See a list of "green building frameworks," :https://www.pca.state.mn.us/node/1780 which include codes, standards (including the SB 2030 energy standard), rating systems with certification, and guidelines with verification.
Turning on all of your park field lighting in phases can cut electric bills in half due to eliminating electric demand charges that can equal the cost of the electricity used. Also note that you might be paying in the range of $30/month in an individual electric meter fee in small park structures and that a small PV panel and storage could be a cost-effective alternative.
Include green features in at least one park building, such as renewable energy generation capacity, EV charging station, native landscaping, rain gardens, green roofs, composting toilets, and greywater systems.
Highlight and educate visitors of the park building to its green features; report the use of an asset management tool and what level of life-cycle assessment is included (e.g., GHG, toxics, etc.).
Build to the SB 2030 energy standard; obtain a green building certification/rating and post informational plaques or displays that highlight green features.
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The City of Fridley and the Springbrook Nature Center Foundation reconstructed the Springbrook Nature Center to Minnesota B3 and SB 2030 standards. Sustainable design features features include geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting, bird-friendly glass, use of high recycled content materials, use of FSC certified wood, low flow water fixtures, green roof, raingardens, permeable concrete, and use of light and motion sensors to minimize lighting use.
The recently built Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center is one of Rochesters only Green Park Building, it offers a large natural landscape area for people to walk through and enjoy. The Building is LEED certified.
Arlington Hills Community Center, Palace Recreation Center, Lowertown Ballpark - all recently completed, or in progress. All use the state's B3 - Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond standards, which address Performance Management, Site and Water, Energy and Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Materials and Waste reviews.
Bloomington uses a software asset management tools to track work orders, service requests and preventive maintenance activities on all of its park buildings. Each building is assigned a facility condition index that considers building condition and energy efficiency factors. This leads to optimized capital planning by allowing us to quantify and consolidate facility condition data, evaluate and prioritize different improvement project scenarios.
Public Works retrofitted ice arena with energy saving equipment w. Harris Mechanical. Savings and paid off 20-year loan for improvements.
The City installed rooftop solar panels on its Wood Lake Nature Center and a grey water system for City Hall.
The Wood Lake Nature Center includes an interactive display that offers a variety of educational screens about the benefits of solar energy and how the system operates. It also describes the power output of the system in terms of the electrical demands of everyday electrical appliances.
Rain gardens have been built in two city parks. In Adams Park a smaller raingarden was installed in 2014. This is a hilly park and the raingarden was installed above the stormdrain. In 2016 the city worked cooperatively with the Rotary Club and the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District to put a large raingarden in City Hall Park. The rainwater from the roof and parking lot of City Hall is filtered through the raingarden prior to it going into the Otter Tail River.
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Partners: West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District, Rotary Club
The City designed and constructed a skate plaza structure at our Heritage Park location. The innovative design allows for the 20,000 square feet of hard surfaces to drain into designed rain water features to take up a minimum of one inch rain in 24 hour period. The facility also uses elements of green and tree plantings to highlight the improvements. Adjacent to this facility is a renovated green roof/earth roof style park shelter for park users that is 100% covered with native plantings.
As part of a parks upgrade taking place in 2014, an old train depot building was refinished. The project was part of a brownfield redevelopment and utilized the existing building structure for the construction. The project also included the construction of a rain garden on the plot.