Amanda Erickson: Many of our actions are not easily seen or noticed by the public. For example, we have done a lot of energy efficiency work to save energy in our buildings, and all of our public buildings’ energy data is uploaded into the B3 Benchmarking program. Although our residents cannot see this data, our staff closely monitors it to know if we’re using more energy than normal and what buildings may need improvements.
Elk River has also chosen to participate in our utility’s Clean Energy Choice program which allows us to purchase clean energy for all our city buildings through Elk River Municipal Utilities and Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. Although we don’t have any large-scale clean energy production of our own, this program allows us to support clean energy.
See Best Practice Actions for more information on B3 Benchmarking (1.1) and purchasing green energy (15.2).