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Title: The Role of Awards Programs in Stimulating Energy Efficient Behavior: A Study of Award Winners

The value of formal awards programs may be principally in gaining wider recognition for achievements in energy efficiency. But how do these programs contribute to the goal that is presumably behind this value, i.e., stimulating further energy efficient behavior, beyond publicizing the awards ceremonies and describing the projects via websites, posters, and the like? Interviews with 22 individuals and teams of award winners under the Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (DOE FEMP) yield insights on the roles that awards programs can play in stimulating energy efficient behavior, especially with regard to institutional dimensions of such behavior. Award winners identified institutional facilitators and barriers in their projects and programs as well as factors in their implementation processes, thus providing information that can guide other efforts. Although only one of the interviewees affirmed that winning an award was a motivating factor, awards do validate often-hard-won achievements through recognition and, in some cases, additional resources, thus stimulating both the winners themselves and those who see the achievements to further energy-saving activities. Finally, award winners’ responses demonstrated the importance of behavioral and institutional change in energy efficiency.
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Conference: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings - The Next Generation: Reaching for High Energy Savings, August 17-22, 2014, Pacific Grove, California, 7-213 - 7-223
ACEEE, Washington, DC, United States(US).
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
energy efficiency; awards programs; institutional change; behavior change