Require by city policy that new city-owned buildings be built using the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.
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Buildings and Lighting
Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
Increase financial and environmental sustainability by enabling and encouraging walkable housing and retail land use.
Use design to create social trust and interaction among neighbors and allow developments that meet the prerequisites for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
Adopt environmentally preferable purchasing policies and practices to improve health and environmental outcomes.
Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.
Resilient Economic and Community Development
Remove barriers to and encourage installation of renewable energy generation capacity.
Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.
Promote resident/business purchases and/or generation of clean energy by:
Promote financing and incentive programs, such as PACE, for clean energy:
Support a community solar garden or help community members participate in a community solar project by:
Install a public sector/municipally-owned renewable energy technology, such as solar electric (PV), wind, biomass, solar hot water/air, or micro-hydro.
Report installed private sector-owned renewable energy/energy efficient generation capacity with at least one of the following attributes:
Become a solar-ready community, including adopting ordinance/zoning language and an expedited permit process for residents and businesses to install solar energy systems.
Plan and prepare for extreme weather, adapt to changing climatic conditions, and foster stronger community connectedness and social and economic vitality.
Encourage private sector action and incentivize investment in preventive approaches that reduce risk and minimize impacts of extreme weather and the changing climate for human health and the built environment.
Improve local energy resilience by minimizing fuel poverty, installing distributed renewable energy systems, and developing microgrids that can improve energy system resiliency.