Mid-Sized City Building Energy Benchmarking Workshop


Event Date

3/23/2017 9:00:00 AM

Event Location

Hennepin County Central Library
Doty Board Room, 2nd Floor
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Map of the location.

Parking is available for $3 at the adjacent surface lot, or $6 at the under-library garage. 

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Event Details

What & Why: This workshop is designed to inform local governments about the benefits and opportunities of private building energy benchmarking in small to medium-sized cities, and to answer questions and present tools to help communities take action.

Who: Staff and elected officials of small to medium-sized cities, as well as county staff interested in supporting businesses or cities.

March 23, 2017 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 – 9:30 — Networking
9:30 – 12:00 — Workshop
12:15 – 1:30 — Optional group lunch *

*Cost to be covered by individuals. Attendees may use the time to continue the conversation, provide feedback, and share ideas.

About the workshop

Building energy benchmarking is a growing trend in U.S., with 14 of the largest cities putting ordinances in place and operationalizing benchmarking in the last decade. As a policy and a program, building benchmarking can work in cities of various sizes and smaller cities are also showing interest in benchmarking leadership. While the opportunity and potential for impact in small to medium-sized cities is significant, the conversation is relatively new.

Drawing on national and local data and stories, this workshop will provide information on how this model can work for small to medium-sized cities, as well as what benefits, barriers, and tools are needed to make policy and implementation most effective. In addition, we will unveil a new county-based support model for benchmarking in Minnesota.

We invite cities, counties, and building experts to gather and share information, ideas, questions, and needs to help advance action around benchmarking. 

As part of the workshop engagement, we ask that all participants complete this survey at the time of registration (best before March 14th) to help us understand what information will be most beneficial to you. Use the survey link below that pertains to you. It will take just 3 min to complete!

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Hosted by Center for Energy & Environment and Minnesota Green Step Cities
Facilitated by Megan Hoye | Center for Energy & Environment

Zachary Hart | Institute for Market Transformation

Zachary is the Manager, Building Energy Performance Policy at the Institute for Market Transformation. His work supports the efforts of City Energy Project cities and members of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network as they work to adopt and implement policies and programs to reduce energy waste from their building stock. This includes targeted strategies for small to medium sized buildings. Zachary previously worked for the American Institute of Architects where he served as Director, Emerging Policy, focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Leah Hiniker | Hennepin County

Leah has been the Energy Manager for Hennepin County for 8 years managing energy use for 86 buildings totaling over $10 million dollars of energy cost.  She is a well-known building energy benchmarking expert in the Midwest and is currently leading an effort to build a Hennepin County-based platform for private building energy benchmarking that can be a shared resource for communities. Leah has an Environmental Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University and a vast range of previous experience in the public sector.

Sara Jordan | Hennepin County

Sara is a Minnesota GreenCorps member serving at Hennepin County, where she works to find energy savings opportunities in county buildings. Her work also supports the creation of a standardized framework for cities in the county to adopt a benchmarking policy much like the energy disclosure policy that exists in Minneapolis. Sara has a geology degree and is focused on energy and environmental issues. In 2016 and 2017, Sara is supporting Hennepin County in efforts to set up a county-based private building benchmarking platform that can be shared by multiple communities.

Katie Schmitt | Center for Energy & Environment 

Katie is the Benchmarking Outreach and Policy Coordinator helping cities to investigate whole building and community energy data, and leveraging that knowledge to drive energy efficiency priorities. She helps the City of Minneapolis to implement the Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure program by providing technical assistance, analyzing data, and engaging facilities managers to actively monitor building energy performance and reduce energy consumption. Previously, Katie provided technical assistance for B3 Benchmarking at The Weidt Group and conducted benchmarking outreach throughout Minnesota with the Clean Energy Resource Teams.

This event is collaboratively hosted and sponsored by 
Center for Energy and Environment & Minnesota Green Step Cities



Image Credit: Tony Webster via CC