The EPA Community Energy Challenge is an opportunity for municipalities across the nation to identify simple and cost-effective measures that increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use while reducing air pollution and saving money.  The EPA will provide technical assistance to every community that chooses to take the challenge.


By joining the challenge, a community must agree to assess energy use in its schools, municipal buildings or wastewater facilities and set a target for reductions (at least 10% lower than your baseline) in energy use intensity (energy use per square foot).  The timeframe for reductions is up to participants.




Get Started


To take the pledge, a community must complete and submit a Commitment Letter to the EPA.  Please send an electronic copy of your commitment letter to CCEF at:


Get Help


The Tools and Resources Library of the EPA website offers a variety of documents to assist challenge participants.  Several key components to help challenge participants meet their energy goals include the following.

  • The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager will help you in assessing your buildings’ energy use per square foot, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions and:
    • Manage Energy and Water Consumption for all Buildings
    • Rate Building Energy Performance
    • Estimate Carbon Footprint
    • Set Investment Priorities
    • Verify and Track Progress of Improvement Projects
    • Gain EPA Recognition

For more information, please visit the Portfolio Manager Overview page on the EPA website here.

  • The Benchmarking Starter Kit offers useful links to guides, data collection worksheets, and a training video to get you started.
  • Participate in free online training sessions covering many areas of the Community Energy Challenge, including Portfolio Manager training. Click here for the complete schedule of these events.

Get Results


Once you have identified areas for improvement and upgrade in your buildings, the Building Upgrade Manual will assist in developing a plan to put those energy and cost-saving measures into effect.


The Guidelines for Energy Management is adapted from successful strategies put forth by ENERGY STAR partners.  This seven-step guide focuses on creating an energy management policy that works for your municipality.  The Energy Program Assessment Matrix and the Facility Energy Management Matrix aim to compare your municipality or organization’s energy management with those described in the guidelines.



Get Recognition

  • Earn the ENERGY STAR! A building must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System. To determine the performance of a facility, EPA compares energy use among other, similar types of facilities on a scale of 1-100; buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR 
  • Sign Up for the EPA New England Community Energy Challenge E-mail group.  You will receive monthly e-mails on a variety of topics that pertain to you as a challenge member.  Email Cynthia Veit ( to join.