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2017 Award Winners

Outstanding Energy Performance
2500 W Layton Medical Building

People's Choice Award
CityCenter @ 735

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year 

ReEnergizer of the Year 
Deon Sartin from Wangard Partners

Occupant Engagement 
Highland Community School

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Self-Nominated Awards

Three of the awards are self-nominated.

  • Energy Efficiency Project of the Year
  • ReEnergizer of the Year
  • Occupant Engagement

You may make multiple nominations per category for different projects, buildings, and people. Nominations for 2018 are not yet open. If you have any questions about the awards, please email

ReEnergize Milwaukee 2017

Annual Awards & Celebration

On October 4, The City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Wisconsin teamed up to host the first annual Better Buildings Challenge - Milwaukee (BBC-MKE) awards and celebration event, ReEnergize Milwaukee 2017. The event honored the program’s commitment to promoting its participants and recognizing their work in energy use reduction. 

ReEnergize Milwaukee 2017 was held at the exclusive Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Suite 414 and the Bucks Preview Center. Guest speakers included the Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, and U.S. Department of Energy Director of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, Anna Garcia.

Five award categories and a general recognition rating were created for the event to showcase leaders in the movement to re-energize and strengthen our greater community and spur action in the City of Milwaukee to make our buildings better. In order to be eligible for the awards below, a building was required to have taken the Better Buildings Challenge pledge by September 8, 2017 and meet any additional award-specific requirements, as found on the corresponding award page. 


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Outstanding Energy Performance

The Outstanding Energy Performance award recognizes the building with the most significant Source Energy Use Intensity (EUI) reduction in 2016 compared to the building's baseline year. This award is determined based on data submitted through ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®.

People's Choice Award

The People's Choice Award is a special recognition that focuses on celebrating the community of participants that make up the City Of Milwaukee's Better Buildings Challenge. By sharing participant experiences and progress, this award helps to build the invaluable network that serves to support and assist all participants with their building's energy reduction goals and ultimately make Milwaukee a world-class eco-city. Candidates are highlighted leading up to the ReEnergize MKE 2017 event via social media and through online profiles and have a physical display at the event. The winner is determined by attendee votes, which are based on the candidate that they believe has done the most to embrace the Better Buildings Challenge.

ReEnergizer Rating

The ReEnergizer Rating recognizes holistic commitment to energy efficiency and operational excellence and encompasses total Better Buildings Challenge program participation. All participating buildings that achieve a minimum of 25 points, as well as have an ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® account, receive a rating.

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

The Energy Efficiency Project of the Year award highlights individual projects that display innovation and a high impact on energy use relative to investment, including use of available incentives. Projects are self-nominated and available in the following categories: large building >100,000 sf, small building <100,000 sf, K-12 school. A building's category is determined by the square footage and use type reported in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. Projects are self-nominated.

ReEnergizer of the Year

Intended to shed light on leaders often working behind the scenes, the ReEnergizer of the Year award recognizes exceptional facility managers, building engineers, and others that successfully lead their team in going above and beyond to manage building operational efficiency, seek out energy reduction projects, and implement tenant engagement strategies.

Occupant Engagement

The Occupant Engagement award highlights the building team that has done the best job in communicating their energy efficiency goals and initiatives to their tenants or other occupants and has engaged their occupants to implement initiatives within their individual leased spaces (where applicable) to support the building goals and initiatives.

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