Media: Energy tracking becomes mandatory for 700 buildings in St. Paul (Star Tribune)

Feb 7, 2020

CEE is a key partner to the City of Minneapolis and the City of St. Paul for both benchmarking ordinances, providing technical and outreach expertise throughout the process.

Excerpted from the Star Tribune:

With big buildings in St. Paul responsible for more than 40% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions, the city will now require owners to keep track of their energy and water use. Called "benchmarking," the practice is gaining traction across the country as a way of pushing building owners to reduce their contribution to climate change by raising awareness of the resources they consume.

Minneapolis adopted its own benchmarking ordinance in 2013, and reported that energy use in private commercial buildings dropped 5.5% between 2015 and 2018. Edina and St. Louis Park have also passed benchmarking requirements. So have Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and other cities. The state of Minnesota has adopted a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 ...

... The policy changes will require tracking in about 700 buildings in St. Paul, said Russ Stark, chief resilience officer for the city of St. Paul. "The idea is that you manage what you measure," Stark said. "The act of taking the time to pay attention to energy and water use actually leads to exploration of ways to use less ..."

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