MN Energy Smart

MN ENERGY STAR Challenge- Community Partners

The cities of Hutchinson and Woodbury have been selected as Community Partners of the Minnesota ENERGY STAR Challenge.

The goal of the partnership is to boost the number of buildings with ENERGY STAR certification in the state in a way that reaches a wider variety of buildings and attains a more geographically diverse portfolio of participants. Hutchinson and Woodbury are ideal partners in this project and will serve as a model that can be replicated throughout the state.

Each of these communities has demonstrated leadership in energy and sustainability initiatives and marks the beginning of lasting partnerships that will deepen efforts to increase building energy efficiency.

The Minnesota ENERGY STAR Challenge is a statewide project organized by the Great Plains Institute (GPI), the U.S. Green Building Council – Minnesota, and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Energy Smart program. The Challenge is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and in-kind contributions from several utilities.








The Challenge seeks to lessen environmental impacts that result from excessive energy use in our built environment. Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s total CO2 emissions come from commercial buildings. On average, buildings that are ENERGY STAR certified use 35 percent less energy than comparable buildings, reducing air emissions as well as operating costs.

Owners of commercial buildings who are interested in participating in the Challenge can now sign up to receive:

  • Free education and assistance related to energy benchmarking
  • Energy reduction strategies
  • National recognition through the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Certain qualified buildings may also be eligible for free technical assistance for building upgrades or other measures through the program. The Challenge is open to all owners and managers of existing buildings located in the State of Minnesota, with eligible properties. The Challenge will run until January 2017, with recognition in April 2017.








More information on the ENERGY STAR challenge can be found at