yet, despite known implications on our environment, we still allow more than half of the total energy produced in the U.S. to go wasted due to inefficiencies. 
Salt Lake City wants to help change this, and as part of our commitment to enhancing the sustainability of our community we have pledged our intent to compete in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.
The Prize kicked off at a two-day conference in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2014. At the event—which officially opened the competition’s Application Phase—Salt Lake City was announced as one of more than 50 communities who have signed letters of intent to compete for the Prize.
As a competing community, we join other small- to medium-size towns, cities, and counties that will develop and implement creative, sustainable, and replicable strategies to save energy. During the current Application Phase, we will work together with [utility name], local government officials, residents, energy efficiency experts, and others to develop an energy-saving plan that will not only deliver financial benefits to residents, but will also help ensure the long-term sustainability of our community. Most importantly, we will need to design a plan that other communities can replicate—so that we can all do our part to increase our nation’s energy independence.
The Application Phase—which ends on June 30, 2014—will be followed by Quarterfinals, and Semifinals, and will conclude in 2017 when one winning community is awarded a $5 million prize purse for use on energy efficiency programs. More information about each of the competition’s four stages.
Stay tuned for more details on the Prize, Salt Lake City’s energy-saving plan, and to learn how you can support our efforts. In the meantime, please stay connected with us through our website SLCgreen.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We are excited to get underway in the competition and we look forward to elevating Salt Lake City as a national leader of energy efficiency efforts in America.
For questions about the Prize or if you would like to get involved in the effort, please contact Kate Lilja Lohnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 According to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, using Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration data from August 2010, out of all energy produced, the U.S. has an energy efficiency rate of 42 percent, which means 58 percent of all the energy we produce is wasted.