Minnesota Energy Challenge

CEE first launched the Minnesota Energy Challenge in October 2006. Since then, more than 28,600 Minnesotans have pledged to save energy on the site. By combining community education, organizing and team competitions, the goal of the Minnesota Energy Challenge is to make energy efficiency fun and easy, and support communities who are promoting energy efficiency and conservation.


There are over 1,100 teams on the Minnesota Energy Challenge for schools, businesses, nonprofits, neighborhood organizations, and other communities. This allows groups to use the Minnesota Energy Challenge as an organizing and educational tool that also tracks the impact of their campaign  Members can join as many teams as they like, which then track the collective CO2 and dollar savings. Some teams have been running constant Energy Challenge campaigns for the past five years; others use the Energy Challenge for smaller campaigns throughout the year.  

For more information about the Energy Challenge program design and online engagement strategies, read an interview with founder Neely Crane-Smith. And please contact Emma Shriver to request free Energy Challenge materials or a free presentation at your school, business, church, or nonprofit.