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Georgetown Energy Prize to Reward Community Sustainability

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Georgetown University
APRIL 23, 2014 – ONE LUCKY COMMUNITY WITH a population between 5,000 and 250,000 will receive $5 million in 2017 to support sustainable energy-saving innovations, thanks to the creation of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP). The prize, which launched at Georgetown today, invites eligible communities to compete with one another to develop and implement plans for replicable, scalable and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. “Our goal is to transform the way America uses energy, and this is a novel way to do that,” said Francis Slakey, a Georgetown physics professor who co-directs the university’s Program on Science in the Public Interest (SPI). “Nothing’s been tried at this scale before, but we have an enormous number of cities that are interested.”