Actions and Detail Panel
Mid-Sized City Building Energy Benchmarking Workshop
Thu, March 23, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
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.
Lunch location: Freehouse, 701 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Hennepin County Central Library (full address at right)
Remote viewing by Goto Meeting (access code in confirmation email)
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.
Image Credit: Tony Webster via CC