STIC With It Energy Challenge for building engineers

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Cook County, Ill., IL

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About the Program

Category: County Resiliency (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The STIC With It Energy Challenge for building engineers is a competition and recognition program to highlight best practices in energy efficient building operations, and allow Cook County building engineers the opportunity to creatively reduce energy from their building’s baseline usage while maintaining occupant comfort. The STIC With It Energy Challenge was piloted in 2021 to help Cook County save energy at its owned-and-operated buildings. The pilot specifically focused on saving energy with no-cost solutions at nine county-owned-and-operated buildings categorized as public safety buildings (courthouses) and corporate facilities (office buildings/warehouses). The acronym “STIC” stands for the four phases of the energy challenge: “S”-See where energy is used, “T”-Tools, “I”- Implementation, and “C”-Create a lasting plan. Building engineers were the employee group chosen for the energy challenge pilot as they can save the most energy for county building operations. Saving energy reduces electricity expenses and helps Cook County make progress toward its climate goals and commitments. The STIC With It Energy Challenge had successful outcomes for Cook County. Nine buildings participated in the pilot program, covering 3.2 million square feet. Energy savings were approximately 406,248 kWh which translated to estimated financial savings of $36,152 dollars during the cooling season.

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