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5 Ways MEEA Membership Can Help Your Organization Stand Out

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One of the most common reasons organizations join MEEA is to raise their visibility in the industry. MEEA membership can help build your reputation, promote your successes and attract industry-leading partners. The best part: these benefits are included at no extra charge as part of your membership. Here are 5 ways we can help your organization stand out from the crowd: 1. Present on MEEA Webinars If you have a successful project, program or technology you’d like to share, MEEA webinars are a great platform to connect with hundreds of energy efficiency decision makers.   By leading engaging discussions about new trends and ideas, you’ll establish your staff as experts in the field and make new business connections. We’ll promote…

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Buildings are the Biggest Energy Users. A Minnesota Town is Doing Something About It

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Big cities aren’t the only ones making sustainable communities a priority. On June 4, 2019, the Edina, MN City Council approved the Efficient Building Benchmarking Ordinance encouraging building owners to track and reduce their energy use. The initiative requires owners of existing commercial and multifamily buildings over 25,000 square feet to benchmark their building's energy d ata. Edina is now the second city in Minnesota (after nearby Minneapolis) to require benchmarking. Buildings use 60% of all energy in Edina, and benchmarking is a common-sense step to reduce energy usage and improve energy efficiency in the city. Benchmarking helps building owners and staff understand their current usage and identify free and low-cost upgrades…

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Benchmarking: How Des Moines is Establishing a New Baseline in the Midwest

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Des Moines, Iowa joined the ranks of some of the most sustainability-conscious cities in the Midwest when the city council adopted a new benchmarking ordinance on June 3, 2019. The ordinance will require all city-owned buildings and privately-owned commercial and multifamily buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to report their energy and water usage to the city. Currently, large buildings in Des Moines account for 56% of greenhouse gas emissions, and this initiative will aid in the city’s goal of reducing their emissions 28% by 2025. Des Moines emerged as a leader in energy efficiency in the Midwest in 2007 when its city council adopted the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Enhancement Policy, which outlined greenhouse gas…

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