About Us

CEE's mission is to promote energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. Data-driven and community-engaged, CEE’s staff are passionate to discover and deploy the most effective solutions for a healthy, low-carbon economy through several channels.

Center for Energy and Environment is a 501(c)(3)-designated nonprofit organization. For more than 35 years, CEE has pursued its mission through a variety of innovative programs and services:

Research

Staff conduct technology and market assessments to identify tomorrow’s clean energy strategies. For over 35 years, CEE’s researchers have produced technical studies on building science, mechanical system performance, and program policy design.

Programs

By using the latest behavioral research and a “one-stop” approach, CEE’s programs overcome barriers that many homeowners and business owners face when considering energy improvements. Successes include the One-Stop Efficiency Shop and Home Energy Squad.

Engineering for Efficiency

CEE’s engineers provide technical assistance for commercial and industrial buildings with a commitment to practical solutions for complex issues. Engineers focus on a variety of systems and equipment from building automation systems to ventilation and lighting. 

Lending Center

A non-traditional lender, CEE offers competitive terms, technical assistance, and flexible financing for Minnesota businesses, nonprofits, homeowners, and multifamily property owners for energy efficiency and rehabilitation, often in partnership with local cities.

Engagement & Education

Sharing knowledge is critical to CEE’s mission. Staff transform research and program expertise into resources for practitioners and leaders to advance the energy efficiency field. From classrooms to building control rooms, CEE engages and informs diverse audiences.

Policy

Working across sectors and interests for broad support, CEE advances clean energy policy at the local, state, and national levels. We discover and deploy high-impact, pragmatic solutions to accelerate near-term implementation, guided by long-term environmental and economic goals.