History & Timeline

Since 1979, CEE has developed programs, conducted research, financed energy projects, influenced policy, and led community outreach. Click through our timeline to explore highlights from our diverse work and major milestones of the past 35 years. 

Timeline: 35 Years of Efficiency Innovation

History

CEE began as the Energy Office of Minneapolis in 1979.  As part of the Energy Office, our staff performed Minnesota's first blower door tests and infrared scans, created the Energy Bank financing program and served thousands of Minneapolis residents through the Neighborhood Energy Workshops and Operation Insulation.  In 1989 the City of Minneapolis dissolved the Energy Office and CEE incorporated as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit (first known as the Center for Energy and the Urban Environment).

Over the past thirty years, CEE has served more than 50,000 residential customers with programs such as the Home Energy Squad, Community Energy Services, Neighborhood Energy Workshop Program, Operation Insulation, the Low Income Weatherization Program and the Multifamily Facility Assessment Program.  As the lead contractor for the Metropolitan Airports Commission Noise Mitigation Program, CEE has worked with more than 13,300 homes in neighborhoods around the airport that have been acoustically modified.

CEE is the top home improvement lender for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.  CEE lends in excess of $10 million dollars annually resulting in over 1,100 home improvement loans financed throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.  CEE works with the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) to improve residential properties in over 30 Minneapolis neighborhoods. To date, CEE has originated more than 20,000 loans resulting in over $150 million in community rehabilitation.
 

Awards and Recognition

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Exemplary Energy Efficiency Program Recognition for Energy Efficient Cities (2013)

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Exemplary Energy Efficiency Program Recognition for the Home Energy Squad (2013)

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Exemplary Energy Efficiency Program Recognition for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop (2013)

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Lender Appreciation Award in Home Improvement: Metro and Central Regions (2012)

Finance & Commerce Progress Minnesota 2012 Award for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop Lighting Program (2012)

U.S. Green Building Council, Minnesota Chapter Leadership in Sustainability Award for 2011 Best Green Campaign for Energy Efficient Cities (2011)

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Excellence in Development of Housing Choices Award (2007)

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Outstanding Lender Award in Home Improvement: Twin Cities Metro Area (2004, 2006, 2007)

Minnesota Housing Financing Agency Outstanding Lender Award in Home Improvement: Emerging Markets (2004, 2005)

Governor's Award for Excellence for the One-Stop Small Business Lighting Program (2003)

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Community Outreach Award for reaching under-served populations (2000, 2001, 2002)

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Outstanding Outreach for Affordable Home Improvement (1999, 2001)