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Funds Available for Efficiency Projects

In early 2016, the Green Business Cost Share program piloted funding energy and water saving projects in over a dozen local businesses. From this success, the program is now offering cost shares up to $20,000, which are available to Minneapolis businesses for efficiency projects. Applications for small cost shares are accepted on-going through late 2017 while those for the large cost shares are due May 19th, 2017.

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Ackerberg Group in the News for Energy Plans

The Ackerberg Group, property owner and manager of notable buildings such as Calhoun Square was recently featured in Finance and Commerce regarding their energy and other sustainability plans. Read more.

Reducing the energy waste of ‘plug load’

New Minnesota-based research suggests strategies for reducing electric plug load in offices. Plug load from computers, monitors, printers, and other devices can make up to 20-25% of electric use in today's offices, making it a valuable source for energy reductions. Read more.

Congratulations to the Building Energy Challenge Award Winners!

Congratulations to the winners at the Minneapolis Building Energy Challenge Awards 2016! On Nov. 2nd, we celebrated the energy efficiency of five innovative and determined buildings and highlighted the extraordinary work of building operators. Read the recap of the event.

Benchmarking Leads to Easy ENERGY STAR Certification for Colwell Building

With a score of 79, the Colwell Building in the North Loop is Minneapolis' newest ENERGY STAR certified building. Gretchen Lundberg, who was in charge of the office building’s application, says that for Minneapolis office buildings, certification is a must, “Prospective tenants ask if we’re LEED or ENERGY STAR certified.” Now, she can answer that question with an emphatic ‘yes!' The Colwell building took advantage of the City's ENERGY STAR Certification grant program. Read more of the story.

City Grants for ENERGY STAR Certification!

Do you have an efficient building? If so, tell others about it with ENERGY STAR certification!

And for a limited time, apply for a Minneapolis ENERGY STAR Certification Grant that covers more than 60% of the cost!

Certification provides recognition using the nationally known ENERGY STAR standard. By becoming certified, you join the ranks of leading organizations. Be one of the first to earn apply for certification and receive $500 toward an $800 site visit completed by a professional engineer. Check out the certification benefits:

  • Plaque for your building providing transparency to building occupants
  • Increased marketability of your well-run, energy efficient building to potential tenants
  • Recognition on Minneapolis and ENERGY STAR websites

DeLaSalle High School Sets Energy Legacy

DeLaSalle High School, the private high school on Nicollet Island, may be best known for its Catholic, LaSallian tradition and focus to educating diverse students, but it is quickly adding sustainability to its renown. Through faculty, staff, alumni, and student engagement, the school is making headway at improving the efficiency of its own building and is ensuring a legacy of energy sustainability. Read more.

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