Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 24.4

GreenStep City Best Practices: Resilient Economic and Community Development
Benchmarks and Community Engagement No. 24

Adopt outcome measures for GreenStep and other city sustainability efforts, and engage community members in ongoing education, dialogue, and campaigns.

Best Practice Action 4

Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:

a. The entire community.
b. Homeowners.
c. Front yards/sidewalks, block clubs, neighborhood associations.
d. Congregations.
e. Schools, colleges.

  • The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior (Christie Manning: 2009) introduces research-based tips from psychology to help in efforts to empower sustainability in residents and the workplace. The National League of Cities' ecoAmerica guides provide research-proven practices for successful climate communication and discussion with community members.
  • Minnesota GreenCorps, managed by the MN Pollution Control Agency, places AmeriCorps members with local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around Minnesota, where they serve for 11 months on focused environmental projects.
  • The Friendly Front Yard Toolkit helps community members and city placemakers to remake the common and generally underutilized residential front yard - and commercial sidewalk - into a community engagement space - a space that fosters serendipitous social interactions in service of community-building. Created by The Musicant Group, a Minnesota placemaking and public space management firm, the Toolkit can engage neighbors and retailers in different and easier ways than blocks clubs and neighborhood associations.
  • Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, and Environmental Education Toolkit for Congregations (Hennepin County: 2011).
  • See MPCA resources to help schools improve their environmental health and performance, covering facility operations and purchasing, waste and recycling, toxicity, and environmental education. See also SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge): Minnesota's interactive directory of environmental education resources.
  • Youth Environmental Activists of MN is a program of Climate Generation, founded by Will Steger. Youth Eco Solutions was founded by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and the Southwest Initiative Foundation. The iMatter Youth Climate Action Program facilitates youth to press for meaningful climate action in their city. All of these organizations empower youth to work in their schools, and community. The non-profit organization Spark-Y empowers youth with hands-on education rooted in sustainability and entrepreneurship (with a focus on urban agriculture), helping develop the greenest K-12 school campuses in the Twin Cities area.
  • The national Green Ribbon Schools program highlights K-12 schools in Minnesota and across the nation that are saving energy and reducing operating costs, creating environmentally friendly learning spaces, promoting student health and providing environmental education to incorporate sustainability into their curricula. A Minnesota GreenStep Schools program, based upon Green Ribbon Schools and GreenStep Cities, is in development, aiming to pilot in K-12 schools by 2020.
  • An example of city-youth engagement to further city goals would be helping a youth group conduct a Saving Watts and Drops Fundraiser with plug-and-play energy and water saving products, in collaboration with a city's electric or natural gas utility.
  • See the American college & university Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments program and the STARS credit checklist (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • See a monthly e-mailed (and archived) Living Green 365 newsletter on individual sustainability actions, from the MPCA, and see mostly energy-related resources listed under action 2.1 
1 star At least two informational/educational activities or creation of a group to work on such; promotion of/assistance with Friendly Front Yards, block clubs, neighborhood associations. Report under action 2.1 marketing & outreach programs that are limited to promoting/achieving residential energy use reduction and energy efficiency; report business outreach campaigns under BP 25; report youth/student engagement in city government under 24.6; report other targeted campaigns under topic-specific actions, e.g. 23.3
2 star Sustained activities covering a range of topics (active living, food, water, energy, electric vehicles, etc.) that have some challenge, assistance and/or measurement elements; documented accomplishments such as Green Ribbon School recognition, Friendly Fronts apartment building certification; city work that supports schools/youth to improve their schools (through an ecology club, school green team, IPL youth team).
3 star Sustained activities and multiple reported outcomes such as increased multi-modal commuting, increased electric vehicle adoption, reduced water and energy use, increased local food production, increased business vitality, etc.

Who's doing it

Marshall - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2019
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On April 27th, 2019 Healthy56258 and GreenStep Cities partnered to bring the first annual Healthy and Green Living Expo event to Marshall. The purpose of this event was to encourage sustainable, healthy lifestyles and environmental protection.

2019 update: A bee club has been established in the City of Marshall that meets monthly to discuss beekeeping and encouraging more people to provide habit for pollinators. Southwest Minnesota State University has agreed to host a bee yard on their campus that now includes 20+ hives.
Outcome measures/metrics:
There were 40 exhibitors that represented sustainable, healthy lifestyles and environmental protection. Approximately 300 community members were in attendance at this event. The goal is to continue this event and it's purpose annually to encourage healthy and green living.

2019 update: Southwest Minnesota State University established an Environmental Sustainability Workgroup in 2019 that is comprised of students, faculty, administration and staff. It was established to research, discuss and investigate the current sustainability practices on campus; evaluate the commitment of the university to these initiatives; identify other opportunities to increase sustainability on campus.
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For more information contact:
Tom Hoff (Contractor) | Tom.Hoff@swsc.org | 507-537-2271
Partners: Healthy56258, GreenStep Cities, City of Marshall, Bremer Bank, Avera, Lyon County Environmental Department, YMCA, Hy-Vee, Minnesota State Energy Center of Excellence, Minnesota West
Apple Valley - 2 star
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Better Energy is a community-wide energy efficiency initiative that offers free home energy workshops, and comprehensive home visits which include energy assessments and direct installs of efficiency measures.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
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Arlington - 2 star
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In April 2016, Mayor Nagel engaged the community in a challenge to reduce our region's water use by an average of 40 gallons per person, per day. A separate mailer within the utility bill outlined the pledge and challenge information. The Pledge was taken online as well as offered in paper format (provided by City office).

In June, the City of Arlington will host its first organized farmers market. With upstart funds from SHIP and Sibley County Public Health, the weekly market has been marketed, meetings with vendors and organizers have taken place, and we have planned a summer calendar of educational, musical and social events to coincide with the market.

We look forward to a great summer of community, healthy eating and healthy living initiatives. Our Community Ed/Rec Coordinator will feature an ongoing series of classes on the night of the market that include topics such as gardening, healthy eating classes, composting, yoga, canning, etc.
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In the June, 2016 newsletter, results from the water challenge were shared with the residents:

"Congratulations Arlington! Together you pledged to save over 900 gallons/day by adopting water-saving practices. It is never too late to see how many gallons of water you can save by taking the pledge challenge at www.40gallonchallenge.org By fixing a leaky faucet, shortening your shower by two minutes and turning off the water while brushing your teeth, you can save up to 28 gallons of water per day!"

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For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
Partners: Sibley County Public Health, Farmers Market Committee, Community Ed/Rec Coordinator
Bemidji - 2 star
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Sustainable Tuesdays is a partnership program with the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Minnesota GreenCorps, the Rail River Folk School, and Bemidji State University’s Sustainability Office. The mission of Sustainable Tuesdays is to draw on the strengths of the diversity in our region to create a sustainable Bemidji. This program provides a variety of sustainable learning opportunities, ranging from workshops where community members learn sustainable practices to apply in their lives, to discussions focused on environmental issues in our region and the world. This program covers a range of topics, like energy conservation, local food, water quality, green living, and much more. Sustainable Tuesdays is a community event that is free and open to the public. Programming is offered every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Rail River Folk School.
The Green Living Bemidji blog contains an archive of Sustainable Tuesday events and includes weekly coverage of the programming. The Green Living Bemidji blog is shared on the Bemidji Pioneer’s website and is also shared on a weekly listserv to over 250 community members.
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For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff) | michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us | 218-759-3561
Partners: Indigenous Environmental Network, Minnesota GreenCorps, Rail River Folk School, Bemidji State University Sustainability Office
Big Lake - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2017
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With a member of the Minnesota GreenCorps, the City has started a campaign for broad sustainability education throughout the city. We have created a Sustainability Task Force who will work on engaging more community members in various tasks and campaigns. Our GreenCorps member regularly sends out environmental education materials on topics as varied as energy efficiency, food waste, general definitions of sustainability etc. She is also working with the schools to start a Food Recovery Program, teaching students about conservation, and expanding local food options.
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For more information contact:
Katie Stelzner (City staff) | kstelzner@biglakemn.org | 763-307-6040
Partners: Big Lake School District, Chartwells, Chamber of Commerce, Saron Lutheran Church
Lake Crystal - 2 star
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Throughout this year (2013-2014), our MN GreenCorps member has piloted many community education initiatives. Two programs directly involve students. One program has involved the 4th grade students in learning about, and participating in, a water conservation poster contest for MRWA. Another program is a 3 session after school program teaching elementary school students a variety of sustainable habits through experiments and creative activities focusing on energy and water conservation, and reusing resources. She has involved the community by hosting numerous booths at community events. She has hosted a booth publicizing energy and water conservation by handing out faucet aerators and fliers for energy conservation in the winter. She has also hosted a booth at a heath fair educating community members simple ways to change their behavior that will help reduce their environmental footprint and help improve their health. The city will decide which of these initiatives had the greatest impact and will continue those events in the future.
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For more information contact:
Taylor Gronau (City staff) | lccity@hickorytech.net | 507-726-2538
Partners: Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial ISD 2071; Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - 2 star
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Outreach at each community event, ads and articles in newspaper and radio show on KOJB, the Tribal radio station. The Summer Youth Experience Program and environmental staff present to local schools on various environmental topics.
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For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff) | air@lldrm.org | 218-335-7429
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Marine on Saint Croix - 2 star
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The Marine on St. Croix GreenStep Cities committee, a small group of residents, hosts community education programs at the Village Hall. Programs to date are a Raingarden Workshop with Washington Conservation District and Master Gardeners, and "Solar Power Hour" with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, co-hosted with Marine Community Library.

Since 1998, the nonprofit Mill Stream Association of Marine on St. Croix has sponsored the annual Mill Stream Day on the third Sunday in May. The event features nature oriented exhibits, a brook trout lunch, local musicians, and culminating in the raising of a Maypole, complete with ribbons and dancing. The Association also supports environmental education and other related projects.

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For more information contact:
Anne Reich (Community volunteer) | reichmn@gmail.com | 651-433-1341
Partners: Washington Conservation District, Marine Community Library
Northfield - 2 star
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Northfield has been engaged in the MN Energy Challenge for several years. Our Environmental Quality Commission has tackled the education and marketing for Northfield's participation.
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Northfield is currently #8 on the City List, with an annual savings of 2,781, 185 lbs of CO2 and 364 members participating.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
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Rogers - 2 star
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The City of Rogers is currently hosting its third MN GreenCorps member. The past two members have completed projects revolving around local foods and energy efficiency, while the current member is focusing on stormwater management.

In 2009 and 2010, the first MN GreenCorps member helped the city start a community garden and farmer's market. Through this process, the city worked with its City Council, Park Board, Public Works, and Community Education to get the initiatives off the ground. The City hosted local foods listening sessions with gardeners, students, and other interested residents and created a Farmers Market Steering Committee to support the Farmers Market. Throughout the market season, a weekly newsletter is sent out to all participants and interested residents. The Farmers Market and Community Gardens are still thriving and are entering their fifth year.

In addition to the gardens and farmers market, the community garden space was used for two K-5 summer community education programs in 2010, with 100 kids in attendance. The students learned about gardening and the local food systems. Two adult classes were also offered at a local farm and winery to learn about local wines and wine-making.

The current MN GreenCorps member will be starting a rain barrel program within the City this spring and conducting public outreach and education surrounding stormwater.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Two community gardens, totaling 5,454 sq ft.
Around 800 residents involved in the farmers market and community gardens in the first year.
150 kids and adults involved in the community education classes at the community gardens/local farm.
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For more information contact:
Mike Bauer (City staff) | mbauer@ci.rogers.mn.us | 763-428-1033
Partners: Minnesota GreenCorps
Rosemount - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2016
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The city's Environment and Sustainability taskforce is conducting an ongoing educational campaign by visiting different groups throughout the community including schools, churches, and all residents at different community events.
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For more information contact:
Anthony Nemcek (City staff) | anthony.nemcek@ci.rosemount.mn.us | 651-322-2090
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Saint Cloud - 2 star
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The development process of the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan actively engaged the community to establish a baseline and establish a local vision, goals and initiatives. The process also included a number of education sessions on sustainability and the Natural Step Framework. The community celebrated the passage of the first sustainability plan with a Sustainability Event in April, 2011. The event featured free food produced by local farmers, educational workshops on topics ranging from rain barrels to chemical-free gardening, the presentation of the first annual sustainability award, live music and even a yak! Given the success of the event, plans to make in an annual event highlighting sustainability and celebrating local efforts are already in the works.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
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Sartell - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2016
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The city supported the creation of the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan which was published around 2011. Out of this plan grew the Sustainability Expo. The Sustainability Expo is held every year and the expo provides educational workshops, presentations and awards given in sustainability. Topics covered at past events include: rain gardens, rain barrels, clean water, local food growing, active living, limiting the use of chemicals on lawns, reducing consumption, and more. Recently this expo has been renamed the St. Cloud Greater Expo and re-branded. Sustainability is still a huge portion of the event but other topic areas will encompass the event and allow attendees to branch out into other areas. The city also works with Better Living Exercise & Nutrition Daily (BLEND) on helping promote active living.
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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
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Sauk Rapids - 2 star
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SR Green has offered support to the green committees at the high school and middle school. An SR Green member has served as liaison between the schools and committee for many years. The middle school has been recognized for creating a school garden, which continues to expand and serve the school.
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For more information contact:
Marilyn Patterson (Community volunteer) | mpp03@charter.net | 320-258-5300
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Scandia - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2018
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The Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails (FSPT) group has presented (free) speaker events to the public in 2018 -2019 that include experts speaking on recycling related issues, wasps, building resiliency to climate change - on your land and in your community, Minnesota’s giant silkworm moths, and changes in Minnesota birds and how we can help. In partnership with the Marine Community Library there were two speaker events: Carrol Henderson, long-time biologist with the DNR and some key projects and Peter Reich, U of M Regents Professor of Forestry discussing how climate change is affecting Minnesota’s trees and how we can all be better stewards of our climate. FSPT plans to continue to host similar community speaker events.
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For more information contact:
Lisa Schlingerman (Community volunteer) | lisaschlingerman@gmail.com | 6514335498
Partners: Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails
Shoreview - 2 star
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The Environmental Quality Committee hosts an annual Speaker Series January-May. (CTV for past events http://www.ctv15.org/index.php/shoreview-videos.html)
The Environmental Quality Committee also hosts the Green Community Awards annually. The Green Community Awards began in 2007 as a program to find, recognize and reward residential, non-profit, and commercial property owners that demonstrate Best Management Practices (BMPs) for water quality. In 2013, the Committee expanded the award program to recognize individual and corporate efforts in three general areas: Water, Energy, and other General Initiatives.
Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2012, 17 private properties were recognized for outstanding best managment practices for water quality. In 2013 the program will be expanded.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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Silver Bay - 2 star
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Silver Bay has implemented aspects of sustainability into their elementary education curriculum. The school program has established gardens for students to learn how to grow and sell their own produce. In addition to the learning about sustainable food systems, the school also has a "forest classroom" where students learn about many aspects of environmental sustainability.
The partnership with UMD through Victus Farm has also helped Silver Bay to be involved with sustainable education on a post-secondary level.
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For more information contact:
Lana Fralich (City staff) | lanaf@silverbay.com | 218-226-4408
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Victoria - 2 star
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The city of Victoria offers a variety of education classes through the parks and recreation department. These classes include activities such as safety, fitness and local gardening.

The city of Victoria offers the community to participate in Water Conservation Challenge Month. The Mayor is asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a national water conservation challenge. http://www.ci.victoria.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=222



In previous best practices we've listed water quality education and local food promotion campaigns. The City does promote a variety of other sustainability and action campaigns. The City promotes the National Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge to promote water conservation. The City offers free composting opportunities for residents to compost their leaves and other yard waste. Victoria is the City of Lakes and Parks and supports recreational activities to promote active living.
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For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
Partners: Wyland Foundation;
Warren - 2 star
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A day educational form for community on substainablity put on by UND Center for Community Viability.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Community members adopting practices presented by UND.
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For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff) | shannonm@warrenminnesota.com | 218-745-5343
Partners: UND
Woodbury - 2 star
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The City provides a variety of educational materials on the sustainability website at: www.woodburysustainability.com.

The city’s Public Works department spearheaded an educational campaign to promote water conservation through a rain senor giveaway. They also offered free audits to the high water users within the community.

The Environmental Advisory Commission participates in a number of annual events to promote sustainability and environmental education, including:
- Hosting a booth at the Woodbury Community Expo
- Partnering with the city’s licensed haulers to provide curbside recycling of bulky items at a discounted rate
- Sustainability and Landscape Workshops
- Native Plant Market
- Hosting a Solar Works Workshop
- Hosting a tour of the Tamarack Nature Preserve in Woodbury
- Rain barrel and compost bin sales
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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Austin - 1 star
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Contractor Education Program- Riverland Community College and Austin High School has established a Sustainability Committee with diverse membership with goals and priorities established.
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Partners: Riverland Community College, Austin High School
Eagan - 1 star
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The City's Energy and Environment Commission is hosting a booth at Showcase Eagan, a community-wide event that typically has aproximately 1,200 residnets in attendance. The Commission has partnered with local utilities to distribute educational materials about ways to save energy and how to take advantage of energy saving rebates through Dakota Electric, Xcel Energy, and MN Energy Resources.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Pimental (City staff) | apimental@cityofeagan.com | 651-675-5506
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Edina - 1 star
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The City of Edina continuously engages members of the public through various activities organized by the Education and Outreach Working Group of the EEC. The EEC works with energy utilities to organize energy audits for residents. Working with a task force of EEC members, representatives from Xcel Energy, Centerpoint Energy and the Center for Energy and the Environment (MN Energy Challenge staff) attention was focused on two Edina neighborhoods for Summer and Fall of 2010 to promote the HES (Home Energy Squad) Program. The Morningside Neighborhood Association (MNA) assisted efforts to mobilize residents to attend HES educational meetings to enroll households in participating in the HES program in the Summer of 2010. In the Fall of 2010 focused on the Highlands Neighborhood of Edina. Summer 2010 awareness was raised about the HES program.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Edina has one of the highest participation rates in HES in the metro.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
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Elk River - 1 star
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Project Conserve was started last year as a pilot and has won numerous awards. This year, the program has been opened to all homeowners and currently has over 300 participants. Project Conserve teaches homeowners that they can reduce their carbon footprint and save money through utilizing simple methods and gaining knowledge.
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In the first year, some members reduced their energy usage by 25% and saved up to $500 a year in expenses.
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For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff) | ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov | 763-635-1068
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Mankato - 1 star
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City staff presented at Minnesota State University, Mankato 1st annual Sustainability Expo on April 5th, 2014, and staffed booth at expo to discuss local sustainability efforts and projects. Staff also presented to Regional Energy Task Force tour in October of 2013, at session at Courtyard Hotel in Mankato.
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For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff) | mwestman@mankatomn.gov | 507-387-8571
Partners: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Maplewood - 1 star
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Maplewood continually conducts sustainability education and campaigns. The latest large scale sustainability campaign is the Maplewood Partners in Energy campaign. This program will have many different facets in which existing energy programs will be available for different groups within the city of Maplewood. While the program will work with the entire community, the main focus areas will include congregations, neighborhoods, and local businesses. While this partnership focuses energy there are other opportunities to increase information available about other sustainable practices such as stormwater management,local food production, and increased business access to sustainable practice information.

The Nature Center offers a wide variety of programming, including sustainability education. One program example includes naturalists visiting a neighborhood to conduct on-site buckthorn (invasive species) education and training. Neighbors come together as a group for the training and then work together to remove buckthorn in the neighborhood. The City then coordinates buckthorn curbside collection with our public works crew for easy disposal.
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For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff) | shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov | 651-249-2304
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Newport - 1 star
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The City had a booth at its annual Pioneer Day festival in 2012. The booth included a display outlining how residents can be green through their everyday lives and other facts about recycling in Minnesota. The City also has this information linked on its website.
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For more information contact:
Deb Schulz (City staff) | dschulz@newportmn.com | 651-459-5677
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North Branch - 1 star
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Social media tool such as facebook will be used to conduct & support a broad sustainability education and action campaign.

Currently City has used social media facebook to promote annual recycling and compost and others. This will be futher expanded to other sustainability issues.
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For more information contact:
Ragini Varma (City staff) | raginiv@ci.north-branch.mn.us | 651-277-5228
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Red Wing - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2017
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A new joint initiative called the “Get-Up-And-Save Congregational Energy Challenge” is being launched by the City of Red Wing in partnership with Xcel Energy. This educational campaign is a fun competition between local churches to promote environmental stewardship. Reducing energy usage equates to a cleaner “Green Wing” community -- all the while, saving money!

The organizer of the Congregational Energy Challenge is local Red Wing native, Jill Fanslow. Each congregation is requested to have a designated point person for carrying the campaign within the congregation.

Throughout the Challenge, residents and congregations will be provided with opportunities to bring energy and cost savings home. The Challenge will run from April 1st through May 15th. Participating congregations will earn points for congregates completing actions who report their activities.

The top two places-of-worship with the most points will receive free Energy Audits ($600 value) and the third-place congregation will receive a pizza party/treats for their youth group or congregation. Point. Congregation representatives who organize activities at their church will receive a FREE home energy audit ($100 value)!
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The kick-off meeting for the Energy Challenge was on March 21st. Representatives from any congregation in “Green” Wing were welcome to participate and to learn more. Currently four congregations are in the competition.

The Green Wing joint partnership was developed by the community of Red Wing in collaboration with Xcel Energy to encourage less energy use and the creation of more renewable sources across Red Wing. For more information visit red-wing.org/greenwing.
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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff) | paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us | 651-410-6744
Partners: Xcel Energy and the City of Red Wing
Richfield - 1 star
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Students from the U of M prepared a comprehensive report, “A Sustainable Home Improvement Guide for the City of Richfield,” with over 100 pages of useful tips to help homeowners become more sustainable. As directed by City staff, the scope of the guide addressed actions that were most available, easily implemented, and most cost effective. The guide’s 4 sections include: Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Supplies and Products, Sustainable Landscaping, and Water Conservation.
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For more information contact:
Julie Urban (City staff) | jurban@richfieldmn.gov | 6128619777
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Royalton - 1 star
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As part of our overall renewable energy education for our community, we include a Royalton GreenStep section to our city newsletter.
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By letting community members know what the city is doing to reduce/conserve energy usage we also encourage citizens to make wise energy decisions for their homes/businesses.
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For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official) | mayor@royaltonmn.com | 320-630-2229
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Saint Paul Park - 1 star
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The City of St. Paul Park promotes its Rain Garden Pilot Program on its website. In partnership with the South Washington Water Shed District, funds were allocated and labor assistance provided that allowed numerous rain gardens to be installed on the properties of willing participants. The program provided an opportunity to educate residents on the benefits of rain gardens and resulted in decreased storm water runnoff on these properties.

The City's Storm Drain Stenciling program helps inform citizens of St. Paul Park that the storm drains they see on their streets are not connected to a treatment facility and that they drain to the river. Storm drain stenciling projects offer an excellent opportunity to educate the public about the link between the storm drain system and drinking water quality. Organizations that wish to assist the City in labeling strom drains may can contact the Public Works Department.
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For more information contact:
Kevin Walsh (City staff) | kwalsh@stpaulpark.org | 651-459-9785
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Sunfish Lake - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2015
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During winter 2015-16 a Firewise Committee was created to explore the dangers of wildfires in the City. The Committee organized an active educational campaign to alert all Sunfish Lake residents to wildfire dangers. Sunfish Lake is a community with large grassland and woodland areas surrounding individual homes. The educational campaign included: five mailings, articles in the City newsletter, handouts at the Arbor Day Green Fair, a Saturday drive-through with four fire trucks staffed with fire department volunteers and Firewise Committee members, and personal follow-up contacts as needed.
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Every residence in the City was visited during the Firewise Drive-Through event and fire safety information was shared with all City residents. Many residents have improved driveway emergency vehicle access following the educational campaign.
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For more information contact:
Jim Nayes (Contractor) | jim@LSTrees.com | 612-803-9033
Partners: Fire Department (Mendota Heights)
Nisswa - Pending
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Year action initially completed: 2019
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The elementary school in town comes to city hall once a year to allow the 4th grade class to vote on a high emotion issue. Some students are council members and some are upset citizens. This allows them to see how the city government works in action. After the mock public hearing they take a vote on allowing the apple orchard to be demolished to build a strip mall. The kids really get into it while they are learning.

Our comprehensive plan also directly addresses the interest in educating our school children about local government. It is planned to do more interactive and educational events like the one listed above while continuing the several events we host at city hall.
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For more information contact:
Brittney Cotner (City Staff) | zoningadmin@ci.nisswa.mn.us | 2189632402
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