Congratulations Jimmie Sparks, Certified Green Rater in MN.

Jimmie Sparks of the neighborhood Energy Connection in St Paul MN has passed his Green Rater exam and is ready to service the state of Minnesota as a LEED for Homes Green Rater and HERS Rater.  If you have a new project or have program questions in that state please contact Jimmie below.


Jimmie Sparks
Residential Energy Program Manager
Neighborhood Energy Connection
624 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
651-221-4462 x123

Area served: Whole state of MN and the western edge of WI.
Other Services: HERS Rater


2 replies
  1. Robert Rater
    Robert Rater says:

    Is a GREEN rater more specialized than a HERS rater? How are they different? Since a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rater is already looking at the energy rating, aren’t they already evaluating how green a home is based on their energy efficiency? Or does a GREEN rater look at additional criteria to determine how eco-friendly a home is?

    • Brett Little
      Brett Little says:

      Hello Robert

      A Green Rater is a specific credential for the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). These raters over see the HERS raters work, and often times are the HERS rater themselves. They also verify and consult project teams who are building to the residential LEED standard. They verify areas such as insulation levels, indoor air quality, water usage, (recycled, low voc and locally produced) materials, waste management, innovation and project design and lastly, education and awareness of the project through the LEED program. Go to for more details. I highly recommend you contact your local provider in CA and see how you might get involved.

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