Minneapolis ordinance requires commercial and institutional building owners to track energy and water consumption using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. But the ordinance doesn’t specify what building owners can do to actually reduce consumption.
The city of Minneapolis and the Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) recently helped the Salvation Army save money by reducing its use of water and energy, leaving more money for its mission of helping those in need.
RETAP is partnering with the city of Minneapolis to provide customized recommendations and establish a Portfolio Manager account for any Minneapolis building owner. Recommendations range from simple changes such as turning thermostats down a few degrees in the winter or installing occupancy sensors in meeting rooms, to larger, high-impact projects like lighting retrofits or upgrading inefficient boilers.
The MPCA’s Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) works with businesses and institutions to reduce environmental impact and costs. RETAP conducts free energy, water, and waste audits, and provides prioritized recommended changes and estimated financial and environmental savings.
RETAP can help
Small businesses, municipalities, churches, and schools in Minnesota can contact RETAP to request an audit and get suggestions for reducing their environmental impact and costs. Contact RETAP at 612-781-1307, or visit Minnesota RETAP.