Columbia selected as semifinalist for $5 million energy prize

5 years 1 month 6 days ago Wednesday, January 14 2015 Jan 14, 2015 Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:43:00 AM CST January 14, 2015 in News
By: Alyssa Strickland, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia was selected Wednesday as a semifinalist in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize at a press event in Washington D.C. The prize is a national competition that challenges small to medium-sized towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use, and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency.

Columbia was officially announced as one of the 50 communities who are leading the way in energy efficiency. By advancing to the Semifinal round in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, Columbia is recognized at the forefront of national energy efficiency innovation. 

"Not only do we want to improve our community's and state's energy efficiency -- currently Missouri is ranked 44th in nationwide energy efficiency rankings," says the city's sustainability educator Brenna Reed. "We know by helping residents to reduce their monthly utility expenses, we can do this, and create a healthier environment to live in."

The CoMo Energy Challenge is Columbia's campaign for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The CoMo Energy Challenge would help residents learn how they can become more energy efficient for the next two years. By making upgrades to their homes, changing behaviors, and sparking a conversation, Mayor Bob McDavid said it will make Columbia a better place for everyone to live.

"By becoming more energy-efficient, our neighbors can save on monthly expenses, be more comfortable at home, and lead by example in a national spotlight," said Mayor Bob McDavid.

The CoMo Energy Challenge will start with a community event at Westlake Ace Hardware during the weekend of January 30. 

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