Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Optional for all cities
Category B and C cities that choose to implement this best practice must complete at least one action.
Category A cities that choose to implement this best practice must complete at least one public realm action 1 or 2 and at least one private realm action 3 through 5.
New buildings - whether public or private - present an opportunity to shape the face of a city and to "cement in" reduced operating costs and other benefits. Studies in Minnesota and nationwide have shown that green buildings deliver numerous benefits -- to the building owner, the building tenant, to the community, and to society. Benefits include capital cost savings, reduced operating costs, higher resale value, increased occupant health and productivity, and decreased energy, water and materials use. City and private investments in buildings can be maximized by the use of green building frameworks, which include codes, standards, rating systems with certification, and guidelines with verification.
connection to state Policy