The ENERGY STAR® Battle of the Buildings is an annual competition that challenges building owners and managers to reduce energy and water use, and save money over a one-year period. In May 2016, the BGCA All-Stars team was named first in Water Reduction and second in Energy Reduction out of 125 teams from across the country!

Building on that success, 13 Boys & Girls Clubs and two Feeding America food banks participated in the 2016 Bootcamp competition. East Texas Food Bank and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota – Southside Unit took home top honors!

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota – Southside Unit was the Top Energy Saver in the Pre-school/Childcare category for this year’s National Building Competition! They saved $11,000 over 90 days! They had this to say about participating in the challenge –

Staff remain engaged in saving energy because it’s the right thing to do, and they know that those saved financial resources can be used to support Club programs and help kids. The LED lights are a visible difference that reminds staff daily about the savings.”

The East Texas Food Bank was the winner in the Distribution Center category for this year’s National Building Competition! The 36% water savings was one of the largest reductions in water use among all building types! They had this to say about participating in the challenge –

Give staff the knowledge about why water conservation is important. Savings on utilities means more money that can go back into the mission. This leads to buy-in from your entire organization’s staff.”

2016 Bootcamp Participants
East Texas Food Bank | West Alabama Food Bank | Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee (Florence, Hartsville, Lake City, Rick & Susan Goings) Boys and Girls Club of Gordon, Murray, and Whitfield (Calhoun Unit & Carl Rollins Unit) | West Rome – Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia | Fort Walton Beach – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast | Peachcrest – The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta Area | Mt. Airy – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities | Southside – Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
Herbert Hoover – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis | North Omaha – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

2015 Team Challenge Participants
A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club – Dr. Kirkwood R. Balton Unit | The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta – Fuqua
Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County – William E. Slaughter | Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County – Rick & Rita Case
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley – Lenior City | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta – Greenwood | Boys & Girls Clubs of Moultrie-Colquitt County | South Rome Boys & Girls Club | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Region – Rick & Susan Goings
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County – Thomasville Unit | Boys & Girls Club of Whitfield County – Carl Rollins Unit