Senator Amy Klobuchar visits Mankato Goodwill-Easter Seals to promote nonprofit energy bill

Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act would help nonprofits increase their energy savings through a grant program.

On Sunday January 17, Senator Amy Klobuchar promoted her bi-partisan Energy Efficiency bill while visiting the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota location in Mankato.

Goodwill-Easter Seals President & CEO Michael Wirth-Davis with Senator Amy Klobuchar and Mankato General Manager Sara Quast.

While there, she highlighted the partnership between Goodwill-Easter Seals and EnerChange – a no-cost service to nonprofits to help them save money by saving energy. EnerChange has been a key partner with us in identifying opportunities for energy savings in our new locations. While tax credits are available to encourage energy savings in for-profit businesses, the goal of Senator Klobuchar’s bill is to help nonprofits save money through energy efficiency and put those savings into their programs so that they can serve more people.

Specifically, the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act introduced by Klobuchar and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven would provide $10 million each year for the next five years to create a pilot grant program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to help nonprofits make their buildings more energy efficient.

Energy issues and the environment have long been vital concerns for Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.

In addition to promoting the reuse of millions of pounds of donated goods each year, Goodwill-Easter Seals has also taken significant strides in increasing the energy efficiency in our new stores. Of our 42 Goodwill stores, 16 are Energy Star Certified, 10 are awaiting Energy Star certification and one is a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) store. Our challenge is retrofitting older stores. That’s where Senator Amy Klobuchar and her bi-partisan Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act could come into play.

Have you ever thought about what else we could be doing to be better stewards of our natural resources? Goodwill-Easter Seals loves the idea because saving energy is not only good for the environment, but also allows us to invest more of our resources into our workforce programs. Saving energy and putting people to work. . . . definitely a win-win!