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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Local Air Quality
no. 23

Prevent generation of local air contaminants so as to improve community health.
  Best Practice Action 3      [ 1 2 3 4 5 ]       [all actions]

Conduct one or more policy or education/behavior change campaigns on the topics below and document:

a.  Decreased vehicle idling, pollutants/noise from stationary engines/back-up generators.
b.  Participation in the Air Aware Employers program.
c.  Adoption of a smoking-free policy at one or more multi-unit housing buildings, private or public.
d.  Replacement of gasoline-powered small equipment with lower polluting equipment.
e.  Increased sales by retail stores of low and no-VOC household products.
Participate in the Air Aware Employers program; OR report the dimensions of and results from your vehicle-idling actions: for example, no idling in the downtown core. Report no-idling policies for city and school fleets in best practice 13 and for business fleets under 23.4
Adopt a non-smoking ordinance for parks; report on your campaign with retail stores OR gasoline-replacement efforts; work with food trucks to decrease noise/pollutants.
Report on the reach of your smoking-free policy; decrease pollutants from back-up generators by shared generators, fuel cells, etc.

Bemidji

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2014

Implementation details:
d.) In 2010, students at Bemidji State University approached administration to implement a 100% smoke free campus. A smoking ban was implemented for all of campus including the residential halls in April of 2011.

Descriptive links: http://www.bemidjistate.edu/about/tobacco_free/history/

For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff)   |   michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-759-3561

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Hutchinson

Date action report first entered:   03/02/2016
Date of last report update:   03/02/2016

Implementation details:
The ice resurfacers for the two City owned and operated indoor ice rinks are now completely electric-operated, thereby eliminating dangerous indoor air pollution from the resurfacers in the rink areas. Additionally, the publicly owned Park Towers multi-family residential home is smoke-free, as are most of the multi-family housing units located around the City.

For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff)   |   jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us   |   320-234-5682

Partners:
Hutchinson HRA

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/16/2015
Date of last report update:   04/16/2015

Implementation details:
Leech lake Housing authority has a no smoking policy in certain community developments.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Red Wing Housing Authority established a no-smoking policy for public housing in full for the indoors and at restricted times and at only certain places on the property outside.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   12/05/2017
Date of last report update:   11/16/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Golden Valley adopted a Smoke Free Environment ordinance (Section 14-21 of City Code) in 2005. The ordinance prohibits smoking in: both indoor and outdoor dining areas of liquor and food establishments, within 25 feet of any outdoor dining area at any liquor or food establishment, public places, places of work, within 25 feet of entrances, exits, open windows, and ventilation intakes of public places and places of work, and in public parks and recreation facilities. In 2008, Golden Valley adopted a no-idling policy for the police department and other City departments with vehicles. In the first summer with the new policy, the police realized a savings of $1,600 per month due to decreased fuel use. In addition to cost savings, and benefits to the environment, the policy helps to extend the life of the vehicle fleet.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/golden_valley/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIGEOR_CH14HESA_ARTIISM_S14-21SMRE

For more information contact:
Jason Zimmerman (City staff)   |   jzimmerman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8099

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   06/20/2017
Date of last report update:   06/20/2017
Year action initially completed:   2012
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
From 2011-2012, the city replaced 3 inefficient inspectors vehicles with energy-efficient Ford Fusion cars.

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Richfield

Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   01/25/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City Code at 840.13 states, "No person may use tobacco, tobacco products, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery products, as these items are defined in section 1146 of this Code, on City-owned parks, conservation areas, open spaces, or recreational facilities, including without limitation: trails within parks used for walking and biking, picnic shelters, athletic fields, and play areas. This subsection does not apply to the use of tobacco, tobacco products, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery products inside motor vehicles parked on the premises of City-owned parks, conservation areas, open spaces or recreational facilities."

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/richfield/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CHVIIISTALPUGR_S840PUPA_840.13USTOPRPR

For more information contact:
Jennifer Anderson (City staff)   |   jenniferanderson@richfieldmn.gov   |   612-861-9881

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Sartell

Date action report first entered:   04/24/2017
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city implemented a comprehensive ban on Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use at all City-owned properties (greenways, parks, City Hall, etc.)

Descriptive links: https://cravethechange.org/new-tobacco-and-e-cigarette-regulations-in-sartell/

For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

Partners:
BLEND - CentraCare

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   01/13/2011

Implementation details:
The City has a No Idling policy for city fleet, with few exceptions due to inclement weather. The policy has resulted in a significant decrease in idling and has been a cultural and behavioral change across all departments.

For more information contact:
Andrew Pimental (City staff)   |   apimental@cityofeagan.com   |   651-675-5506

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Edina

Date action report first entered:   09/09/2013

Implementation details:
The Energy and Environment Commission has installed signs around school drop off and pick up areas and encouraged a ‘no idling’ education effort. The City provides local air quality and electric vehicle education on its website in partnership with a MPCA local air quality grant.

Descriptive links: http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=go_green_edina

For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff)   |   tbrown@edinamn.gov   |   952-826-1621

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls turns the downtown street lights to a flashing mode during the overnight hours to reduce the amount of idling. City policies against idling of vehicles are in place for the Public Works Department and the Police Department. The City of Fergus Falls is working with Partnership4 Health regarding a tobacco free policy.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Maplewood

Date action report first entered:   03/27/2012
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city of Maplewood has an Idling Policy in place for city vehicles.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2378

For more information contact:
Scott Schultz (City staff)   |   scott.schultz@ci.maplewood.mn.us   |   (651) 249-2430

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
The City has enacted a section of the Ordinance that prohibits that idling of vehicles longer than 5 minutes within a two-block long section of and main thoroughfare in the downtown area. The measure was enacted to implement the Citys transportation control plan for air quality improvements. Enforcement measures are directed toward the time period of greatest need for air quality improvement between 8am and 5pm. The Public Works Department has implemented a No-Idling policy for city vehicles on coffee and restroom breaks and to keep travel distances to a minimum. The division continues to look for new ideas to conserve fuel and keep fuel costs to a minimum.

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Roseville pending

Date action report first entered:   01/13/2015
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
The 2009 "Your City at Work" report indicated the city had saved 5% on fuel and energy as a result of several actions on the part of city staff, as well as changes to energy efficient lighting.

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city


 
greenstep advisor
Megan Kuhl-Stennes, Neighborhood Air Pollution Lead, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2455, Megan.KuhlStennes@state.mn.us