Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 4.7

GreenStep City Best Practices: Buildings and Lighting
Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals No. 4

Improve the efficiency and quality of street lighting, traffic signals and outdoor public lighting.

Best Practice Action 7

Replace city-owned parking lot/ramp lighting with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.

  • See the U.S. Dept of Energy's Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool to find parking structure lighting specifications which typically reduce energy use by 50% compared with conventional parking lot lighting.
  • See the I-35W Park and Ride Lots and Structures case study from Minneapolis.
  • Automatic lighting controls can be set to achieve reduction in light output (and thus energy use) of 30% in parking lots after midnight.
1 star Replace lighting in 50% of structures with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient lighting technologies.
2 star Replace lighting in 75% of structures with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming (down to 10-30%) lighting technologies (on a timer or on a sensor).
3 star Replace 100% city-owned parking lot lighting with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.

Who's doing it

Moorhead - 3 star
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The project to replace the City's parking ramp lights was completed in 2016. In 2015, the exterior stairwell lights were replaced with LEDs, and the interior lights were replaced with LEDs in 2015-16.
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For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff) | dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com | 218-299-5314
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Nisswa - 3 star
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The city has switched all of its city owned outdoor light fixtures to dark-sky compliant energy efficient fixtures and bulbs. The city also requires all commercial properties and associations to have the same lighting standards if there will be lighting present. It is the city's priority to keep out light pollution to a minimum.
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For more information contact:
Brittney Cotner (City Staff) | zoningadmin@ci.nisswa.mn.us | 2189632402
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Saint Cloud - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2015
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Completed as part of the Street Light Improvement Project.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
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Saint Peter - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2015
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All city-owned parking lot lights and lights outside the buildings are LEDs
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
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Bloomington - 2 star
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Bloomington continues to replace HPS and mercury vapor lighting with LED in parking lots and along trails. When applicable, two level lighting controls, motion detectors and automatic dimming technology is incorporated into the new systems.
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For more information contact:
Steve Gurney (City staff) | sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov | 952-563-4606
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Coon Rapids - 2 star
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Another portion of the City's project with McKinstry included parking lot lighting. Coon Rapids' Fire Station 1 received induction fixtures in their parking lot and decrease annual exterior lighting consumption by 57%. Metal halide fixtures were removed in the process. Part of the project included determining the best timing for lighting to save energy as well. The following year, as part of the expanded program, the same process was done at the City Hall parking lot lighting. City Hall lights also include motion sensors to increase efficiency.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
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Duluth - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2013
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2019 Update: Conversions were completed at all city owned ramps in 2018 as the city finished replacing all street lighting with LEDs.

IN PROGRESS – Two smaller ramps have been converted to Dark-Sky compliant lighting on upper lots. Planning is in progress to replace HID fixtures with dimming LED fixtures at two large ramps. Shields will be installed on selected fixtures to eliminate light pollution from reaching outside the parking ramp.
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For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff) | ajackson@DuluthMN.gov | 218-730-4433
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Mounds View - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2016/2017
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City does not own any street lights, Excel Energy does and has converted all to LED. City has upgraded/installed LED lights on all trail lights in the city
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Reduce energy costs
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For more information contact:
Nyle Zikmund (City Staff) | nyle.zikmund@moundsviewmn.org | 612-860-7442
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North Saint Paul - 2 star
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Approximately 75% of City-owned parking lot lighting has been replaced with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient lighting technologies. When lights burn out they are replaced with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient lighting.
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For more information contact:
Keith Stachowski (City staff) | Keith.Stachowski@northstpaul.org | 651-747-2423
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Two Harbors - 2 star
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The city has been, and will continue to replace the high pressure sodium street lights and parking area lights with LEDs.
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For more information contact:
Stuart Anderson (City staff) | cthelec@frontiernet.net | 218-834-8811
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Austin - 1 star
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When fixtures are replaced they are replaced with Dark Sky compliant fixtures (this is in progress)
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Partners: Engineering Department
Delano - 1 star
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In the spring of 2016, Delano Municipal Utilities replaced the parking lot lighting outside City Hall with LED, dark-sky compliant fixtures. The fixtures were installed as a demo for future streetlight replacement projects throughout the City.
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For more information contact:
Phil Kern (City staff) | pkern@delano.mn.us | 763-972-0565
Partners: Delano Municipal Utilities
New Brighton - 1 star
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The City of New Brighton replaced the City Hall parking lot lights with LED retrofits with only down cast lighting. We have also placed these lights on a timer that we manually change with the season to limit use to dawn/dusk.
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For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff) | craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov | 651-638-2056
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New Hope - 1 star
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According to the city's Public Works Director, replacement of lighting at the City Hall and Public Works parking lots is Dark-Sky compliant. Dark-Sky lighting is not required, but generally used on all lights other than streetlights. In In 2015, the city replaced all wallpack lights at West Metro Fire Station #3 with energy-efficient LED fixtures.
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For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff) | jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us | 763-531-5119
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Red Wing - 1 star
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As lightbulbs burn out, we have been updating them. All lights will be converted in the near future - standard operating procecdure.
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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff) | paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us | 651-410-6744
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Richfield - 1 star
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The City replaced the lighting for the Ice Arena parking lot with LED bulbs in 2014.
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In addition to saving energy and cutting costs, LED lighting has provided better security, cutting the number of break-ins in half.
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For more information contact:
Kris Weiby (City staff) | dweiby@richfieldmn.gov | 6128619354
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Rochester - Pending
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