Sustainable Pittsburgh today launched its Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge to urge business owners to reduce consumption of natural resources, saving money in the process.

The year-long challenge aims to inject a bit of friendly competition into efforts by businesses owners and property managers to use less water, electricity and natural gas in their day-to-day operations. Businesses don’t need to own their facilities to compete; they should just be able to access bills for at least one utility used to support operation of work space, in order to measure progress. Companies receive points for monitoring and reducing utility use, earning ENERGY STAR certification, getting employees to use fewer fossil fuels in their commute, and other sustainable practices.

To learn more about the challenge, check out today’s news release and explore the details in the competition manual. The deadline to sign up is October 31, 2011. Winners will be announced in fall 2012.