The Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing (ITEAM) 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 for the official rules of the ITEAM prize competition and application details. Click here to view or download the official prize rules.


Entries must be submitted to 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

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