ST. LOUIS, MN - Climate Champions, a program that aims to help local businesses effectively utilize their energy consumption, has been announced. It is the result of a collaboration between the City of Saint Louis Park with Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Smart.
Through Climate Champions, the city aims to assist local businesses to understand how they use energy, find ways for energy efficiency upgrades, get funds and rebates, and get recognization for their efforts.
How Climate Champion Works
1. Sign up for energy assessment
Businesses can get a personalized assessment from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's Energy Smart program. It is free and staff will visit businesses and review their energy use, and provide solutions on how to reduce energy consumption and save money.
Set up an appointment first with the staff. You can do so by contacting Annie Pottorff, a sustainability specialist by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 952.928.1418.
2. Improve and explore financing options
After the assessment, the staff will get back to you with possible ways for your business to improve your financing regarding your energy consumption. Climate Champions also has a cost share program, which can cover 50% of eligible utility rebates.
3. Complete energy-saving projects and get recognition
After your business completes the assessment and one or more energy-saving projects, the city will recognize your business as a St. Louis Park Climate Champion for helping St. Louis achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, which is part of the city's Climate Action Plan. By being a Climate Champion, your business will receive a window cling, get featured on the quarterly "Park Perspective" newsletter, and get listed on the city's website
For more information about Climate Champion, stay updated by signing up for the Climate Action Plan newsletter here.
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