USGBC-LA, in partnership with MeterLeader, is inviting LASER members to join a new and exciting no-cost employee engagement initiative that we’ve developed specifically for LASER members and their employees, starting on October 1, 2022.
LASER Companies have set ambitious ESG goals to reduce their carbon emissions across their operations, however in the Post-Covid world, most companies now have employees working from home. This new reality is not being properly addressed in today’s ESG reporting. Furthermore, approximately 20% of total US carbon emissions come from homes.
To help address this new reality, USGBC-LA has partnered with MeterLeader, a USGBC Net Zero Accelerator and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator startup, to create a LASER Home Energy Challenge Pilot.
The MeterLeader Platform gamifies saving energy in homes by using real-time utility and proven behavioral science principles. MeterLeader helps companies engage with their employees to reduce carbon emissions at home, and enables those companies to accurately report those reductions for ESG purposes. MeterLeader is like a Fitbit corporate wellness program, but instead of steps, they measure kWh, therm, and carbon emission reductions.
LASER Home Energy Challenge
The goal of the LASER Home Energy Challenge is to motivate employees to adopt energy efficient behaviors and equipment at home, thereby reducing carbon emissions and saving them money on utility bills.
Starts: October 1 – November 30, 2022
Individual Goal: USGBC-LA is challenging employees who are LADWP, SoCal Edison, SoCal Gas, and SDG&E customers to reduce carbon emissions stemming from their home energy use (electricity AND natural gas) from October 1 through November 30, 2022 by at least 10%.
Group Goal: We are also challenging everyone to achieve the group goal of 30,000 pounds of CO2 reductions. This is the equivalent of carbon sequestered by about 16 acres of US forests in one year!
Prizes: The Top 5 participants who reduce their home energy-related carbon emissions by the greatest percentage will win prizes and another 5 winners will be awarded prizes based on a lottery system. Every 1% of CO2 savings gets a lottery entry. Prizes TBD.
Eligibility: Must be a primary account holder of an active residential Los Angeles Department of Power and Water (LADWP), Southern California Edison (SCE), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and/or San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) electric or electric/gas account for at least 1 year. See complete Challenge Rules here.
How to Get Involved
We would like LASER members to promote and encourage their employees to participate in the LASER Home Energy Challenge. Its quick, easy & free! All LASER companies need to do is:
- Attend the webinar on September 16, 2022 (you should receive an invitation shortly). This webinar will be specifically for LASER corporate members to learn in more detail about how the challenge works, how their employees are able to use the MeterLeader platform, etc.
- After you attend the September 16 webinar, forward a sequence of 9 emails to your employees that USGBC-LA will send to you. Please see schedule of emails below:
|2022 Dates||Attend 2 Events||Forward 9 Emails|
|September 16||Webinar for LASER companies – Intro to Challenge|
|Week of September 19||Announcing the LASER Home Energy Challenge|
|Invitation to webinar Kickoff to LASER Home Energy Challenge|
|Week of September 26||Webinar for LASER Employees – Kickoff to LASER Home Energy Challenge||Why Join Challenge – Energy Use & Climate Change|
|Why Join Challenge – Saving Energy at Home|
|Week of October 3||Start of Challenge|
|Week of October 24||Month 1 Progress Update|
|Week of November 21||Month 2 Progress Update|
|Week of December 12 (or once LADWP data has posted)||Challenge Results|
|Week of December 19 (or a week after LADWP data has posted)||Winner Testimonials|
By getting their employees involved in the LASER Home Energy Challenge, LASER Organizations will:
- Measure carbon emissions from WFH employees
- Improve Culture of Sustainability at Work & at Home
- Improve Employee Satisfaction & Retention
- Align with local Climate Goals
Similarly LASER Employees who participate in the challenge will:
- Track utility on an hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly basis
- Save money on utility bills
- Win prizes
- Learn about electrification
- Enjoy Community Experience
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