Kilowatt Smackdown Philadelphia is a city-wide initiative where student volunteers conduct free energy assessments for local businesses in Philadelphia. Students compete to see who can help the most local businesses save energy while earning prizes, internships, and recognition.

The competition is now closed! Check out the results:

June 8 - October 1, 2016

Students gain skills and win prizes

During the competition, students gain professional skills through hands-on experience, boost their resume, and win prizes and scholarships from local sponsors.

Businesses learn ways to save energy

Local Philadelphia businesses receive custom action plans on ways to reduce energy usage, save money, and make a positive impact on the planet. And it’s completely free.

Philadelphia becomes a greener city

By bringing students and small businesses together, local Philadelphia communities become greener, more prosperous places to live, work, and play.


How Does It Work

Students from around the Philadelphia area are invited to sign up and get trained. After signing up, students walk through Green Impact Campaign’s virtual training platform that shows them how to conduct energy assessments using the mobile app GEMS.

Small businesses are then offered a free energy assessment from these trained students. The assessment takes roughly 20 minutes for the student to complete and provides the business owner with a custom report detailing actionable ways to save energy and money.


June 8: Competition period begins

September 30: Competition period ends

October 1: Winners announced

Student Prizes

The students that complete energy assessments for the most local businesses during the competition period will be awarded the following prizes.


1st place: $1,000
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $200


Top-performing students will be given the opportunity for informational interviews at regional energy and sustainability firms and/or research teams in the Phila­delphia area


All students that complete at least one assessment will receive a GIC Certified Volunteer certificate


Sign up to conduct energy assessments for local businesses and compete against other students for prizes

Small Businesses

Register to receive a free energy assessment from a trained student and learn ways to save energy

Made possible by: PennStatelogo


Green Impact Campaign (GIC) is on a mission to reduce the environmental impact of small business while better equipping the next generation of climate leaders. We provide university students across the country with cloud-based tools and training to go out and conduct free energy assessments for local, small businesses in their community. Small businesses receive the custom, actionable information they need to make their business more energy efficiency and profitable. While student volunteers receive professional skills through hands-on experience for future impact careers.

Kilowatt Smackdown is our regional competition series where we select one community, town, or city to focus on. We work closely with local universities and partner organizations in the community to host an impactful and exciting sustainability initiative.