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Knoxville is one of several cities competing for a $5 million dollar prize to help reduce energy use.

The city advanced to the quarterfinals round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, along with dozens of other communities, including Chattanooga.

The City of Knoxville will work with partners such as Knox County Schools' Energy Program, Knoxville Utilities Board, the University of Tennessee's Office of Sustainability, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Social Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED), and other local organizations to make Knoxville a leading competitor.

"There are so many exciting initiatives happening in Knoxville related to energy efficiency," Mayor Rogero said. "This is a chance to raise awareness for those efforts and inspire residents to save money and improve the comfort of their home by saving energy."

For the next round, Knoxville leaders will create a plan to reduce energy consumption in residential and city buildings. The city is looking for community input.

The City has posted a Survey Monkey poll for interested community members to share their ideas for making their neighborhoods more energy-efficient. You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KnoxvilleGUEP

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