City leaders are hoping to encourage greener operations among the commercial building owners in Minneapolis with an ordinance that would assign public ratings based on energy consumption.
The ordinance would require commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to submit utility usage and other information to Energy Star, a government-backed program that offers a tool for calculating energy efficiency, reported the Star Tribune. That rating would then be published on the city's website.
City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who proposed the ordinance, says it will help the city meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2015, reported the Republic. Glidden also said that the change could also create jobs, reported the Star Tribune.
Kevin Lewis, a member of the Greater Minneapolis Building Owners and Managers Association, said the ordinance may assign low scores to owners who lack the funds to retrofit their buildings or be unfair to tenants with high energy demands, reported the Republic.
A public hearing is scheduled for January 2013.