City’s energy benchmarking program selected as finalist for 2016 Environmental Initiative Awards 

Environmental Initiative chose the City’s energy use reporting, or “benchmarking” program, as a finalist for its 2016 awards. The Environmental Initiative Awards annually honor innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results in Minnesota by harnessing the power of partnership. For the benchmarking program, the City partnered with the Center for Energy and Environment, Minnesota Retired Technical Assistance Program, McKnight Foundation, Energy Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The benchmarking program is a finalist in the energy and climate award category. Awards in six categories will be presented at a ceremony Thursday, May 26. 

About the energy benchmarking program

The City adopted its Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency ordinance in 2013. This ordinance requires large buildings to track and disclose their energy consumption. It’s intended to increase energy awareness using market forces, rather than performance or design mandates, to motivate owners and tenants to invest in efficiency improvements. This can ultimately save energy, lower energy costs, reduce pollution and spur local green jobs.

The City of Minneapolis recognizes climate change as a serious problem to which human activities contribute heavily. The commercial-industrial sector contributed almost half of the total citywide emissions in 2014 with commercial building energy use as the main source of the sector's greenhouse gas emissions. An analysis of the energy use of 429 public and commercial buildings in Minneapolis revealed that those buildings have the combined potential to save $24 million in energy costs per year and avoid nearly 120,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by increasing their energy efficiency to reduce consumption by 15 percent.

Learn more about the City’s energy benchmarking program.

About Environmental Initiative

Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization that builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota's environmental problems. Learn more.

Published Mar 22, 2016



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