Workshop: Mid-Sized City Building Energy Benchmarking


Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Hennepin County Central Library (downtown)
Doty Board Room, 2nd Floor
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis  Minnesota  55401
United States

Hosted by

Center for Energy and Environment and Minnesota Green Step Cities

Registration requested.

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.

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.

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.


  • Jayson Antonoff, Associate Technical Director, Institute for Market Transformation
  • Leah Hiniker, Energy Manager, Hennepin County
  • Sara Jordan, Green Corps member, Hennepin County
  • Katie Schmitt, Benchmarking Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Center for Energy & Environment

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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission