American-Made Challenges


Calling all manufacturing workers! The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) invites you to be recognized for your creative ideas that saved energy at your manufacturing plant. DOE will select up to 5 winners in each category of small-, medium-, and large-size manufacturers, for a total of up to 15 winners.

The ITEAM Prize – Driving Measurable Energy Savings at U.S. Manufacturing Plants

The Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing (ITEAM) Prize aims to recognize employees at small-, medium-, and large-size U.S. manufacturing facilities who not only recognize the importance of saving energy, but are making it happen, strengthening their company’s competitiveness and driving cost savings in the process.

By sharing successful strategies and examples of leadership, manufacturers can drive energy-productivity improvements and accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient technologies. Through this prize competition, DOE is seeking to recognize leaders who are responsible for creative, specific, and innovative projects to drive measurable energy savings in their manufacturing plants.

Applications were evaluated on demonstrated energy savings, with additional credit being given for successful strategies to engage other workers on the manufacturing floor. Beyond the cash prize, the winners will be recognized at the virtual Association of Energy Engineers World Energy Conference and Expo. To facilitate sharing of successful strategies and examples of leadership, winning ideas and practices are highlighted on the Better Buildings Solutions Center website for the benefit of U.S. manufacturing facilities nationwide.

Congratulations to the ITEAM Prize Winners!

The ITEAM Prize is now closed. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be recognized at the virtual Association of Energy Engineers World Energy Conference and Expo. Winning ideas and practices are highlighted on the Better Buildings Solutions Center website.

ITEAM Prize Winners

Entry Title (listed alphabetically) Winner Location
Compress It. Compressed Air Challenge Rochelle Samuel, Saint-Gobain Wilmington, CA
Continuous Improvement Leads to Energy Culture Jeff Feyen, Charter Steel Saukville, WI
Do the World a favor be a energy saver George Anglin, Toyota San Antonio, TX
Energy as a Service with Regard to LED Lighting David Turkes, Bentley Mills City of Industry, CA
Improving With Age - Boiler Efficiency Improvement Marcus Johnson, Eastman Kingsport, TN
The Leak Stoppers - Jackson, MI Nick Sayles, Saint-Gobain Jackson, MI
Mike Rogers: ISO 50001 at 3M Cottage Grove Mike Rogers, 3M Cottage Grove, MN
Terry McMichael: Compressed Air Improvements Terry McMichael, 3M Cynthiana, KY

Honorable Mention

Entry Title Team Location
Induction Heated Smart Susceptor Blankets Andy Hopkins, John Henry, Marc Matsen, Chris Hottes, and James Kestner; Boeing Garden Grove, CA

Important Dates

  • Release of the Prize: October 5, 2018
  • Window for Completion Date of Eligible Projects: October 5, 2018, to May 15, 2020
  • Submission Entry Deadline: May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET
  • Winners Announced: July 2020
  • Cash Awards Disbursed: August 2020
  • Awardee Projects on Display: September 2020

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Solutions that help shape the future

Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, facility or potential partner? Anyone with an innovative idea can help promote transformation by participating in the American-Made Challenges.

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