The U.S. EPA is hosting a Battle of the Buildings Bootcamp, in which multifamily operators can enter to compete to achieve the most energy savings in 90 days.

“This year, we’re introducing the ENERGY STAR BOOTCAMP as a fun way to kickstart energy and water savings throughout a property, which reduce costs for renters and owners, protect the environment, and ultimately contribute to a healthier community,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The changes made in just 90 days can amount to significant long-term savings, so we look forward to seeing what everyone can achieve.”

Participants need only do three primary things to enter:

  1. Create a free Portfolio Manager® account, which allows users to track their energy use, and register up to five buildings by July 17.
  2. Enter each building's energy data from Aug. 31, 2015, to Aug. 31, 2016, when the competition starts, on Sept. 1.
  3. Enter each building's energy data between Sept. 1, 2016, and Nov. 30, 2016, when the competition ends.

Once users register, the EPA will provide go-to Bootcamp Toolkits on how to prepare your employees and engage tenants in saving energy and water. Also see how other companies have used energy tracking to engage residents in community building through saving energy and water.

Buildings entered will be organized by type, and the EPA will recognize the buildings with the highest reduction in energy and water use in each building category. Winners will receive EPA recognition for environmental leadership and will be promoted through the EPA network.

For more information on who can enter and how, the EPA has prepared these "Frequently Asked Questions."