The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsors the annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards to recognize individuals and organizations for significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the federal government.

FEMP intends to distinguish federal employees who developed and implemented exemplary, cost-effective projects and programs that cut energy waste and advance America’s progress toward energy independence, resilience, and security, while also advancing federal agency missions.

The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards honor outstanding achievements in:

  • Energy and water efficiency and conservation
  • Energy and water resilience and cybersecurity
  • Distributed energy generation
  • Fleet and transportation management.

2021 Awards

FEMP has released the 2021 Criteria and Guidelines for the 2021 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards competition. Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. Nominations must be submitted to FEMP by June 10, 2021 via FEMP’s awards nomination portal.

Step by Step

To make a nomination for the 2021 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards, follow these steps:

  1. Read the Criteria and Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions documents.
  2. Contact us with questions about the criteria and guidelines.
  3. Work with your federal agency coordinator to discuss your nomination in advance, and check to see if they have internal deadlines separate from FEMP.
  4. Register for a WebEx meeting to review the Criteria and Guidelines and nomination portal. Register for one of the identical hour-long presentations to be held April 20 at 1:30 p.m. ET and May 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
  5. Log in to the awards nomination website, and submit your nominations by June 10, 2021. Make sure to use the correct nomination narrative template for your selected award category.

FEMP plans to announce the winners in August 2021 and host a ceremony for the winners in Washington, D.C. in fall 2021.

2020 Awards

FEMP has announced the winners of the 2020 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. Read more about the 29 winners of the 2020 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards from 10 agencies.

FEMP is currently exploring options for honoring the 2020 Federal Energy and Water Management Award winners and showcasing the solution sets represented by these winners. Please check back for additional information.

Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum

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In 2018, FEMP hosted the first Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum in conjunction with its annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards ceremony.

This informal forum was organized specifically for the award winners to share their award winning program or project’s best practices, successes, barriers, recommendations, and lessons learned and to network. FEMP staff guided and documented these discussions and developed lessons learned summaries, which are featured on the 2018 Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum.

Learn about the 2019 Award Winning Champions Shared Lessons Learned Forum.

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