Energy and Environment

OUR MISSION

To educate our members on relevant City, County, and State issues regarding sustainability.

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Joint Energy Efficiency Plan (JEEP)
Many facility managers have long lists of improvements they'd like to make if they had the time or money. They may see the need for major equipment upgrades down the road and would like ideas to stretch existing funds. Or, they may want to plan to meet the demands of a booming company that's expanding its production. READ MORE.

BOMA's Letter to the Editor Regarding Natural Gas Consumption
I, along with our members, read with interest the recent StarTribune article regarding energy consumption, including natural gas consumption. 
First and foremost, owners and management companies of commercial office and industrial buildings share the concern regarding climate change. They continue to support voluntary efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of our members have completed or are making substantial investments to upgrade their properties to become LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In recent years, the Building Owners and Managers Association and members have helped shape and promote Minneapolis' energy benchmarking and disclosure program and coordinated the Kilowatt Crackdown contest, which involved nearly 100 commercial buildings competing in categories for energy conservation. BOMA has also established and Energy & Environment Committee to engage with local, county and state agencies when issues such as energy efficiencies, funding or rebate programs, recycling programs, etc., are involved. 
In the article, an opinion was stated that a growing demand for natural gas is due to the construction of new commercial and industrial buildings (and residential as well). This growth is a clear display of economic vitality for all of Minneapolis and shouldn't be considered a hindrance. We applaud the city of Minneapolis for creating environmental goals and the many positive strides that have been accomplished. However, questions still exist. How realistic are these goals given our climate? Which sources of energy are the most efficient, acceptable and economic? 
The most effective way to counter greenhouse gas emissions and to promote cleaner energy is for government, the utility companies and property owners to work in tandem and not introduce onerous building codes or mandates. 
Kevin Lewis, President|CEO of BOMA Greater Minneapolis


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