City Detail

Background Information

City of Arlington
County: Sibley
Population: 2233
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 8
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Patrick Melvin
City Staff
507-964-2378
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: 38
1 star actions: 13
2 star actions: 17
3 star actions: 6

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

3 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.

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Implementation details:
B3 Benchmarking data has been reported for city buildings. Data has been input for natural gas, electricity, water and sewer use for buildings since 2011 and is continuing to be updated regularly.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
As a result of the findings, Lee Ortloff of PeopleService has enlisted the aid of MnTAP, to identify ways to lower operating costs through improved energy efficiency at the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant. This is a new Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and MnTAP project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, aims to increase energy efficiency (E2) in Minnesota municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and scope opportunities for onsite power generation. The project will run through 2017. We are excited to see the savings as we update the B3 data.
Descriptive File:
PeopleService, MnTAP
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 star - Action 2:

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

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Implementation details:
All city-owned buildings have switched from standard fluorescent lights to a more efficient light with electronic ballasts. Some LED fixtures have been installed in city-owned buildings as well.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We still have the old fluorescent fixtures at the City Library and Senior Building. The City has obtained a quote from TRC (The Retrofit Companies) to retrofit 42 lamps to 30 LED fixtures at the Library as part of the 2016 capital budget. The Arlington Lions and Arlington Parks Committee are budgeting and fundraising for a complete remodel of the Senior Building in 2016. The remodel project will include energy updates (HVAC, lighting, bathroom fixtures) as well as "pretty" updates (paint, flooring, ceiling tiles, doors/windows).
Descriptive File:
Arlington Lions, Arlington Parks Committee
For more information contact:
Tony Voigt (City staff) | tvoigt@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 star - Action 4:

Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads, building energy use and workflow efficiency.

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The city has recently completed upgrades to each lift station by adding a new SCADA (Supervisory Control and data Acquisition) system used for monitoring flows to the wastewater treatment facility. The lift stations previously would operate on control floats prior to the upgrades where there was numerous problems with high flows causing the tangling up of floats which would result in a high, low or no alarm that should notify that an inappropriate level condition would exist. Each lift stations can be monitored from the wastewater treatment facility for current flow and the level of the contents in the lift station as the SCADA system is tied into the computers at the wastewater treatment facility. The lift stations also use the SCADA system as an emergency dialer to contact and notify the operators, if and when, an abnormal condition exists. Each lift station has a backup generator in case of power outages when they occur.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
PeopleService
For more information contact:
Lee Ortloff (Contractor) | LOrtloff@peopleservice.com | 612-636-2434
Pending - 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.

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Implementation details:
Sibley East in Arlington will soon be undertaking a large construction and remodel of their High School. A representative from MMPA and the City meets periodically with the school architect and engineer to discuss adding a rain garden and many energy efficiencies throughout the project.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
This will be an ongoing process into 2016. Staff to post updates as they are available.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

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.

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Implementation details:
The City through its relationship with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) offers multiple rebates, including a rebate on qualifying in-home energy audits. As a part of these visits, a qualified, trained auditor evaluates energy-saving opportunities and installs energy-efficient materials in residential homes. The city offers a $115 rebate on a Basic Home Energy Audit and $150 for an Advanced/Infrared Home Energy Audit.

The City also provides information and educational items via its monthly newsletters regarding the future of sustainable energy, energy saving tips, and its relationship as a member of MMPA. (See attached copy of August 2014 newsletter)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

1 star - Action 5:

Use LED/solar-powered lighting for a flashing sign or in a street, parking lot or park project.

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Implementation details:
In coordination with Sibley County during a road construction project in 2013, a solar powered LED crosswalk sign was installed following the removal of a traffic light indicator. This summer, the City of Arlington will be adding another solar powered LED crosswalk sign to connect the north side of the City to the downtown and school. These actions compliment the City’s comprehensive plan in developing a walkable community: creating a safer environment in places that have a high concentration of pedestrians and traffic.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
These crosswalk indicators run independently to alert drivers of youth and adult pedestrians.
Descriptive File:
Sibley County
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.

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Implementation details:
In 1999, a Planning Committee comprised of 23 members outlined goals in a Long-Range Plan. One of the goals was a Rehabilitation and Preservation Goal to preserve the City's history for future generations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Rehabilitation and preservation efforts were focused primarily along the Main Street of Arlington. The first few projects included the rehabilitation of the old fire hall and the movie theater. Since then, the Planning Commission worked for nearly a year to present Ordinance No. 297 to the City Council. The Council adopted the ordinance which calls for design standards in the B-2 Central Business District which calls for design standards that are sensitive to, compatible with and reminiscent of historic building patterns. The EDA is now working on drafting a Facade Improvement Grant Program to support the new ordinance.
Descriptive File: view file
Arlington Historical Society, Planning & Zoning Committee and City Council
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378

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.

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Implementation details:
The Planning Commission reviewed the 2008 comprehensive Plan. The Commission early in the process determined an amendment reflecting statistical changes, factual changes, goals attained and confirmation of existing goals was appropriate.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
These determinations lead to the development of an amendment to the plan versus a complete update of the plan. The City Council and Planning Commission in joing session held a public hearing on the proposed amendment and reviewed proposed changes.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 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.

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Implementation details:
Since 2002, the Comprehensive Plan is referenced over 30 times throughout the Arlington City Code. It is intertwined with planning, zoning, land use, plats, and all other aspects of land use.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Planning & Zoning Committee, City Council
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

2 star - Action 2:

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

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Implementation details:
On October 1, the Planning and Zoning Committee met and reviewed a draft Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) survey as a result of a robust discussion at their September 3rd meeting. On November 5, 2015, the group reviewed the survey results (attached). It was noted there was quite a variety of replies. The Committee decided it would move forward with the topic, but take their time, seek input from other members who were not at the meeting.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Discussion will continue on whether a change to the zoning ordinance is a proactive and favorable approach to creating a more efficient use of existing housing stock and public investment.
Descriptive File: view file
Planning & Zoning Committee
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

3 star - Action 5:

Have a downtown zoning district that allows residential and compatible commercial development.

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Implementation details:
Subdivision 2 of Ordinance 270 provides for permitted uses of apartment and residential living in the downtown central business district.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Currently, the downtown contains office, commercial and retail space with residential units located above.
Descriptive File: view file
Planning & Zoning Committee, City Council
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

3 star - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
The Arlington City Council Adopted Ordinance 305 establishing a Complete Streets Policy. The Complete Streets Policy defines a process to ensure future street and transportation projects give ample consideration to all future users and incorporate features as necessary to fulfill the City's vision of Complete Streets. The City views each street and transportation project as unique, this means design features will likely differ from street to street, yet each street may still be considered "complete". The policy consists of narrative standards and a map illustrating focus corridors.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The unadopted (informal) Policy was used in the planning of our 2015 Street & Utility Improvement Project. We narrowed the width of our streets, added sidewalks and green space.
Descriptive File: view file
EDA/Planning Consultant Cynthia Smith-Strack, Streets Committee, Planning & Zoning Committee
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378
3 star - Action 4:

Identify, prioritize and remedy complete streets gaps and lack of connectivity/safety within your road network by, for example, adding a bike route/lane, truck route, sidewalk or mid-block alley.

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Implementation details:
On November 5, 2015 and again on December 3, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Committee met with the Streets Committee to participate in a discussion of complete streets. Everyone participated in an activity to create a concept plan (map) for complete streets within the city. Some of the concepts considered were lighting, safety, trails, both pedestrian and bicycle, sidewalks, boulevard enhancements, etc. The information will be consolidated and shared with the groups as well as at a future City Council meeting.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The hope is to present a policy (with a request for formal action) at a future City Council Meeting.
Descriptive File: view file
Planning & Zoning Committee, Streets Committee, City Council
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 2:

Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.

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The City of Arlington, with Sibley County as a sponsor and the Sibley East Public Schools and St. Paul’s Lutheran School as cooperative partners, received a federal $199,980 Safe Routes to School grant during the late summer of 2011. The award was used to create a safer environment for students walking/bicycling to Sibley East and St. Paul's schools and ISD 2310 athletic facilities, as well as for those accessing regional trails. Coupled with the award, the City of Arlington adopted a sidewalk inspection policy and has annually budgeted $25,000 in sidewalk rehabilitation projects throughout the community. Attached is a copy of the Sidewalk Inspection Map and Legend that demonstrates an annual plan for rehabilitation projects. The City has also budgeted $10,000 annually to pay for the bonded portion of new sidewalks in the 2015 and 2019 street and utility improvement projects.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The sidewalk portion of the 2015 Street & Utility Improvement Project will be completed by 9-01-15.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 star - Action 3:

Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes; airports.

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Arlington has link to Trailblazer Transit's website link under Public Information "Public Transit" on the City Website. This link shows current fares, hours in which they operate, and transit options.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

2 star - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
The City amended its Financial Management Plan on 12-05-11 to include language regarding the purchase of Energy Star equipment/appliances and recycled-content paper (at least 30% post-consumer). (P. 18)

The Policy also discusses how capital budgeting priorities will be determined on a number of criteria; one being "Project improves efficiency".
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
1 star - Action 7:

Lower the environmental footprint of meetings and events in the city.

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Implementation details:
The City Council has budgeted $3,800 for 2016 to move to a paperless meeting process. They would receive their packets for meetings electronically and view the information on iPads, instead of having printed copies. City staff and Council make a concerted effort to carpool to meetings and conferences whenever possible. With the City's recent copier lease, staff now has the capability to fax electronically without paper.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

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Implementation details:
The City of Arlington has an excellent forestry program that serves both boulevard and privately owned trees. It promotes tree planting activities, education events, and partners with our forester to promote energy conservation through proper tree species selection and placement guidance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
For eight consecutive years, the City of Arlington has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as “Tree City USA”. The City was also awarded the "Growth" award in 2015 and 2016 for “new or significantly improved activities” relating to its Tree City/Arbor activities.
Descriptive File: view file
Sibley East High School, City Forester Stephen Nicholson
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
1 star - Action 3:

Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.

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Implementation details:
In 2015, the city had a tree replacement budget of $1,500 for replacing trees in parks and in the boulevards. In 2016, the budget increases to $3,400.

City Ordinance 291 addresses oak wilt, emerald ash borer, and Dutch elm disease.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Shade Tree Commission, Parks Committee
For more information contact:
Tony Voigt (City staff) | tvoigt@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 star - Action 4:

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

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Implementation details:
Arlington works closely with private parties to identify issues and help promote a robust tree population. This is achieved through public education and close working relationships between the School, City staff, Parks Committee, Shade Tree Committee and the City’s forester. Our robust boulevard tree program is made apparent by the thick tree cover that is found throughout the City on private properties and public right of way. Detailed inventories gathered by Sibley East students tied with planning for tree diversification are used to ensure a sustainable urban forest.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
A clickable "Tree City USA" logo has been placed on the City's homepage as an additional resource for Arlington citizens.
Descriptive File: view file
Sibley East High School, City Forester Stephen Nicholson, Parks Committee, Shade Tree Committee
For more information contact:
Tony Voigt (City staff) | tvoigt@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 3:

Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies:

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Implementation details:
The City of Arlington has existing and enforced Erosion and Sediment Control for land disturbance activities via its ordinances (public land dedication, storm-water management and zoning amendments). Erosion and Sediment control plans are necessary for projects of certain specifications.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Soils throughout the city are more stable and resilient. Property values, wetlands, and water resources are protected.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378
Not rated - Action 6:

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

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Implementation details:
The City of Arlington has existing and enforced Erosion and Sediment Control for land disturbance activities via its ordinances (public land dedication, storm-water management and zoning amendments). Erosion and Sediment control plans are necessary for projects of certain specifications.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Soils throughout the city are more stable and resilient. Property values, wetlands, and water resources are protected.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 3:

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

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Implementation details:
The city exceeds the 7 acres of park land per 1000 residents. Arlington's population is 2,233 and at least 55 acres of park land, including school/shared recreation facilities. This means the city has approximately 24 acres of park land per 1000 residents.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
1 star - Action 8:

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

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Implementation details:
In June 2015, the Parks Committee initiated an "Adopt a Park/Trail" program. The City received applications for each of its park and newly constructed bike/walking trail.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The adopters have taken an active role to be a watchful eye on vandalism, picking up trash and reporting areas that need attention to City staff. Several adopters have inquired on taking over the mowing and maintaining the trail. One adopter has inquired on painting/rehabing playground equipment. We have a very active adoption group!
Descriptive File:
Parks Committee, Arlington residents, businesses and organizations.
For more information contact:
Tony Voigt (City staff) | tvoigt@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

2 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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Implementation details:
The water treatment plant has four (4) variable frequency drives (VFDs) for the operation of the water system. There is one on each of the two wells and one for each of the high service pumps. The waste water plant has a total of 16 variable frequency drives throughout the plant. The drives run the blowers, mixers and return activated sludge pumps throughout the facility, both plants are using Programmable Logic Controllers for the operation of the systems.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
There have been multiple benefits in implementing the VFD’s on pumping applications; providing significant savings in both the short and long term (such as process control for monitoring flow rates and dissolved oxygen level s). Energy savings has significantly increased because the electrical motors are not running at full speed, or stopping and starting, thus resulting in less stress and reduced wear on the equipment. The electrical demand at the facilities has been greatly reduced, along with the maintenance that needs to be completed on the equipment, resulting in the extended life of the equipment. Staff performs monthly, bi annual and annual maintenance on the plants equipment in order to keep the devices running near peak efficiency which prolongs the replacement of the equipment.
Descriptive File:
PeopleService
For more information contact:
Lee Ortloff (Contractor) | LOrtloff@peopleservice.com | 612-636-2434
1 star - Action 3:

Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.

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Implementation details:
The city has done an inflow and infiltration reduction program. A sump pump ordinance has been put in place as well. In 2015 and 2016, the city budgeted $10,000 in I&I monitoring (televising, identifying, remediation). During the current Street & Utility Improvement project, two areas of I&I were identified and repaired.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Last year's televising did not produce any recorded area of I&I. As noted above, in June, during the construction of a storm manhole at 2nd Ave & Douglas, an overflow pipe was discovered and removed. Another area of I&I was identified and fixed.
Descriptive File:
Bolton & Menk, WM Mueller & Sons, PeopleService
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 3:

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

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The city collaborates with Sibley County and Tri-County Waste for solid waste and recycling needs. Components include weekly on-site recycling service, a yard waste site, hazardous waste drop-off, curbside brush removal/chipping, and event recycling.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The City of Arlington reinstated its Arlington Clean-Up Day on June 25th this year and saw over 400 residents partake in the program. Not only were vendors on-site to take appliances, computers, waste oil and other recyclables, the City assumed three dumpsters of trash and household items.
Descriptive File:
Sibley County, Tri-County Waste
For more information contact:
Tony Voigt (City staff) | tvoigt@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 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:
City businesses include a second-hand shop (Sibley Seconds), a consignment shop (Hip Hop Family Shop) and a shabby chic occasional shop (Two Old Goats):all of which promote donating and/or purchasing used goods.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Arlington has a strong downtown shopping appeal which includes these three anchor shops.

City Staff recently took pictures of its area businesses and will update the City's website with contact information, summary of service, etc.
Descriptive File:
Arlington Chamber of Commerce
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

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 passed a resolution to join the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program in March 2011.

The City has also embedded the "We're a GreenStep City" on its homepage to give residents an opportunity to find out more about GreenStep as well as track how their City is doing in its initiatives. The City also publishes its Planning & Zoning Committee meeting minutes on line which allows readers to see what type of green measures the City is working on.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Planning & Zoning Committee, City Council
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 star - Action 4:

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

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Implementation details:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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!"

Descriptive File: view file
Sibley County Public Health, Farmers Market Committee, Community Ed/Rec Coordinator
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

3 star - Action 2:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to connect businesses with assistance providers, including utilities, who provide personalized energy, waste or sustainability audits and assistance.

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Implementation details:
The City of Arlington Utility Billing Department offers rebates to business customers who install energy efficient lighting, variable speed drives, custom projects and vending machine controllers. Rebate Applications are available online or may be picked up at the City Office.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Businesses are able to acquire "We Save Business" rebate forms and information through the City Office, city website and MMPA. The City also coordinates annual business visits with a representative from MMPA to discuss potential energy saving projects.
Descriptive File:
MMPA, Kimberly Lillyblad
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
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, sidewalks and trails, the city utilizes Arlington's Cemstone Products Company, which utilizes local recycled concrete.
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For more information contact:
Tony Voigt (City staff) | tvoigt@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
3 star - Action 7:

Conduct or participate in a buy local campaign for community members and local businesses.

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The City of Arlington is currently working on creating a Business page on its new website which would list locally owned businesses, provide information and links to each business. Currently, a list of locally owned business members is provided by the Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce. The Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce has created a local currency called "Arlington Dollars" to use at any of our local business! The City of Arlington uses Arlington Dollars (via vendor donations) to award to community volunteers. Arlington Dollars are used in numerous contests/raffles as prize money.

Community Ed/Rec and the Arlington Parks Committee are partnering with Sibley County Public Health to start an Arlington Farmers Market in 2016. The City Hall/Community Center parking lot and commercial kitchen will be utilized as the host site for the Market as well as corresponding "Healthy Cooking" classes utilizing locally grown products.

Utilizing a Blandin Foundation matching grant, the City is discussing partnering with the Chamber to build a Community Ap which would highlight our parks, history museum and walk and local businesses.

The Trick-or-Treat Fright Night is hosted by the Arlington Chamber which promotes local businesses and organizations by having kids trick or treat throughout the downtown business district area. The street is closed for the evening for the ultimate safety of its trick-or-treaters.
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Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Sibley County, SE Community Ed/Rec, Arlington Parks Committee
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

2 star - Action 2:

Promote resident/business purchases and/or generation of clean energy by:

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Several times throughout the year, the City of Arlington includes articles within its monthly newsletter to inform residents on various green and energy saving initiatives. Topics include: Winter Energy Savings Tips; The City's Home Rebate Information for qualifying appliances, lighting fixtures and home energy audits; The City's renewable energy technology (as a member of MN Municipal Power Agency/MMPA); Water Savings Tips; Information about the City's renewable energy product called "Clean Energy Choice"; and Summer energy savings tips.

In March 2016, the City offered Energy Savings Kits to low-income residential customers. The kits included three LED bulbs, switch and outlet insulating sealers and a fridge/freezer thermometer. Then in April, the remaining 200 boxes (valued at $25/ea.) were offered on a first-come/first-serve basis to Arlington residential electric customers.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The desire is to offer continuous and up-to-date programming and education on energy saving initiatives.

(a picture of the Arlington Energy Savings Kit) is attached.)
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MMPA
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
1 star - Action 4:

Support a community solar garden or help community members participate in a community renewable energy project by:

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In coordination with MMPA, the City of Arlington rolled out its Clean Energy Choice program. Arlington’s supplier, MMPA, will provide 1 kWh from its Oak Glen Wind Farm, Hometown BioEnergy, or Hometown Wind to the power grid for each kWh that is purchased. At this time, our residential customers can purchase renewable, sustainable energy for a premium of just $0.0175 per kWh for their actual household usage. (If you use 750 kWh/month, that’s an additional $13 per month on your utility bill.)
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Participation in this program is voluntary and on a month-to-month basis. There are no contracts to sign, and no long-term commitment.

Since inception in early 2015, 1% of Arlington's customers have signed up for the service.
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MMPA
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378
2 star - Action 5:

Install a public sector/municipally-owned renewable energy technology, such as solar electric (PV), wind, biomass, solar hot water/air, or micro-hydro.

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Via a grant from MMPA, a 160 kW wind turbine was built in the City's northeast industrial park.

Via a 2016 grant from MMPA a 5kW solar panel will be installed at the Sibley East High School. The Grant allows MMPA to teach youth first-hand about how sunlight is converted into electricity, and the unique characteristics of solar power. The solar panels are proposed to be placed on the south side of the Arlington building along the pool wall which would serve as an outdoor classroom. The panels will produce five kilowatts of electricity which is enough to power 10-12 classrooms.
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In addition to providing local and renewable energy, these turbines and solar panels help community members learn about the benefits and operating characteristics of wind and solar power.
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MMPA, Kimberly Lillyblad
For more information contact:
Annie Shotliff (City staff) | ashotliff@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378

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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In 2010, Sibley East High School was awarded $1,000 from the Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), as well as $5,525 from the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, $2,500 from AgStar, and $1,000 from the Minnesota Valley Electric Co-op, which made the implementation of a pilot Farm-to-School program possible.
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http://www.farm2schoolmn.org/index.php?q=sibley_east_unique_approach

2010's success encouraged them to try again the following year on an even larger scale. In addition to planting two acres of vegetable gardens, they planted an acre of corn, which was sold to offset the cost of the garden. The school also reserved a section of its garden for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which provides additional funding to pay the garden managers, who spent 15 to 20 hours a week during the summer working on their green thumbs. Through the CSA, members of the Sibley East community had the chance to purchase a share of the vegetable garden and take home its harvest. Twenty-nine Arlington community members participated in the CSA in 2012 and participation continues to increase.
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Sibley East School District, Sibley County Public Health
For more information contact:
Tim Uhlenkamp (Community volunteer) | tuhlenkamp@sibley-east.k12.mn.us | 507-964-8272

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

1 star - Action 1:

Prepare to maintain public health and safety during extreme weather and climate-change-related events, while also taking a preventive approach to reduce risk for community members.

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On 7-20-15, the Council, via resolution, adopted the Sibley County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The cities were invited to attend multiple workshops to assist in drafting the Plan. The Mayor appointed Tim Haggenmiller as the City's Emergency Manager at its first meeting in January, 2016. The City's Emergency Operations Committee meets annually to assess risks and hazards and to update its Emergency Operations Plan.
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As a result of adopting the County Hazard Mitigation Plan and during last year's annual meeting of the Emergency Operations Committee, As part of this year's budget cycle, the City budgeted for a generator at its newly appointed Emergency Operations Center (at the Fire/Police/Ambulance Building). Partial funding will be sought through a FEMA grant.

A link has been provided to the Sibley County Emergency Management Department to view the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
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Sibley County Emergency Management Dept, Emergency Operations Committee
For more information contact:
Liza Donabauer (City staff) | ldonabauer@arlingtonmn.com | 507-964-2378