Resource: Minnesota RETAP: Free on-site energy efficiency and waste reduction assistance!
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Title: Minnesota RETAP: Free on-site energy efficiency and waste reduction assistance!
Resource type: Program/project
Topics: Business
Keywords: waste prevention, business assistance, pollution prevention, retired, senior
Audience: Business
Region: Minnesota Statewide
Summary: Minnesota RETAP is a program in which retired professionals provide confidential, non-regulatory and free pollution prevention assistance to commercial/service businesses and public and private institutions.
Content: The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (Minnesota RETAP) provides no-cost, non-regulatory energy and waste assessments for Minnesota's small to mid-sized businesses and public and private institutions.

Assessments include an on-site visit to your facility from a team of RETAP retirees with emphasis on finding opportunities to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and conservation, and reduce operating costs.

Since RETAP's start in 2001, well over 200 Minnesota businesses and institutions have benefited from RETAP assessments. Each assessment yields a written report tailored for the client that identifies high priority changes and estimated financial and environmental savings from each recommendation. Clients have ranged from city halls to grocery stores and from schools to hardware stores.

While you are under no obligation to implement the report recommendations, a high percentage of surveyed clients do implement many of them. Average estimated potential savings from implementation of RETAP recommendations for assessments completed in 2009 and 2010 is over $11,000 per year per client.

To find out more or to request a free assessment, see the web site above and contact Mike Vennewitz, RETAP Coordinator, at 612/781-1307 or

Also, see for information about the Minnesota Climate Change Corps, which is an initiative of RETAP that focuses on providing assistance to local governments to address climate change and energy challenges.

Suggested by: Paul Moss
Added: 08/27/01
Updated: 07/26/11