Enter/update building information into the MN B3 Benchmarking database, and routinely enter monthly usage data for all city-owned buildings/infrastructure that consume energy/water.
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Buildings and Lighting
Benchmark energy and water usage, identify savings opportunities in consultation with state programs, utilities and others to implement cost-effective energy and sustainability improvements.
Install for one or more city-owned/school buildings one of the following efficiency measures:
Provide incentives for energy, water and sustainability improvements in existing residential, not-for-profit and commercial buildings/building sites.
Create or participate in a marketing/outreach/incentive program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.
Integrate green building and EV charging best practices information and assistance into the building permit process.
Describe energy/water efficiency outcomes and other green building practices at businesses and not-for-profit organizations located within/nearby the city.
Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.
Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who build new buildings that utilize the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.
Adopt environmentally preferable covenant guidelines for new common interest communities addressing issues such as stormwater, greywater, native vegetation, growing food, clothes lines, electric vehicle charging, and renewable energy.
Build public support and legal validity to long-term infrastructural and regulatory strategy.
Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.
Adopt environmentally preferable purchasing policies and practices to improve health and environmental outcomes.
Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.
Minimize the volume of and pollutants in rainwater runoff by maximizing green infrastructure.
Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:
Increase active lifestyles and property values by enhancing the city's green infrastructure.
Adopt low-impact design standards in parks and trails that infiltrate or retain all 2 inch, 24-hour stormwater events on site.
Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:
Assess and improve city drinking water and wastewater systems and related facilities.
Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.
Implement a wastewater plant efficiency project (co-generation, water reuse) or a program for local private business operations (water conservation, water reuse, business co-location).
Create a demand-side pricing program to reduce demands on water and wastewater systems.
Implement an environmentally sound management program for decentralized wastewater treatment systems.
Work with homeowners and businesses in environmentally sensitive areas and areas where standard septic systems are not the least-cost option to promote innovative waste water systems, including central sewer extensions.
Resilient Economic and Community Development
Expand a greener, more resilient business sector.
Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to connect businesses with assistance providers, including utilities, who provide personalized energy, waste or sustainability audits and assistance.
Network/cluster businesses and design neighborhoods and developments to achieve better energy, social, economic and environmental outcomes in service of a more circular and equitable economy.
Document that at least one business/building uses waste heat or water discharge from another business or conducts materials exchange activities with another organization.