Green jobs produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. Green jobs are also responsible for making a business’ production processes more environmentally friendly and energy/resource efficient. Our growing green economy provides opportunities for workers with a wide range of skills in areas such as:
- Energy efficiency
- Renewable energy and alternative fuels
- Green building
- Sustainable transportation
- Sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation
- Environmental cleanup and recycling
- Environmental education, regulation, compliance and research
The City is playing an active role in supporting local green businesses and growing green jobs through our environmental procurement and green building policies, workforce training activities, energy efficiency financing programs, and business-to-business networking efforts.
- Achieve a net gain of 25 green manufacturing or service companies in Minneapolis by 2015 using 2011 as a baseline.
- Achieve 30 percent growth in green jobs in Minneapolis by 2015 using 2010 as a baseline.
- Create 30 jobs through building retrofit efforts by 2015, including City energy efficiency financing, Community Energy Services and related programs using 2011 as a baseline.
Recent City & Community Activities
- Minneapolis’ Community Energy Services program, operated by the Center for Energy and Environment with funding support from the State and the City, has served more than 5,500 Minneapolis homes and has created more than 20 permanent jobs. Of the Minneapolis households that have had a home visit, about 1,300 completed major energy efficiency upgrades, resulting in more than 1,500 energy upgrades completed in the city overall.
- Renewable Energy Networks Empowering Workers (RENEW), a City-led, federally funded green jobs training program that began in 2010, has placed more than 420 of 585 individuals trained in green credentialing programs in manufacturing, construction, building systems, and renewable energy.
- In 2012, RENEW trained 35 workers in green construction trades to work with developers through the Minneapolis Green Homes North Program, a City-sponsored program to build green, sustainably designed homes in North Minneapolis. In 2012, Green Homes North also sponsored a Green Business and Resource Expo to connect developers with local businesses that provide green building products and services.
- Thinc.GreenMSP (pdf) is a cleantech economic development initiative led by the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul in partnership with private industry. In 2012, the Thinc.Green Building Subcommittee and a staff team developed a policy proposal for an Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance (pdf) for commercial and government buildings in Minneapolis. The ordinance, which was adopted by the Minneapolis City Council in early 2013, is expected to generate demand for energy efficient building upgrades and grow jobs in the local energy services sector.
- In 2012, the City’s Energy Efficiency Business Loan Program provided 13 zero-interest loans totaling $420,577 to small to mid-size Minneapolis businesses for energy efficiency upgrades to their buildings, including lighting retrofits and high-efficiency HVAC systems.
- To date, the Trillion BTU Program (pdf), a low-interest energy efficiency loan program administered by the Saint Paul Port Authority in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, has provided $1,626,000 in low-interest loans to Minneapolis property owners to make energy efficient upgrades to their buildings. In addition, there are approximately $2 million in loans in the pipeline.
- The City partnered with MIT CoLab’s Green Economic Development Initiative to assess and develop strategies for the operational energy savings (OES) sector in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. OES includes services such as building commissioning that can realize deep energy savings and significant financial returns. The effort resulted in a published report detailing the opportunity and recommending implementation strategies (pdf), a City-hosted industry stakeholder forum, and a City-led launch of the implementation phase.
- The Green Product & Service Directory (pdf) contains brief profiles of over 600 green companies in the Twin Cities metro area. City staff continue to update and add to the directory and are working to promote it to organizations and audiences in the region that value sustainably designed products and services.
Last updated Apr. 23, 2013