City Detail

Background Information

City of Apple Valley
County: Dakota
Population: 49084
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 187
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Jessica Schaum
City Staff
952-953-2461
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 3 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 57
1 star actions: 42
2 star actions: 8
3 star actions: 5

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 star - Action 1:

Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City continues to collect and add data into the B3 database.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 2:

Make no/low cost indoor lighting and operational changes in city-owned/school buildings to reduce energy costs.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Numerous city buildings, selected based on size, have received energy audits and energy efficiency improvements. Going forward, the city may prioritize audits for the least efficient city buildings as determined by B3 energy performance ranking and consider energy efficiency improvements with paybacks of under 5 years.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Invest in larger energy efficiency projects through performance contracting or other funding or through smaller retro-commissioning/retrofit projects in city-owned/school buildings.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Apple Valley received federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant funding, which allowed the city to undertake efficiency upgrades in eight buildings. Utility rebates provided additional funding for many projects.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
2 star - Action 5:

Document that the new construction or major remodeling of a public building has met the SB 2030 energy standard or has met or qualified under a green building or energy framework.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Liquor Store #3 and Hayes Community and Senior Center buildings are both Green Globes certified for their green building standards.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

2 star - Action 1:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach/incentive program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Through its Better Energy program, the city partnered with local energy utilities and nonprofits to help Apple Valley homeowners improve their homes by reducing their energy use and saving money at the same time. Free educational workshops teach Apple Valley homeowners how to lower their energy use and save money, participants can also sign up for home energy visits with direct installs of efficiency measures.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
2 star - Action 4:

Describe energy/water efficiency outcomes and other green building practices at businesses located within/nearby the city.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Through the Better Energy program, the city has partnered with local energy utilities and the Chamber of Commerce to encourage commercial energy saving opportunities. According to EnergySTAR, both Kohls and Cub Foods in Apple Valley have documented their energy use and received an EnergySTAR label for their buildings.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 5:

Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Apple Valley has adopted by ordinance water restrictions that are in effect daily May 1 to September 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; residents using alternate sources such as private wells or water from lakes or ponds are subject to the same restrictions. Apple Valley has also adopted the following water conservation rate structure: first 1,000 gallons - $1.04; 6,000 to 10,000 - $1.06; 11,000 to 15,000 - $1.29; 16,000 to 35,000 - $1.66; over 35,000 - $1.93.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

New Green Buildings {BP no.3}

Pending - Action 1:

Require by city policy that new city-owned buildings be built using the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Apple Valley has two Green Globes certified city-owned buildings: the Hayes Senior & Community Center and Liquor Store #3
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Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 4:

Coordinate traffic signals and/or optimize signal timing so as minimize car idling at intersections yet maintain safe and publicly acceptable vehicle speeds.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Dakota County has interconnected and synchronized 24 traffic lights along 7 miles of county roads in Apple Valley, including:
"County Road 42 from Elm Drive to Flagstaff Ave. and from Johnny Cake Ridge to Diamond Path
"Cedar Ave. from 140th St. to 160th St.
"County Road 46 from Galaxie Ave. to Flagstaff Ave.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
3 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
All traffic signals in the city have LED lights.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Land Use Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans {BP no.6}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The Comprehensive Guide Plan  2030 Update was adopted on Jan. 14th, 2010.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 2:

Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The subdivision and zoning ordinances are consistent with the 2030 Comprehensive Guide Plan.
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1 star - Action 3:

Include requirements in comprehensive and/or other plans for intergovernmental coordination addressing regional land use and watershed / wellhead impacts, infrastructure, transportation, economic development and city/regional services.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The city coordinates with Dakota County, the Metropolitan Council, MDNR, MPCA on a variety of these issues.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 star - Action 1:

Limit barriers to higher density housing by including in the city zoning ordinance and zoning map:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The 2030 Comprehensive Plan requires 3-6 units an acre for Single Family zoning districts, but single family districts could be higher than 6 units per acre in Planned Development districts. The city also permits M8 (12-24 units/acre) adjacent to LB (limited business) and RB (retail business).
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 2:

Achieve higher density housing through at least two of the following strategies:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Apple Valley permits flexible lot sizes through the Planned Development zoning process, density bonuses in multifamily districts, and accessory dwelling units by right in Planned Development districts.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Achieve higher intensity commercial/industrial land uses through at least one of the following strategies:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Apple Valley allows reduced lot sizes, and zero lot line setbacks in the Central Village district.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 4:

Provide incentives for infill projects, or for life-cycle housing at or near job or retail centers, or for achieving an average net residential density of seven units per acre.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Apple Valley has provided a variety of incentives for various projects on a case-by-case review. Examples include Founders Circle, with reduced setbacks, shared parking, and higher intensity land uses, as well as financial incentives from various funding sources for planning and park amenities; and Cobblestone Lake, with smaller lot sizes, reduced setbacks, and funding of workforce and senior housing.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

1 star - Action 2:

Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Municipal Center is located in Downtown Apple Valley, adjacent to several employment centers, the Apple Valley Medical Center, and the Dakota County Western Service Center, as well as several residential developments. The Municipal Center and several other city facilities (Central Maintenance Facility, Hayes Community Center, the Aquatic Center and Teen Center) are all accessible by City sidewalks and trails, making it easy to walk and bike to these critical service centers. MVTA provides service to all areas of Apple Valley and to city facilities.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development, to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development, and/or to add sustainability features.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Central Village is a Planned Development district that incorporates both vertical and horizontal mix of uses.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 7:

Create incentives for vertical mixed-use development in appropriate locations (downtown, commercial districts near colleges or universities, historic commercial districts).

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has used various incentives to create vertical mixed use development in the Central Village area of the Downtown district.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Efficient Highway- and Auto-Oriented Development {BP no.9}

1 star - Action 1:

Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
As part of the upgrade of Cedar Avenue to accommodate bus rapid transit (BRT), a public process was undertaken and design goals were developed that guided the work of the corridor. The completed Cedar Avenue corridor will have landscaping, streetscape elements, decorative lighting, tree plantings, benches, and way finding at key intersections.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Adopt infrastructure design standards that protect the economic and ecologic functions of the highway corridor through clustering of development, plantings and incorporating access management standards.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
City policies that have been in place since the early 1990s created a destination-oriented Downtown commercial center with the core being the intersection of County Road 42 and Cedar Avenue. The city has focused commercial development in this area, with supporting neighborhood commercial developments in other defined areas. Typical highway commercial development is discouraged. The City participated with Dakota County and other stakeholders in a multi-year effort to implement bus rapid transit (BRT) along the Cedar Avenue corridor. The combined transit and highway improvement process involved context-sensitive design principals.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

1 star - Action 3:

For cities within metropolitan areas, incorporate woodland best management practices addressing protection of wooded areas into zoning or development review.

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Implementation details:
City Code Chapter 152 - Natural Resources Management provides requirements for protecting natural areas including trees and wetlands. The code has strict requirements related to replacement of trees removed in connection with development and land disturbing activities.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a complete streets policy, or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Several sections of the City's Comprehensive Plan provide the over-arching policies for "Great Streets" for the City. In summary, the City views Great Streets as an integral part of the City’s vision for transportation opportunities for all modes. Great Streets and Active Living were two priority themes for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update. A well-designed transportation system will allow for options. As we move into the future and explore requests for redeveloping and repositioning the downtown, we expect to continue to enhance multi-modal opportunities.

“Great Streets” Concept. The Vision chapter of the Apple Valley Comprehensive Plan states that the City should be a place of “great streets”. A great street extends beyond the street surface to the sidewalks and landscaping in the adjacent right-of-way.
A great street provides for the safe and efficient movement of vehicles while encouraging travel by bicycles and pedestrians. A great street supports and enhances land use. A great street adds to the quality of life and identity of Apple Valley. The street system should be designed to avoid unintended traffic patterns and volumes. Therefore, the City will consider the “great streets” concept when planning future improvements to transportation corridors such as CSAH 23 (Cedar Avenue), CSAH 42, and the Downtown Ring Route.

Transportation in Apple Valley involves more than
driving a car. An aging population, rising energy
costs and desires for an active and healthy community encourage a transportation system that provides meaningful ways for people to travel by bus, foot, bicycle, and wheelchair.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Founders Lane: 153rd Street reconstructed from two-lane road to two one-way, two-lane streets with boulevard trees planted in decorative concrete surface approximately 40' apart. Also, beginning in 2011 a bus rapid transit lane will be added to Cedar Ave and the project will include boulevard trees planted approximately 30-40' apart and pedestrian-scaled lighting, enhanced landscaping, streetscaping and monumentation, pedestrian refuges in the middle of Cedar Avenue to wait if they cannot cross Cedar during a signal cycle, and way-finding signage.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 6:

Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Curb bump-outs and boulevard trees were installed as traffic calming measures on Garden View Drive, south of Whitney Drive.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 1:

Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
"A map showing the City's trail and sidewalk system is available on the website. In addition, the City website has a larger-scale commuter bike route map. City maps indicate the location of City parks and businesses in the downtown.
"Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) provides bus service in Apple Valley. Bus station stops provide benches, seating, bicycle lockers and bike racks. The park and ride facilities at 157th Street, the Apple Valley Transit Station and the Palomino Park and Ride provide enclosed waiting areas. The Apple Valley Transit Station (AVTS) provides 750-spaces of structured and surface parking, and a skyway over Cedar Avenue to ensure pedestrian safety. Real-time arrival data is expected to be implemented as part of the bus rapid transit (BRT) service on Cedar Avenue in 2012.
"The City was one of the founding partners in the Active Living Dakota County group. Active Living Dakota County has secured grants through Blue Cross Blue Shield and the State of Minnesota Health Improvement Program (SHIP) to promote active living in its member communities. The City of Apple Valley has received grants to conduct the Bike Walk Apple Valley Trail and Sidewalk plan and the Business Bike Rack program. Grants have also been submitted to fund construction of some of the key missing trail and sidewalk segments in the City.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
3 star - Action 6:

Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Construction is now underway to upgrade Cedar Avenue to accommodate shoulder-running bus rapid transit (BRT) service. The Cedar Avenue BRT will begin operating at the end of 2012 and will be the first operating BRT system in the State.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

1 star - Action 2:

Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The city purchased a Malibu with double the fuel-mileage of the ½ ton pick-up alternative. Staff will continue to adjust the fleet for vehicle size and function as necessary.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Phase-in operational changes, equipment changes including electric vehicles, and no-idling practices for city or local transit fleets.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Supervisors monitor vehicle fuel use, staff discussions discourage vehicle idling and newer vehicles have anti-idling controls, and staff monitor and adjust maintenance schedules for optimum efficiency.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a sustainable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Apple Valley purchases paper with 30% post-consumer recycled content. The city also purchases Energy Star certified computers, printers and monitors, which are set to go to low power state when unused and appropriate.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 2:

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.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City's utility Dakota Electric sources 20% of their electrical generation from renewables (hydro, wind, natural gas, and refuse derived.

In addition, the Apple Valley Liquor Store #3 is the first business in the state of Minnesota to receive a “Green Globe Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Stewardship. We have gone completely Geothermal for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration. We also boast fully automated lighting which adjust to the sunlight that shines through skylights throughout the entire building. All-in-all the City of Apple Valley is saving over 50% in energy costs by investing in environmentally conscious efforts.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Establish a local purchasing preference and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Kwik Kopy prints our business cards and is an Apple Valley business. Other local businesses the City patronizes include Apple Valley Ford and Collision, Napa Auto Parts, and several other auto parts businesses help maintain our fleet.

The City will create a list and share this information with other local consumers and businesses.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 4:

Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City purchases the most efficient water-using products for operations when economically feasible.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 5:

Set minimum standards for the percentage of recycled-content material in asphalt and roadbed aggregate or other construction materials, and for compost and warm mix asphalt use.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City uses standard MNDOT specifications for aggregate composition percentages in surfaced roads and shoulders. A salvaged/recycled aggregate mixture shall have a minimum of 10% by mass aggregate material incorporated into the mixture.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Apple Valley has been a member of Tree City USA since 1984.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 4:

Maximize tree planting along your main downtown street or throughout the city.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City's downtown Ring Route is approximately 2.75 miles long and contains 417 established trees. Trees are planted in 4' by 4' opening in decorative concrete boulevard surface and are spaced approximately 25' apart.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
(b) Apple Valleys Tree Preservation Ordinance (Sec 152.46) regulates tree removal and applies when >10% of significant trees are proposed to be removed from site. Tree replacement consists of replanting 10% of diameter-inches removed.

(c) When buffer zones are required around water bodies, Protective Buffer Zone Ordinance (Sec 152.57C.3.b.) requires native plants be used to establish buffer. Adopted City Ordinances do not specifically list native plants as an alternative to turf grass, but they do not disallow use of native plants or rain gardens as alternatives to turf grass. One commercial property in Apple Valley is planted entirely in big bluestem, which was approved during the development/plan review process. Additionally, Apple Valley has a cost share program for installation of rain gardens, native plant gardens, and shoreline restorations using native plants.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Engineering design guidelines are in place for rain gardens.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
Not rated - Action 6:

Reduce de-icing and dust suppressant salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Apple Valleys City Ordinance 152.55 address these provisions--No land disturbing activity will take place without installation of BMPs regarding erosion/sediment control.

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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for a network of parks, green spaces, water features and trails for areas where new development is planned.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City's Subdivision Chapter of the City Code requires dedication of land (or cash-in-lieu of) for parks, storm water management in connection with new subdivisions. Trails that are identified in the City's trail and sidewalk plan must also be dedicated in connection with new subdivisions.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
3 star - Action 3:

Achieve minimum levels of city green space and maximize the percent within a ten-minute walk of community members.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The 2008 municipal park system includes 52 park areas and open spaces and eight (8) special use parks and facilities covering more than 850 acres. A GIS study confirms that all residents of Apple Valley are located within 1/2-mile of a park or protected green space.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 8:

Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City's Park and Recreation Advisory Committee is a volunteer organization that gets involved with land restoration, tree plantings, and stewardship activities in the City.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 4:

Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Apple Valley Ordinance 152.57 requires protective buffers around bodies of water.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

1 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for motor maintenance and upgrades so as to assure the most energy efficient, durable and appropriate equipment is available when upgrades or break downs occur.

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The city conducts routine maintenance on all pumping facilities and motors. Well pumps/motors are on a 7-year maintenance inspection cycle; WTP pumps/motors are on an 8-year maintenance and inspection cycle; lift station pumps/motors are inspected annually.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
3 star - Action 4:

Optimize energy and chemicals use at drinking water / wastewater facilities and decrease chloride in wastewater discharges.

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The city has completed an energy audit and backwash optimization improvements.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

1 star - Action 1:

Report to landowners suspected noncompliant or failing septic systems as part of an educational, informational and financial assistance and outreach program designed to trigger voluntary landowner action to improve septic systems.

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Implementation details:
On November 23, 2010, the City adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 51, Regarding Individual Sewage Treatment Systems. The ordinance governs the process addressed in this action.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 3:

Clarify/establish one or more responsible management entities for the proper design, siting, installation, operation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.

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The City is responsible for septic system review, permitting and monitoring.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

2 star - Action 3:

Improve profitability, legal compliance and conserve resources through adoption of ordinance language, licensing and resource management contracts.

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ISD 196 has a resource management contract through Allied Waste which covers the collection of trash and recyclables at all elementary, middle and high schools and also food waste at elementary schools. Dakota County also has a Resource Management Contract for the Western Service Center, which includes the Galaxie Library.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 4:

Publicize, promote and use the varied businesses/services collecting and marketing used, repaired and rental consumer goods, especially electronics, in the city/county.

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Implementation details:
Dakota Valley Recycling, a JPO, that administers the City's recycling actions, offers a fact sheet Donate Items for Reuse, which includes the Goodwill in Apple Valley. Other locations throughout Dakota County that Dakota Valley Recycling has promoted in the past include the Chap Value Store in Burnsville, Salvation Army in Burnsville, Building Materials Outlet in Eagan and the Recycling Zone.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

1 star - Action 2:

Regulate outdoor wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

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Apple Valley regulates recreational wood burning in chapter 93 of the City Code.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

1 star - Action 1:

Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.

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Implementation details:
The City is publishing a GreenStep Cities newsletter article in the 2015 Summer edition to share our participation in the program. It will also be available on the City's website. These newsletters are out for the public at most city facilities and are mailed to each home.

In addition, the City began a "Green Team" of employees to promoting Sustainable Energy, Financial, and Environmental Practices for the City years ago. This mission: To consider and promote sustainable practices for the City's use of energy resources in its daily operations and delivery of services. Some activities included:
1) Learn about and understand the broader issues and context surrounding energy usage for now and into the future.
2) Educate and promote sustainable practices among other City employees. (Example: Encourage conservation by shutting off unnecessary artificial lighting during the day).
3) Act as a clearing house for information and training opportunities on sustainability so that other members of the organization can learn more about how energy sustainability can be achieved in their specific areas.
4) Explore and solicit ideas from within home departments for ways to create more sustainable energy usage within the department. (Example: Look at purchasing vehicles and equipment with fuel or energy consumption in mind).
5) Recommend City-wide policies to the City Administrator that support the team mission. (Example: Create a City-wide policy on the use of electric heaters and fans at individual workstations).
6) Recommend City-wide policies to the City Council that support the team mission, but may impact the delivery of services. (Example: Look at areas of a park that are currently mowed weekly that might be allowed to go natural without mowing).

While not currently active, the resources for lowering our environmental footprint are still available on the internal intranet to all employees.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
2 star - Action 2:

Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.

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Implementation details:
be. Apple Valley for Homeowners (Better Energy Program)

The City of Apple Valley teamed up with Dakota Electric, CenterPoint Energy, and the Center for Energy and Environment through grants from the Joyce Foundation and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to offer Apple Valley homeowners this full-service residential energy program - be. (better energy) Apple Valley.

Below are some of the results of this two-year program:
793 homeowners attended workshops on saving energy
780 (98%) completed a home visit of their property with an energy professional
16,680 CFL light bulbs were installed
759 low-flow shower heads were installed
1,491 low-flow aerators were installed
149 homes completed major upgrades like attic insulation or furnace, boiler, or hot water heater replacement
27% of homes acted on at least one of the recommended upgrades
$437,000 in estimated value of energy savings from the program over the lifetime of the products

The be. Apple Valley program was designed to help Apple Valley homeowners improve their homes by reducing their energy use and saving money at the same time.

be. for Businesses
Apple Valley businesses are showing that energy efficiency makes sense for their bottom line and the environment. Since 2007, Apple Valley businesses have worked with Dakota Electric and Center Point Energy on over 100 efficiency projects and cut their annual energy bills by over $285,000.

In partnership with the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce and with input from Apple Valley business leaders, Better Energy is finding ways to help businesses cut their costs by saving energy. Two roundtable meetings identified the following opportunities:
• Benchmarking to help businesses compare their energy use and costs to industry peers
• Bulk-buys of proven, low-cost, and quick-payback efficiency devices
• Conducting an energy survey to identify progress and opportunities throughout the business community
o Energy survey for businesses that lease their space
o Energy survey for business that own their space
• Connecting businesses to efficiency rebates and utility programs
• Employee "green teams" to save businesses money through no-cost behavior solutions
• Exploring ways building owners and tenants can both benefit from energy efficiency
• Recognizing energy-efficient businesses
Apple Valley currently supplies information every ten years in the Comprehensive Plan regarding goals for a wide variety of plans including parks, stormwater, drinking water, and economic development. The City annually reports the accomplishments of the previous years goals and the goals for the current and future years in the annual “State of the City” address by the Mayor.
Several of our water related goals are discussed below: http://www.ci.apple-valley.mn.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/967

Goal: Limit infiltration and inflow (I/I)of stormwater into our sanitary sewer. The City has a proactive program directed at identifying and correcting I/I, including
the following: Manholes are inspected as part of sewer cleaning operations, which are performed daily March through November, weather permitting. Approximately one
third of the system is cleaned (and manholes inspected) annually.

Goal: Reduce amount of unaccounted for water by replacing or lining all defective clay water pipe. This project began two years ago and we are making progress through the Capital Improvement Program each year. Several neighborhoods or street sections are done annually, which preserves and protects infrastructure and limits wasted drinking water.

Goal: Protect groundwater from potential contamination on City properties. The City conducts quarterly inspections on all City owned facilities to check for improper storage of hazardous wastes or materials, stockpiles of soils, or any illegal dumping. Prior to 2015, these inspections were annually. Quarterly inspections will help prevent polluted drinking water from City properties. We also educate residents and businesses, but hope to lead by example.

Goal: Replace all residential water meters and inspect sump pump connections for illegal activity. This project will begin in 2016 to update all water meters to more accurately capture water use with advanced technology. Additionally the City will inspect for proper sump pump connections or any illicit connections into our sanitary system.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
2 star - Action 4:

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

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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

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

1 star - Action 4:

Strengthen value-added businesses utilizing local "waste" material.

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For many cement related projects, such as curb and gutter,the city has contracted with Fischer Sand and Aggregate, Cemstone, and Aggregate Industries, all of which utilize local recycled concrete.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
1 star - Action 6:

Promote green businesses that are recognized under a local, regional or national program.

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The ARROW program promotes over 130 businesses, schools and non-profits, 44 of which are located in Apple Valley. For businesses to qualify for membership to this program, they must report on their practices in the areas of recycling, buying/selling environmentally preferable products, reusing and reduction of resource use via energy efficiency, water conservation or other waste-reducing efforts.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 3:

Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:

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(a) Currently farmers markets are conducted twice a week in Apple Valley at Mt. Olivet church on Tuesday evenings, and at the Municipal Center on Saturday mornings. (c) ISD 196 Dakota Ridge School has a greenhouse and gardening program. ISD 196 School Environmental Studies has a community garden.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508