The City of Minneapolis Building Energy Challenge was a city-wide program challenging large commercial buildings to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 15% from a 2014 baseline through energy efficiency or renewable energy actions. In 2018, we celebrate the end of the challenge with over 75% of participating buildings achieving or surpassing the goal.
At the 2018 Building Energy Challenge Award ceremony, the City recognized ten leading, commercial buildings for their energy-saving and greenhouse gas-reducing successes. Together, these ten building are saving over 19,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and are setting an example for hundreds of other buildings to also improve energy efficiency, save on utility costs, and operate more sustainably. Learn more about the challenge leaders here.
Benefits of the Challenge:
Why focus on greenhouse gas emissions?
By committing to this ambitious but practical goal, buildings help the City meet the greenhouse gas emission targets set out in its Climate Action Plan. In addition, the metric allows for flexibility - buildings can improve energy efficiency, install or purchase renewable energy, or do a combination of the two.
How was progress be measured?
Building energy benchmarking data submitted annually in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager was used to track changes in greenhouse gas emissions, energy use intensity, and ENERGY STAR scores for annual milestone awards.
Buildings enrolling commit to the Challenge and agree to the City highlighting that commitment publicly in City communications. Challenge participants must also continue benchmarking buildings in Portfolio Manager, actively take steps toward the 15% goal, and participate in recognition activities, which includes case studies and annual awards.