Better Business Challenge Kicks Off Thursday w Lighting Lunch

Lunch n’ Learn on How Businesses Can “Light Up the Savings”

Charlottesville, Virginia – The Better Business Challenge will launch its first Lunch n’ Learn for all local businesses, churches, schools and non-profits on Thursday, October 3, 11-1 pm. at CitySpace downtown.  “Light Up the Savings” will highlight energy efficient lighting options for commercial spaces as well as give an overview of the Challenge, a year-long competition aimed at helping business incorporate efficiency and sustainability into their daily operations.   The event also offers business owners interactive work sessions on lighting assessments, LED options, and benchmarking utility usage.  Lunch is FREE for attendees who register in advance at

WHAT: “Light Up the Savings” Lunch n Learn, Kick Off of 2013-2014 Better Business Challenge
WHO: Keynote speaker David Alber of Cree Lighting; dozens of Challenge sponsors and participants
WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 11am-1pm
WHERE: City Space on the Downtown Mall
VISUALS:  All Challenge Scorecards, Sample Lighting Displays

“This event will focus on the newest LED technology and also give business owners the chance to roll up their sleeves and start finding cost-savings opportunities whether through lighting or benchmarking their building,” explains Teri Kent, Challenge Director. “It gives businesses leaders the space to network and cross-collaborate, which is another important component of the Challenge.”

“Cree is focused on leading the LED lighting revolution,” said David Alber of Cree Lighting, the event’s keynote speaker. “We’re excited by the opportunity to share LED lighting ideas that will allow Charlottesville business owners to lower their energy bills, save money and help to protect the environment.”

The Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at helping businesses up their efficiency game!  At the heart of the Challenge is an online scorecard structured to help businesses take stock of their baseline and performance in six key areas (Energy, Transportation, Water, Waste, Purchasing, Innovation and Leadership); set goals for improvements and benchmarks for success; and take credit for those achievements as they are implemented until May 2014.

Early birds who have already signed up to join the Better Business Challenge include Main Street Arena, Tandem Friends School, Apex Clean Energy, Harvest Moon Catering, Plow and Hearth, Whole Foods, Virginia Eagle, and Jaunt.

“If a local business has been thinking about ways to lower their monthly fixed costs through lowering utility bills, this Lunch n’ Learn is a great event to get their feet wet,” says Cynthia Adams, Executive Director of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). “We are excited about our new online tool which can help you benchmark the energy use of your building. We hope businesses will come and learn about real-world solutions that enhance sustainability and save money.”


Pre-Register Online for the Lunch n Learn at: OR Call 434‐970‐3117

11:00 – 11:15 Optional Networking

11:20 – 11:55 Intro to Challenge and Dave Alber’s LED Presentation

12:05 – 1:00 Work Sessions (choice of LED lighting, lighting assessment for your business, LEAP online benchmarking tool)

Walk-Ins Welcome as space permits


Website: (easy and free online registration)
Twitter:  @CvilleBetterBiz
Facebook: “Charlottesville Better Business Challenge”

The Better Business Challenge is an initiative led by Better World Betty and LEAP. Key partners include the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Darden Graduate School of Business. Sponsors include the UVA Community Credit Union, Cree Lighting, Republic Services, Rideshare and T&N Printing. Media Partners include 106.1 The Corner, WINA and C-VILLE Weekly. Food Sponsor:  Whole Foods and Harvest Moon Catering.