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GreenStep City Best Practices Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings
no. 1

Benchmark energy and water usage, identify savings opportunities in consultation with state programs, utilities and others to implement cost-effective energy and sustainability improvements.
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Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.

 
  • The Minnesota Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) database compares each building's energy use, normalized by historic weather data and building use information, to what it would be if built and operated to current code. It then ranks your city's buildings according to their energy performance so you can determine which buildings to target for cost-saving operational changes and improvements, and makes the argument for energy efficiency investments by calculating potential savings. 15% reductions (kBtu/sf/yr) in 4 years have been documented in B3 for public buildings. Click on Webinars under the Learning Center at the web site linked to above for instructions on using the database.
  • View resources for new B3 users and new B3 functionality. Note that B3 can import ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager data either as a one-time process or on an ongoing basis. Coming in 2016, for Xcel customers, will be automatic data transfer into your B3 account.
  • Consider bringing on a college student intern to prepare a city staff person to routinely enter energy billing information into the B3 web site. That intern would characterize each city building and clarify each meter that gets billed. For help in making arrangements contact your regional CERTs coordinator.
Complete the Building Editor for each city-owned building; identify the person responsible for routinely entering data; enter current (at least once/90 days), consecutive monthly energy use data ongoing; also best to enter 12 consecutive months of historical energy use data.
Complete 1 Star criterion and enter 24 consecutive months of historical data; routinely validate newly entered data by looking at patterns/trends and inconsistencies; correct inaccurate entries and identify potential opportunities for energy savings.
Complete 1 and 2 Star criteria, routinely ID energy-related operations and maintenance issues and poorer performing buildings for follow-up action; routinely enter current and consecutive (monthly or quarterly as available) water use data ongoing.

Arlington

Date action report first entered:   03/30/2016
Date of last report update:   05/03/2016

Implementation details:
B3 Benchmarking data has been reported for city buildings. Data has been input for natural gas, electricity, water and sewer use for buildings since 2011 and is continuing to be updated regularly.

Outcome measures/metrics:
As a result of the findings, Lee Ortloff of PeopleService has enlisted the aid of MnTAP, to identify ways to lower operating costs through improved energy efficiency at the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant. This is a new Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and MnTAP project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, aims to increase energy efficiency (E2) in Minnesota municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and scope opportunities for onsite power generation. The project will run through 2017. We are excited to see the savings as we update the B3 data.

Descriptive links: http://www.mntap.umn.edu/POTW/wwtp.html

For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff)   |   ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com   |   507-964-2378

Partners:
PeopleService, MnTAP

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Austin

Date action report first entered:   02/29/2012
Date of last report update:   03/02/2016

Implementation details:
Information has been entered for significant buildings. It is kept current quarterly with plans to print and distribute B3 reports to council & department heads. In addition, Riverland Community College has been entering data monthly since their 2007 baseline, and Austin Public Schools since 2006. An assessment of the energy saving opportunities in 3 of the city owned buildings was completed in 2014 by ICS Consulting, Inc. The Building and Lighting sub-committee reviewed the recommended improvements and reported to the Sustainability Taskforce on recommended actions. None of the actions were deemed viable at the time for the GESP but the city has moved forward with self-financing on some of the recommendations.

Outcome measures/metrics:
As of June 1, 2012,6 buildings use significantly less energy than other buildings of that type. A plan is being developed to deliver quarterly reports to city staff.

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Elected official)   |   jkanderson@gofast.am   |   507-433-1081

Partners:
Kelly Lady, Austin Utilities; Ann Arney ics Consulting

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Crookston

Date action report first entered:   12/01/2006
Date of last report update:   04/23/2015

Implementation details:
Angel Hoeffman with the City of Crookston has been gathering data quarterly and entering it into the B3 Benchmarking program for city owned buildings. These buildings include the Crookston Sports Center, Terminal, Water Treatment Plant, Valley Technology Park, City Hall, Fire hall, and the Library. Recording data started in December 2006 or when a building was constructed. In March 2015, data began to be recorded monthly for more accurate trending.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report?OrganizationID=289&ReturnTo=Cities

For more information contact:
DeAndra Navratil (City staff)   |   oconn587@Umn.edu   |   701-330-5226

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Edina

Date action report first entered:   04/21/2014
Date of last report update:   07/07/2015

Implementation details:
B3 data is entered for all municipal buildings and is kept current by the Finance department. Complete data exists for all facilities as far back as 2008. Trends and energy savings opportunities are reviewed and an annual summary is provided to the Energy and Environment Commission. Environmental Engineer provides annual summary of trends and opportunities to Energy and Environment Commission in January. Key Staff have access to B3 data and are encouraged to use the data in capital planning.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Annual energy cost, comparison to benchmark, MMBTU, CO2.

Descriptive links: http://edina.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1638

For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff)   |   tbrown@edinamn.gov   |   (952)826-1621

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   11/29/2016
Date of last report update:   08/08/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
As of 2016, 10 years of energy use data has been entered for 20 City-owned buildings. Consecutive monthly energy use data for all 20 buildings is entered on a monthly basis by the public works administrative assistant. In 2006 the City conducted a facility analysis identifying features in public buildings that need to be updated or replaced, many of which would lead to increased energy efficiency if implemented. Trends and opportunities for energy savings are reviewed by staff and presented to the Environmental Commission on an annual basis.

For more information contact:
Claire Huisman (City staff)   |   chuisman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   763-593-8030

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Hopkins

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2011
Date of last report update:   07/06/2016

Implementation details:
Hopkins began entering data into the Minnesota B3 benchmarking database in 2009 and continually updates the Minnesota B3 database. The City then uses the information to assess energy efficiency in all city-owned buildings.

For more information contact:
Chuck Autio (City staff)   |   Cautio@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6378

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Hutchinson

Date action report first entered:   04/30/2015
Date of last report update:   04/30/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Hutchinson tracks every meter owned by the City since Jan 2006. The B3 site is not as versatile for tracking every meter so we use an internal Excel spreadsheet to track, trend, and monitor each individual gas and electrical meter. B3 is used on an annual basis as a check for our internal data monitoring processes. Performance contracts have been used as a model to implement efficiency improvements (attached). We have also implemented a robust facility improvement plan to address capital needs that incorporated efficiency into the project prioritization criteria.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Significant improvements have been made largely due to the data that we have collected and analyzed. A variety of clearly definitive usage trends have been observed due to improvements that have been implemented. This has made asking for funding to support efficiency improvements easier when approaching elected officials. We have observed some double digit reductions in gas and electrical since the 2006 baseline was established. 2014 data showed the City wide reduction in kWh used equated to 20.5% reduction compared to the baseline.

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For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff)   |   jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us   |   320-234-5682

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Lake Crystal

Date action report first entered:   10/09/2013

Implementation details:
As part of her MN GreenCorps service with the City of Lake Crystal, Joan Van Grinsven entered nearly 4 years of historical electrical and natural gas usage data for the 14 city owned buildings. Once all of this data was entered she checked for any inaccuracies, and fixed them. During her service time, she will be exploring ways to improve the worst performing buildings. Joan Van Grinsven will be in charge of updating the data in a monthly basis, until her service term is over in August 2014. Before she is finished with her term, the city will train someone else to enter current data.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Using the B3 database allowed us to figure out which buildings the city should focus on improving. This turned out to be the city's recreation center and maintenance buildings. This program also allows us to notice if there are any spikes in utility usage within the water or power plants that should be addressed, even though these building types are not benchmarked.

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For more information contact:
Taylor Gronau (City staff)   |   lccity@hickorytech.net   |   507-726-2538

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   12/08/2016
Date of last report update:   12/08/2016
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Leech Lake has benchmarked 68 Tribal-owned buildings with 148 total utility meters. Through B3 Benchmarking, savings potentials have been identified. These potentials have been identified for GESP and consulted on with the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

Partners:
The Weidt Group, Minnesota Department of Commerce

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011
Date of last report update:   09/28/2018
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
St. Cloud conducted a detailed assessment of all City facilities in 2004. In addition to determining existing conditions and future space needs, it includes energy recommendations. Also, the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Framework Plan includes Greenhouse Gas Reduction as a best practice area and an action to enter public building data into the MN B3 database and rank buildings in regard to energy performance. Benchmarking data will be entered in the MN B3 database beginning in June, 2011. As of March 2017, 100% of the utility data has been entered into B3 for the 400+ citywide meters. This data is being used to develop annual energy reports for each department/facility. These reports will be used to identify potential energy efficiency opportunities and savings. As of September 2018, meters have been maintained and B3 has been used to track all renewable energy use as well as track purchased energy use throughout the city.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City is projected to have 80% of its energy purchases coming from, or accounted for by, renewable energy sources. This includes onsite solar energy production, onsite biofuel energy production, and subscriptions to community solar gardens. The city has also used B3 to monitor its energy efficiency projects and target locations for energy efficiency savings.

Descriptive links: http://mn-stcloud.civicplus.com/1222/Sustainability

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Warren

Date action report first entered:   02/12/2018
Date of last report update:   02/12/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1-Star: Building Editor was completed for each active city-owned building in B3; Andrew Boucher, the City's GreenCorps member, is responsible for routinely entering data, but there was a CERTs Seed Grant received that will allow for an automated benchmarking program. Consecutive monthly energy use data is ongoing and there are at least 12 months of consecutive energy use data for each site. 2-Star: Completed 1 Star criterion and enter 24 consecutive months of historical data; newly entered data is validated and corrected by looking at patterns/trends and inconsistencies; after the city conducts building audits and its thermal imaging project, potential opportunities for energy savings will be identified.

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For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

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Bemidji

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2014
Date of last report update:   06/23/2016

Implementation details:
B3 Benchmarking data has been reported for city buildings. Data has been input for natural gas and electricity use for buildings since 2007 and is continuing to be updated regularly.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report?OrganizationID=184&ReturnTo=Cities

For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff)   |   michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-759-3561

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Brooklyn Center

Date action report first entered:   02/18/2016
Date of last report update:   02/18/2016

Implementation details:
The Cities B3 page has been update to include the last 5 years for gas and electricity. The City will continually update site.

For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff)   |   ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us   |   763-569-3327

Partners:
Great Plains Institute

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Burnsville

Date action report first entered:   05/02/2012

Implementation details:
Monthly Energy consumption at city building's is being monitored via the B3 database. The City worked with a GreenCorp Volunteer to enter historic utility data into the B3 system. Gary Novotny, the City Maintenance Supervisor, will continue using the B3 system to manage and track energy usage at City facilities.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Outcome measures/metrics: After having validated the data and correcting errors that existed the utility information reported in B3 is current for city buildings. Within the next month, the City will begin the process of analying B3 data to identify current energy saving opportunities with the help of a MN GreenCorp member, and GreenStep City building best practice advisors.

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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

Partners:
MN GreenCorps, MN GreenStep Cities

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Cologne

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2016
Date of last report update:   04/28/2016

Implementation details:
Entered B3 benchmarking data on Electricity and Natural gas usage for City Hall and Firestation dating back to 2014. Will continue to update monthly. Contracting with RETAP to perform an energy audit of both buildings

For more information contact:
Jesse Dickson (City staff)   |   jessed@colognemn.com   |   952-466-2064

Partners:
RETAP

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Columbia Heights

Date action report first entered:   02/21/2014

Implementation details:
The City has 5 main government buildings and 3 liquor stores. All 5 main buildings are entered in the BM3 system with data entered as far back as 2007 for some buildings.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Data to be used for building capital improvement priorities and scheduling. Also to implement energy reduction procedures and changes during routine maintenance. Note to PHillip--still gathering more info on projects completed.

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For more information contact:
Jesse Davies (City staff)   |   Jesse.Davies@ci.columbia-heights.mn.us   |   763-706-3706

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2016
Date of last report update:   04/29/2016

Implementation details:
B3 energy data has been entered for all public buildings and is continuously updated by city staff. Energy use from three utility companies has been entered for at least 24 months and some as far back as 4 years. Data will continue to be reviewed and utilized by city staff as needed. Staff utilizes the B3 Benchmarking information analysis, peer benchmarking and webinars to make best use of the data tracking.

For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff)   |   csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6485

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Crystal

Date action report first entered:   01/12/2015
Date of last report update:   01/12/2015

Implementation details:
Engineering staff enters energy use for city buildings into the Minnesota B3 database.

For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff)   |   Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov   |   763-531-1140

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Delano

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2016
Date of last report update:   05/13/2016

Implementation details:
In the fall of 2015, the City of Delano launched it's B3 initiative, and began to enter past utility data for City Buildings as well as streetlight infrastructure stretching back to 2013. Data was obtained from historic utility bills, and as of January 2016, all available data had been logged into B3. City staff coordinated a process for routine entry of data on a 3-month interval, and data entry was completed by one of the City's administrative interns. In the Spring of 2016, the City pursued a partnership with a local university, sharing B3 log-in data with economics students to advance analysis of energy consumption and cost with a focus on improving efficiency of 3 City-owned buildings and City-wide streetlight infrastructure.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report?OrganizationID=307&ReturnTo=Cities

For more information contact:
Phil Kern (City staff)   |   pkern@delano.mn.us   |   763-972-0565

Partners:
University of Saint Thomas

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   11/24/2010

Implementation details:
Information for 11 city buildings is up-to-date for gas and electric meters. Using this software, the city is able to monitor which buildings are in need of a retrofit.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The city just finished installing new lighting and a new heating system in the ice arena and look forward to comparing the new data with past data using B3 benchmarking.

Descriptive links: http://www.mnbenchmarking.com

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Elko New Market

Date action report first entered:   12/25/2015
Date of last report update:   04/27/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city has completed the building editor for each city-owned building. It has identified the person responsible for routinely entering data. And each property's billing history has been entered with greater than 24 months history for all properties now including the new water treatment facility (electric completed, gas now completed)

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/

For more information contact:
Mark Nagel (City staff)   |   mnagel@ci.enm.mn.us   |   952-461-2777

Partners:
B3 Benchmarking, Xcel Energy, MVEC, Dakota Electric Association, Greater MN Gas, MN Energy Resources Company (MERC)

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Falcon Heights

Date action report first entered:   12/02/2013

Implementation details:
City staff inputs electric and gas utility data for city hall into the Minnesota B3 database each month as bills are processed. Data has been entered dating back to January 2007 (over four years of data).

Outcome measures/metrics:
This tool has allowed us to track electric and gas usage over a multi-year period. This is especially useful as we evaluate the effectiveness of a lighting retrofit project that was completed in 2010 & 2012.

For more information contact:
Sack Thongvanh (City staff)   |   sack.thongvanh@falconheights.org   |   651-792-7600

Partners:
Lightinghouse USA (2012 Street Light LED's)

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Grand Rapids

Date action report first entered:   07/11/2012

Implementation details:
Grand Rapids Public Library began using B-3 Benchmarking in Feb. 2010. As of 12/5/2012 The City of Grand Rapids has implemented B3 benchmarking on five additional city buildings. These six buildings are the six main buildings owned by the City of Grand Rapids. At least three years of data has been entered for each building. Data will continually be monitored and modifications will be made to improve building efficency when possible.

For more information contact:
Julie Kennedy (City staff)   |   jakennedy@grpuc.org   |   218-326-7024

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Hastings

Date action report first entered:   07/05/2016
Date of last report update:   07/05/2016

Implementation details:
The city has meter data dating back to 2010 uploaded into the B3 Benchmarking program for the regularly staffed city buildings

For more information contact:
Megan White (City staff)   |   MWhite@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-6159

Partners:
Minnesota GreenCorps

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2017
Date of last report update:   10/25/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Energy usage data is entered on the B3 database for all city buildings. The data includes monthly energy usage from 2014 (and earlier for several buildings) to the present month.

For more information contact:
Ally Hillstrom (City staff)   |   ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org   |   651-604-8511

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Isanti

Date action report first entered:   03/02/2016
Date of last report update:   03/02/2016

Implementation details:
Isanti recently updated data in the B3 Benchmarking website from 2007 up to the current date for each city owned building. The Finance Department is responsible for updating the website monthly as the utility bills are received.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Isanti's newly formed GreenStep Committee will analyze the data and make recommendations on changes that need to be made.

For more information contact:
Roxanne Achman (City staff)   |   rachman@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

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Jordan

Date action report first entered:   04/20/2017
Date of last report update:   04/20/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Jordan has entered all available electricity and natural gas usage since 2015 into Minnesota’s B3 benchmarking software. This will allow a baseline for analysis on building efficiency in the future. The city has several new or newly renovated structures that it will be analyzing for efficiency after they produce enough data to develop a baseline. There has been no way to catalogue city water usage as the city has not physically read its own meters for water usage. In 2017, Jordan began outfitting of all city structures with meters that can be read electronically at City Hall. That information will be entered into B3 moving forward. Data will be continually entered by the city’s yearly planning department intern at the direction of Jordan’s city planner.

Outcome measures/metrics:
With new and continued entries into the B3 benchmarking system, a baseline will be established with which to judge Jordan’s municipal building performance from an energy and water use standpoint.

For more information contact:
Lauren Walburg (City staff)   |   lwalburg@jordanmn.gov   |   952-492-7928

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La Crescent

Date action report first entered:   09/02/2016
Date of last report update:   11/02/2016

Implementation details:
The City of La Crescent current tracks all energy usage for the city through the B3 Benchmarking program. At least 12 months of consecutive data has been entered and this will be routinely monitored and used for understanding the city's energy usage and how to improve.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report             view file

For more information contact:
Bill Waller (City staff)   |   BWaller@cityoflacrescent-mn.gov   |   507-895-2595

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La Prairie

Date action report first entered:   12/12/2011

Implementation details:
Improve the energy efficiency of city hall

Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2008,the energy costs for city hall were $1637.32. In the summer of 2009 we insulated the ceilings and improved the efficiency of the furnace. In 2009 the energy costs for city hall were $1,367.26. In the summer of 2010, we added insulation, siding and doors to the wall structure. The energy costs in 2010 were 837.10. In 2011 were 913.42. our energy information is being recorded on the B-3 worksheet to tabulate and document energy savings automatically.

Partners:
Sarah Steinman@cleanenenergyresources.org

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Lauderdale

Date action report first entered:   04/06/2015
Date of last report update:   04/06/2015

Implementation details:
The City entered the monthly energy use information into B3 database for City-owned buildings going back to 2012.

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657

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Maplewood

Date action report first entered:   05/02/2016
Date of last report update:   05/16/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Maplewood has been part of the Minnesota B3 program since 2008 and has continually entered monthly energy use from City owned buildings. This allows the City to monitor its buildings energy use, improve building efficiency, and monitor the effectiveness of energy improvements. The City also utilizes B3 to track the amount of renewable energy produced by the solar panels installed in front of City Hall and on top of the Community Center. The process for implementing the B3 data is as follows: Finance Department pays energy bill and places bill in Laserfische. Community Development Department downloads energy bill from Laserfische and imputs data into B3. Community Development Department tracks data and uses data to plan energy efficiency improvements and for educational purposes.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Annual energy use and cost patterns

Descriptive links: www.maplewoodmn.gov/energy

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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Marshall

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Utility information for the City of Marshall and Marshall School District buildings has been entered into the B3 database dating back to 2007 and continues to be entered in on a regular basis.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Energy usage and utility costs are tracked and compared to benchmark data to validate energy efficiency improvement savings. Under performing buildings are targeted for additional savings opportunities.

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall

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Minnetonka

Date action report first entered:   07/15/2015
Date of last report update:   07/15/2015

Implementation details:
Through the city’s partnership with Class 5 Energy, Minnetonka has entered energy data into the B3 Benchmarking program for city owned buildings. These buildings include City Hall/ Community Center/ Police Station; Central Fire; Satellite Fire Stations 2-5; Public Works; Williston Center and the Ice Arena. Data has been entered for the city’s core buildings since 2013. Data for the satellite fire stations has been entered beginning in 2015. Minnetonka will continue entering data on a monthly basis.

For more information contact:
Drew Ingvalson (City staff)   |   dingvalson@eminnetonka.com   |   952-939-8293

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Morris

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2017
Date of last report update:   05/03/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Morris has put in information on electricity and natural gas into the MN B3 Benchmarking website for all city owned buildings and outdoor lighting.

For more information contact:
Blaine Hill (City staff)   |   bhill@ci.morris.mn.us   |   320-589-3141

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Mountain Iron

Date action report first entered:   11/17/2015
Date of last report update:   11/17/2015

Implementation details:
The City has uploaded the last 3= years of data to the B# database and will continue to upload and monitor our energy usage.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report?OrganizationID=595&ReturnTo=Cities

For more information contact:
Craig Wainio (City staff)   |   cwainio@ci.mountain-iron.mn.us   |   218-748-7570

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   10/07/2015
Date of last report update:   10/07/2015

Implementation details:
City staff has entered electric and gas usage data from 2008 to present in the B3 database for the following facilities: City Hall, Golf Course (including Golf Course irrigation pump), Ice Arena, Pool, and Public Works.

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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North Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   04/12/2013
Date of last report update:   04/04/2016

Implementation details:
North St. Paul has implemented the B3 Benchmarking Program in 2007 and is continuing to work on updating the database. Staff recently updated missing data from 2011-2015.

For more information contact:
Keith Stachowski (City staff)   |   Keith.Stachowski@northstpaul.org   |   651-747-2423

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Oakdale

Date action report first entered:   05/06/2011

Implementation details:
Entered baseline building energy use data for major city buildings from years 2009 to 2011 into MN B3 database.

For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Pierz

Date action report first entered:   11/18/2014
Date of last report update:   11/18/2014

Implementation details:
Data has been entered from 2010 to present, and Pierz has received a 4-star rating for City Hall and a 5-star rating for the Fire Hall based on the benchmarks. Deputy Clerk Nikki O'Hotto will continue to enter data once every six months.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report.aspx?r=1

For more information contact:
Kari Tyson (City staff)   |   karit@pierzmn.org   |   320-468-6471

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   07/11/2012

Implementation details:
The city has 6+ year's worth of up to date data entered into B3 for all city buildings over 5000 square feet (excluding the water treatment plants), starting in either the beginning of January 2006 or the end of December 2005 until now.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Rogers

Date action report first entered:   12/20/2011

Implementation details:
B3 data is up to date for all City-owned buildings. As of November 21st, 2011, all buildings have at least 36 months of data (most have 60 months). The City is continuing to update monthly energy consumption data.

Outcome measures/metrics:
8 buildings benchmarked. ~60 months of data for each building.

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For more information contact:
Mike Bauer (City staff)   |   mbauer@ci.rogers.mn.us   |   763-428-0974

Partners:
MN GreenCorps, MN Pollution Control Agency

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Royalton

Date action report first entered:   05/09/2011

Implementation details:
We entered the electric and natural gas usage for all city buildings from 2007-2010 as well as square footage and other pertinent information for each site.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Out total kwh/yr for city hall showed a 9.6% decrease from 2007 to 2010. Our Fire Hall showed a 14.6% decrease in kwh/yr, and the Public Works building had a 16.9% decrease in kwh/yr

Descriptive links: http://www.mnbenchmarking.com

For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official)   |   mayor@royaltonmn.com   |   320-630-2229

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City has been entering the monthly energy use information into B3 database for all City-owned buildings since 2006.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Saint Louis Park

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2017
Date of last report update:   04/28/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Saint Louis Park has B3 billing information for many buildings dating back to 2007 uninterrupted to the present. For newer buildings, there's B3 billing information dating to 2012 which is uninterruped to present. Both City staff and Minnesota GreenCorps members work to maintain the B3 page.

For more information contact:
Shannon Pinc (City staff)   |   spinc@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2191

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Scandia

Date action report first entered:   08/05/2014
Date of last report update:   08/05/2014

Implementation details:
Entered last 24 months of electric and gas usage for Scandia Community Center and Fire Hall/Public Works Building. City Administrator will continue to update going forward.

For more information contact:
Neil Soltis (City staff)   |   n.soltis@ci.scandia.mn.us   |   651-433-2274

Partners:
Xcel Energy

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Sherburn

Date action report first entered:   02/19/2015
Date of last report update:   02/19/2015

Implementation details:
B3 data is entered for all municipal buildings and is kept current by the Administration department. Complete data exists for all facilities since 2012.

Outcome measures/metrics:
We will be actively be comparing the baselines in the B3 database to the City's baselines once the pilot becomes more mature.

Descriptive links: http://mn.b3benchmarking.com/B3EMSLaunch

For more information contact:
Kym Christiansen (City staff)   |   kym.christiansen@cityofsherburn.com   |   507-764-4491

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Shoreview

Date action report first entered:   02/14/2013

Implementation details:
Entering and validating data since 2007

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Victoria

Date action report first entered:   03/19/2014
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The City has entered all of the 2014 energy usage for the City's Buildings, Park Shelters, and Lift Stations. The Executive Assistant will be entering in the data on a quarterly basis. The City will continue to track the energy usage for the City looking for possible energy savings.

Outcome measures/metrics:
2014 Data has been entered into the B3 site. The only error in the report comes from the New City Hall building, which we moved into in Januray 2015. There have not been enough energy bills to calculate energy use yet.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report?OrganizationID=801&ReturnTo=Cities             view file

For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff)   |   mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us   |   952-443-4219

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   04/22/2013
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
Complete information for all city-owned buildings has been entered into B3 Building Editor. Monthly energy use data is entered by White Bear Lake staff. All buildings have 24 consecutive months of historical data. The City has been reviewing energy use data on a quarterly basis with all building leads, and uses information to determine if building specific changes need to be made.

For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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Woodbury

Date action report first entered:   02/28/2013

Implementation details:
Woodbury has entered data into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database for all of its buildings. Some buildings have data back to 2002. City staff update the database monthly. The city uses the information to compare energy efficiency for all city-owned buildings.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   07/22/2016
Date of last report update:   07/22/2016

Implementation details:
All City-owned building information has been entered into the B3 Benchmarking database and available utility data from the last 12 months has been entered. The City of Albert Lea will continue to update the database on a monthly basis.

For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   08/05/2011
Date of last report update:   12/19/2016
Year action initially completed:   2011

Implementation details:
The City continues to collect and add data into the B3 database.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Arden Hills

Date action report first entered:   10/12/2017
Date of last report update:   10/12/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Monthly energy and water use data for City Hall has been entered into the B3 Benchmarking database from the last 12 months. The City will continue to update energy and water use data on a regular basis.

For more information contact:
Dave Perrault (City staff)   |   dperrault@cityofardenhills.org   |   6517927824

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Belle Plaine

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2018
Date of last report update:   05/03/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Building descriptions and background information for seven city facilities (i.e. ambulance facility, WWTP, City hall, fire station, library, police station, and public works facility) have been entered into the B3 Benchmarking database. Monthly water use and energy data has been collated and will be entered shortly.

For more information contact:
Laura Blue (City staff)   |   lblue@ci.belleplaine.mn.us   |   952-873-5553

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Bloomington

Date action report first entered:   04/23/2018
Date of last report update:   04/23/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Twelve months of data for each City-owned building or facility has been entered into the B3 database.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report?OrganizationID=2059&ReturnTo=Cities

For more information contact:
Mary Hurliman (City staff)   |   mhurliman@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-8730

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Brainerd

Date action report first entered:   08/27/2014
Date of last report update:   08/27/2014

Implementation details:
City Engineer reports this to be up to date.

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   04/19/2012
Date of last report update:   04/09/2018
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Monthly Energy consumption at City building being monitored via the B3 database beginning in May 2011; particularly at buildings that received retrofits from Federal Energy grant. The City worked with the MPCA and a GreenCorp Volunteer to enter historic utility data into the B3 system. City staff will continue using the B3 system to manage and track energy usage at City facilities.

Outcome measures/metrics:
After having validated the data and correcting errors that existed the utility information reported in B3 is current for city buildings. Data suggests a decrease in energy consumption for five buildings and an increase in four buildings from the established baseline. Decrease is directly related to retrofits to some of the buildings and additional study and action is planned for the four underperforming buildings. Not all of the suggested energy enhancements identified in the initial energy audit were implemented, therefore a strategic plan is being developed to address the remaining projects so that improvements can be budgeted and implemented over the next 5 years. B3 data has been fully updated and tracked monthly to identify trends and/or inconsistencies in buildings that need to be addressed. The building retrofits have all been reflected in B3 reporting to track their effectiveness. Next steps will consist of continuing to track data, budget for improvements that could be included in the planning for the 2013 budget, continue to work with utility companies to define ways to be more energy efficient, and educate staff in each building to enhance energy savings. Budings

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For more information contact:
Cherryl Mesko (City staff)   |   cmesko@cityofeagan.com   |   651-675-5505

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   04/10/2014

Implementation details:
The City continues to collect and add data into the B3 database for 13 City owned buildings.

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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

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Hoffman

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011
Date of last report update:   07/25/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Data has been entered up to January 2013. Data has now been entered up through 2016.

For more information contact:
Patricia Lawson (City staff)   |   hoffmn@runestone.net   |   320-986-2448

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Kasson

Date action report first entered:   05/31/2013

Implementation details:
We currently have eight municipal buildings for which we enter and track electric and heat data: City Hall, Public Utilities Building, Police Department, Fire Department, Library, Liquor Store, Ice Arena, and our Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Outcome measures/metrics:
We occassionally review the infomation to catch variances and to monitor overall trends. Occassionally changes/upgrades are made and we observe the data to monitor expected reductions in energy usage.

For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff)   |   financedept@cityofkasson.com   |   507-634-6321

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Mahtomedi

Date action report first entered:   11/22/2010

Implementation details:
Benchmarking data was entered for the three city buildings: city hall, fire station, and public works buildings. (The Public Works Garage/Office was the old public works building. Part of the old building is still there and is being used for cold storage)

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For more information contact:
Marnie McInnis (Community volunteer)   |   marniemcinnis@comcast.net   |   6517739730

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New Brighton

Date action report first entered:   05/04/2016
Date of last report update:   05/04/2016

Implementation details:
All benchmark data has been entered in the B3 database. We have 2013-2016 meter readings for each building and previous data for 3 of the 4 buildings in the early 2000's. With the gaps in meter readings from 2004-2013 staff is looking to pull data from Xcel and City files to have a longer range of readings/

Outcome measures/metrics:
The B3 data will continue to be updated and the benefit any improvements can be tracked. The reduction of energy (gas/electric) will support future lighting, HVAC, and energy wise projects.

For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff)   |   craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov   |   651-638-2056

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Newport

Date action report first entered:   04/23/2012
Date of last report update:   02/14/2017
Year action initially completed:   2012

Implementation details:
Monthly Energy consumption at City buildings being monitored via the B3 database beginning in January 2011. City staff will continue using the B3 system to manage and track energy usage at City facilities.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Data suggests an increase in energy consumption in five of the six buildings from the established baseline. City staff will work to identify the reason for the increase and establish a plan to decrease the consumption.

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For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

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Northfield

Date action report first entered:   10/23/2014
Date of last report update:   10/23/2014

Implementation details:
Through the Class 5 Energy (C5E) pilot the City of Northfield has been selected to partake in, C5E has input our energy bills into the B3 program for the Liquor Store, City Hall, WWTP, Arena, Library, and Pool. They have also input all our data into the Energy Star website.

Outcome measures/metrics:
We will be actively be comparing the baselines in the B3 database to the City's baselines once the pilot becomes more mature.

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

Partners:
Class 5 Energy

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Rochester

Date action report first entered:   06/01/2011
Date of last report update:   06/03/2015

Implementation details:
Rochester now has roughly two years or more of data entered into the B3 system for all the City owned buildings utilities including steam, electrical, and gas. The planning Intern entered in all the data up to current. The City Finance department will then take on the role of entering in the monthly data for the future.

For more information contact:
Dale Martinson (City staff)   |   dmartinson@ROCHESTERMN.GOV   |   507-328-2861

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Roseville

Date action report first entered:   02/10/2015
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
Data has been entered into B-3 for 4 main campuses in Roseville. Further evaluation is being done.

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   09/24/2014
Date of last report update:   04/30/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Saint Paul routinely enters its energy data into Archibus for City owned buildings, and uses that data to determine which buildings are in need of improvements. The City has submitted paperwork to the Weidt Group and Xcel Energy to be part of pilot program take consumption data from Xcel Energy and transfers it automatically into B3. 4/30/16 ________________________ The City of Saint Paul is currently working with Xcel Energy to download energy data from 2006 into the City's energy database. We anticipate this data will be directly transferable to the B3 database. Currently there are over 84 sites and 176 meters that are part of the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database. 9/24/14

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report.aspx?r=1

For more information contact:
Jim Giebel (City staff)   |   Jim.Giebel@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6138

Partners:
Xcel Energy, State of Minnesota

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Maple Grove pending

Date action report first entered:   03/29/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Maple Grove has all city owned buildings in the B3 Benchmarking program. Staff continually updates the information and we have multiple sites with more than 24 consecutive months of data.

For more information contact:
Peter Vickerman (City staff)   |   PVickerman@maplegrovemn.gov   |   763-494-6046

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Moorhead pending

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2018
Date of last report update:   04/02/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
All of our data for waste water and drinking water data is placed into the B3 database. In addition all city property energy use data is on the B3 Bench Marking platform.

For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff)   |   dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com   |   218-299-5314

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Pine River pending

Date action report first entered:   05/01/2011

Implementation details:
Data up to date in B3.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Baseline and benchmark completed.

For more information contact:
John van der Linden (Community volunteer)   |   johnvdl@pinerivergreensteps.org   |   218-587-5001

Partners:
City of Pine River

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Duluth pending

Date action report first entered:   05/15/2014
Date of last report update:   06/03/2014

Implementation details:
STATUS – 2008 baseline data and years 2009-2012 energy data has been entered for 38 buildings greater than 5,000 square feet.

For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff)   |   ajackson@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4433

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Fergus Falls pending

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls has been entering information into this database.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Milan pending

Date action report first entered:   12/07/2010

Implementation details:
City Clerk, Christine Kleven and SEU board member have entered B3 Baseline info onto the MN B3 website and it will be updated by GreenCorp member Katie Jones who works with CERTS out of Willmar.

For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official)   |   paparon69@gmail.com   |   320-734-4792

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Mounds View pending

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2017
Date of last report update:   04/28/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View has two existing facilities in B3 Benchmarking, City Hall and the Mounds View Community Center. Currently, a new Public Works Facility is under construction and will be added to B3 once that work is concluded.

For more information contact:
Don Peterson (City staff)   |   don.peterson@ci.mounds-view.mn.us   |   763-717-4051

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Richfield pending

Date action report first entered:   12/07/2018
Date of last report update:   12/07/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city of Richfield collects data on 10 city-owned buildings annually. These buildings are Public Works, Ice Arena, Penn Liquor, Wood Lake Nature Center, Cedar Liquor, the Community Center, Fire Station #2, Lyndale Liquor, the Water Plant, and City Hall/Fire Station #1. Data is current as of February 2018 with 3-9 years of consecutive data, depending on individual utilities.

Descriptive links: https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/Report?OrganizationID=690&ReturnTo=Cities

For more information contact:
Jared Voto (City staff)   |   jvoto@richfieldmn.gov   |   612-861-9701

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Sauk Rapids pending

Date action report first entered:   03/03/2013

Implementation details:
Baseline data for the City’s municipal liquor store has been entered for the past three years into the B3 benchmarking database.

For more information contact:
Marilyn Patterson (Community volunteer)   |   mpp03@charter.net   |   320-258-5300

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greenstep advisor
Peter Lindstrom, Local Government Outreach Coordinator, Clean Energy Resource Teams: 612/625-9634, plindstr@umn.edu, http://tinyurl.com/PeterCERTS