County Earns National Achievement Award for "Bring Your Green Challenge"

Montgomery County, Ohio, Earns National Achievement Award for “Bring Your Green Challenge”

 Dayton, Ohio (June 15, 2020) – Montgomery County’s “Bring Your Green Challenge” has been recognized with a Best in Category Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award honors the best programs from across the nation for their innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

The “Bring Your Green Challenge” was selected as Best in Category in the category of County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability, due to its exceptional results and unique innovations. The “Bring Your Green Challenge” is a web-based software platform for businesses, organizations, school and government agencies to participate in a fun competition to reduce waste, decrease carbon emissions, and realize energy and cost savings. The web-based challenge features a leaderboard to encourage friendly competition and to allow participating organizations and individuals to track their progress.

“We are thrilled to receive the distinction of a Best in Category award for our sustainability program,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “Our team found a fun and engaging for people and organizations to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint. There work has had measurable results, resulting in more than 2.6 million tons of waste diverted from landfills and $3.5 million in enhanced energy rebates.”

NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson said, “We are seeing firsthand now more than ever that counties work tirelessly to support our residents. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs showcase how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

Lamees Mubaslat, executive director of Dayton Regional Green, said her team has focused on making the “Bring Your Green Challenge” accessible and the goals attainable for individuals, small businesses, or large organizations.

“Organizations large and small can benefit from participating in the program,” Mubaslat said. “By using the online platform and tracking their progress from their utility bills, they will not only reduce their energy and resource consumption, but they can also save money. So, it’s a win-win.”

Mubaslat also acknowledged the contributions of her team members Gage Tiber and Thomas Blurton, who are currently working on a project to track energy and waste data for all Montgomery County buildings so that further savings and efficiencies can be recommended.

“Bring Your Green Challenge” started in 2015. Businesses, schools and government entities participate in the friendly competition, making the challenge fun and engaging by pitting them against their peers. Since its inception, the competition has enabled more than 400 businesses, schools, universities, local governments, and non-profits to engage in action-based sustainability challenges to yield:

  • reductions of more than 12.5 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere
  • 12.67 million KWH electric savings
  • an average of $851,000 in energy cost savings for participants
  • $3,500,000 in enhanced rebates from the local power utility
  • more than 2.6 million tons of waste diverted from landfills

The environmental impact of these reductions is equivalent to taking 1,700 homes off the grid, 2,500 cars off the road or planting 350,000 mature trees.

“These stunning results are what make this program special,” Mubaslat said. “We are moving the needle and making a measurable positive impact on our environment.”

Montgomery County would like to thank its partner organizations and program sponsors for all they have done to make the program a success: DP&L, Vectren, IGS Energy, and Energy Optimizers USA.

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About the NACo Achievement Awards Program

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

About the National Association of Counties (NACo)

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.  Learn more at www.naco.org.