At a Glance


Retail and Apparel

Project Types

Commercial Energy Efficiency, Engagement and Behavior Change




Minneapolis, MN


Jamie Mikkelsen helped Target develop an ongoing energy efficiency program for its distribution centers.


Jamie Mikkelsen, an MBA / MS student at the University of Michigan, spent her summer at Target, the Minneapolis-based, upscale discounter. In addition to retail locations, Target owns and operates over 50 million square feet of distribution and warehouse space. As a Climate Corps fellow, Mikkelsen's jop was to provide strategic insights and recommendations for the development of an ongoing energy efficiency program in Target's network of 38 distribution centers. 


Mikkelsen tackled the strategic project by benchmarking facility energy consumption, interviewing key internal and external partners, conducting site visits, and compiling a list of potential energy efficiency opportunities. In total, over 30 projects were identified. Mikkelsen investigated select examples to highlight to senior leadership, including opportunities that addressed both the major and minor building systems and the drivers of variation in consumption across the portfolio of facilities.

Potential Impact

These sample projects provided strategic insights to support the development of a comprehensive energy efficiency program for the distribution centers.

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