Recognizing that commercial buildings account for 35 percent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) produced in Minneapolis, the city implemented a 2014 ordinance requiring large commercial businesses to report annual energy and water use annually.
Rather than implement performance or design mandates, the city’s approach is to motivate organizations to invest in efficiency improvements using comparative public disclosure.
The Minneapolis law requires private commercial buildings larger than 50,000 sq. ft. to report and disclose their energy and water consumption.
Minneapolis has also led recycling and sustainable food packaging efforts in Minnesota, with a statewide mandatory environmentally acceptable food & beverage packaging law enacted in 2014.
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