gic impactathon

The first ever national student energy audit competition, GIC: Impactathon!

UPDATE: We’ve received multiple requests to extend the GIC Impactathon competition deadline by a week…so we’re extending it! The competition will now go through Saturday, November 8. So any energy audits completed before that date will count towards the competition.

October is National Energy Awareness Month, an entire month dedicated to spotlighting the impact of our usage of energy on the environment, on our bottom lines, and our national security. We wish every month was Energy Awareness Month, but we can’t be so lucky. So to celebrate, we are launching our first ever national energy audit competition, GIC: Impactathon!

The GIC: Impactathon is a national challenge to see which of our student volunteers can conduct the most energy audits for local businesses during the month of October. And at the end of the month, we will crown one student or group as the GIC: Impactathon Winner, along with a plaque and other cool prizes like CO2 light switch stickers, blog features, and more.

The competition will bring energy efficiency recommendations to small business owners across the country, as well as empower dozens of students through hands-on experience. But, it’ll do more than just that.

In keeping with the goal of National Energy Awareness Month, this competition will shine a light on a neglected community of the climate change conversation. GIC: Impactathon will raise awareness about the $60 billion in energy costs and the half a billion metric tons of carbon emissions that the small business community contributes every year and the need for us to help them take action.

So we invite you to participate in this national competition and help us to spread awareness. Here’s how you can get involved:


Get Involved: Students & Volunteers


Compete! Step up and try to conduct the most energy audits in your community and take home the GIC: Impactathon plaque. This is a great way to add something to your resume while helping local businesses and the environment. To get started, review the GIC volunteer toolkit and then sign up to join and we’ll provide you with access to our energy audit tool, GEMS

Volunteer Sign Up


Get Involved: Local Businesses


Get a free energy audit! The GIC: Impactathon is a great opportunity for you to support local student volunteers while receiving custom, actionable ways to save energy and utility costs. With the average energy audit only taking 20 minutes and identifying 25% in energy savings, it’s the best investment you’ll make this year. To sign up to receive a free energy audit, simply register your business.

Register Your Business


Get Invovled: Everyone

Spread the word! Use the hashtag #GICImpactathon to help us spread sustainability awareness in the small business community and on universities across the country.

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Check back here often for updates and progress, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates and announcements on the #GICImpactathon and more.

And good luck to all of those competing!