City Detail

Background Information

City of Austin
County: Mower
Population: 24718
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 137
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Holly Wallace
City Staff
507-437-9952
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: 85
1 star actions: 51
2 star actions: 18
3 star actions: 9

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Information has been entered for significant buildings. It is kept current quarterly with plans to print and distribute B3 reports to council & department heads. In addition, Riverland Community College has been entering data monthly since their 2007 baseline, and Austin Public Schools since 2006. An assessment of the energy saving opportunities in 3 of the city owned buildings was completed in 2014 by ICS Consulting, Inc. The Building and Lighting sub-committee reviewed the recommended improvements and reported to the Sustainability Taskforce on recommended actions. None of the actions were deemed viable at the time for the GESP but the city has moved forward with self-financing on some of the recommendations.
Outcome measures/metrics:
As of June 1, 2012,6 buildings use significantly less energy than other buildings of that type. A plan is being developed to deliver quarterly reports to city staff.
Descriptive File:
Kelly Lady, Austin Utilities; Ann Arney ics Consulting
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
3 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:
Since 2011, the City of Austin has received over $70,000 in rebates for installing energy efficient equipment resulting in 617,898 kWh and 30885 therms of gas (see City of Austin Rebates).
Outcome measures/metrics:
At least 4 of our buildings, as tracked in B3, have reduced energy by more than 10%. Several more have reduced by more than 5%. This qualifies us for 3 star rating.
Descriptive File: view file
Austin Utilities
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin Public Schools completed boiler/water heater upgrades at Banfield Elementary School and Ellis Middle School using an energy performance contract. The City of Austin completed retrofits of T8 fixtures with LED lamps. Austin Utilities offers several project financing/incentive programs that initiated the projects. The LED retrofits received 80% of the project costs in rebates with less than a 2 year payback.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Banfield achieved a 17+% reduction in energy use and Ellis saw a 1% decrease in energy use as shown in the attachment.
Descriptive File: view file
Austin Public Schools, Austin Utilities
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
3 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Recent upgrades at the Public Library included boiler work and maintenance of the existing Metasys building management system. The City of Austin adopted an energy usage policy in 2013, which is in the attachment.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Energy use at the City Office building, where a large group of city employees work saw an increase in energy use of 11+% prior to the energy policy adoption in May of 2013 and reduced that by 3% after the policy was adopted.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin Public Schools built a new Intermediate School in 2013 utilizing LEED principles in the design, but has not attempted to certify it. The building currently has an Energy Star score of 96. Some of the building technologies employed include thermal energy storage, intelligent toilet flush valves, hydration stations, daylight harvesting, chilled beam ventilation and LED light fixtures. The first year of operation saw energy use of 77.24 kbtu/SF/yr. while we were working to fine tune the building systems. We have been able to reduce that to 60.48 kbtu/SF/yr. and are continuing to analyze energy use and patterns to reduce it even further. In addition, a group of students recently started an initiative to recycle all of the milk cartons on a daily basis with Waste Management. We started this in early January and are hopeful it will reduce the waste stream.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Austin Public Schools
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 6:

Improve the operations & maintenance of city-owned/school buildings and leased buildings by using a customized online energy efficiency tool, asset management tool, green building framework or green lease.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin Public Schools employs a couple strategies to implement sustainable operations and maintenance. One of them it to use Green Seal certified cleaning supplies whenever feasible. One recent analysis identified that 37% of all cleaning chemicals used at our Kindergarten Center are Green Seal Certified. The second strategy is a focus on intelligent building upgrades to minimize our energy use. We have an average Energy Star score across our 8 district owned buildings of 93. We have done HVAC upgrades at all of these sites that include thermal energy storage at 2 sites and building automation upgrades at each site with kwh meters. We run monthly reports with these kwh meters to identify operations and maintenance needs and behavior changes needed to reduce our energy use.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Austin Public Schools
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 7:

Install for one or more city-owned/school buildings one of the following efficiency measures:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Mower County Justice Center Complete, 50 ton GX system and Packer ice arena 200 ton GX system
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Mower County, Park & Rec
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
(1) All customers of Austin Utilities receive a newsletter with their monthly utilitity bill. The newsletter features relevant energy saving tips as well as a rebate of the month. (2) In addition, Home Energy Reports (HER) are mailed bi-monthly. HERs deliver personalized information about energy usage in each home, and offer easy-to-follow tips that can quickly lead to energy savings. Customized at the household level, the reports likely offer the best energy-efficiency advice for our customers.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Austin Utilities
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
3 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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
a) Hormel Foods Corp. retrofit of lighting systems at Corporate Office North and Corporate Office South facilities to high efficiency T8 and LED and partnered with Austin Utilities on rebates for T12 replacement. Implemented water reduction measures at both facilities as well.
b) Hormel Foods Corp. has benchmarked the Corporate Office North and Corporate Office South facilities in EPA Energy Star's Portfolio Manager. The R&D facility is in progress.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Hormel Foods corporate office north addition of 28,000 square feet received LEED Gold Certification, including credits in the areas of IEQc6.1 & IEQc6.2 for multi level lighting control and daylight harvesting, as well as credits in the areas of WEc2 & WEc3 for Water Reductions and Innovative Wastewater Technologies including a rainwater collection system, sub-soil drainage, dual-flush water closets, low flush urinals, low-flow lavatories, low-flow showers, and low-flow kitchen sinks.
Descriptive File:
Hormel Foods
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
3 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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
1) Austin Utilities currently uses a conservation rate structure utilizing seasonal rates to promote water conservation. The rate was effective May 12, 2009 2) Austin Utilities currently offers an extensive rebate program promoting the purchase of Energy Star and Water Sense appliances. All information can be found on the Austin Utilities website under the Conserve and Save Rebates sections of the Residential and Business pages.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Austin Utilities
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

New Green Buildings {BP no.3}

1 star - Action 2:

Work with the local school district to ensure that future new schools are 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:
Austin Public School District is building a new 5/6 Intermediate School that will be using green building standards (i.e. Energy Star rated appliances, daylight harvesting, occupancy sensors, thermal energy storage, etc.)

*We are still in the design phase for this project but have had preliminary scope development conversations regarding green building standards. Building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Austin Public Schools, City
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 4:

Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who build new buildings that utilize the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
c) Austin Utilities currently offers up to $25,000 financing for customers to use for green building design assistance. Payments are made via the customer utility bill.
d) New addition to Hormel Foods Corp. Corporate Office North facility will be LEED Gold certified thanks in part to expected rebates from Austin Utilities.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Hormel Foods, City
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

1 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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Over 50% of city traffic signals have loop detectors that allow better flow of traffic. Current policy is for all future city traffic signals to be controlled with loop detectors as they are replaced in the future.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Engineering Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Rotary Park restroom facility is completely off-grid and power with 3 - 130 watt panels for a total of 390 watts
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Park & Rec Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 6:

Relamp/improve exterior building lighting for city-owned buildings/facilities with energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant lighting.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
When fixtures are replaced they are replaced with Dark Sky compliant fixtures (this is in progress)
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Engineering Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
When fixtures are replaced they are replaced with Dark Sky compliant fixtures (this is in progress)
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Engineering Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
All red and green city traffic signals have been replaced with LED lighting. Because yellow lights are only on for a few seconds it was not cost effective to change them at this time.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Engineering Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

1 star - Action 3:

Plan for reuse of large-format retail buildings, or work with a local school, church or commercial building to either add-on space or repurpose space into new uses.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Riverland Community College is renovating a large empty shop area into a large Austin Area Childcare Learning Center; something the City has needed for some time. At this time we are at the site drawings, scheduled for opening in 2013.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Riverland Community College
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Land Use Land Use

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

2 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:
An updated comprehensive plan will be adopted in November of 2016. The updated comp plan includes sustainability and resilience planning.

Brian Ross, consultant, held a public workshop on Land Use Sustainability and Resilience in Austin on April 14th, 2016 with several members of the Sustainability Task Force and Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee in attendance.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
City has both, reviewed in an updated development process zoning ordinance with is enforced with conjunction to Comprehensive Plan
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Transportation, watershed impacts, land use, economic development, housing and foreclosures, health, and sewer and water are all in current plan, public hearings with both Planning Commission & City Council are conducted
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 4:

Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Minimize fragmentation: This is in our Land Use Plan, enforced with Community Development, ºfutureº adopted new development in current Comp. Plan arrowing requests.

Adjacent to undeveloped land: Currently addressed in our Comp. Plan future land use map with development sites designated & orderly annexations in place
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Pending - Action 5:

Adopt climate mitigation and/or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and include transportation recommendations such as becoming an EV-ready city.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Have adopted MN State Energy Code, this code is a section of the MN State Building Code & is adopted by City Council
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium; Building Codes Division
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Lot size: Adoption of Zoning ordinance, minimum 40' lot frontages for existing parcels, 60' for others

Compact city expansion: Adoption of Plan, in Future Land Use map
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
B-3 district, 100% lot coverage allowed through zoning ordinance in this district

Permitted in CBD
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Community block grants and TIF or revolving fund loans
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium; HRA
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

1 star - Action 1:

Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Implimented in 2004, developed design standards for program- Austin Main Street Program.
Working now in Vision 2020 to make Main Street a destinatnion place (have businesses and residential rental space on second floor).
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium; DCA
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Robinson building, negotiated lease spaces for three new businesses (not government operations but own the space), NE Industrial Park, AMCAT transit
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium; DCA; AMCAT
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development or to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Currently have adopted PUD ordinance which provides this.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Currently permitted in zoning ordinance
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Pending - 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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Student housing adjacent to Riverland Community College
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Clustering hwy: Cook Farm

Context-sensitive: 18th Ave NW
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Pending - Action 4:

Allow auto-oriented commercial districts at the sub-urban edge and/or in tightly defined and smaller urban development corridors/nodes that have some bike/walk/transit access.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Hwy commercial district: NW retial development

Adequate public facilities: Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use map
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Completed and passed by City Council at 6/4/12 meeting
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Engineering and Public Works Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Completed tree inventory and planned documentation of future installation of trees. Installation of trees is part of Complete Streets policy
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Park & Rec, Engineering Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 5:

Identify and remedy street-trail gaps between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails to better facilitate walking and biking.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Bike lanes have been painted, and we have also added more bike racks. City of Austin Trails Map and Safe Routes to Schools are posted online on City and Vision 2020 websites for all 4 Elementary Schools , 5th & 6th grade Intermediate School and Middle School – 7th & 8th grade. Earlier this month City Council approved new “Red Bike” program it will be free use of 60 single speed red bikes. The project is being funded by SHIP (State Health Improvement Program) grant, Vision 2020 and the City. Rydjor Bike Shop is rehabbing bikes, Riverland Community College Auto Repair/Maintenance program is painting bikes bright red. Committee is encouraging donation of bikes and donations. Program will go into effect Spring 2016.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Rydjor Bike Shop and Riverland Community College
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
a) AMCAT has printed brochures and maps, has a website, and has added two new shelters. Used Ship Grant to purchase trail signage for the city of Austin trail system, signage for JC Hormel Nature Center & Shooting Star Trail.
b) Used Ship Grant to add 39 bike racks with in the city of Austin. A total of 77 new racks county wide.
c) AMCAT added two new shelters.
e) Used Ship Grant to promote and market a get fit be fit campaign. Purchased free swim times for the Austin pool & skate time for the Austin arena. Purchased 40 pairs of snow shoes for shooting star trail, 30 pairs of skates for Packer Arena, 25 sets of snowshoes and 6 sets of skis for the JC Hormel Nature Center. Helped fund start up cost for summer outdoor program for children in concert with Park & Rec. Paid to train the trainer for the Silver Sneaker Program at the senior center encouraging the elderly to exercise. Sponsored Active Living Conference with Nationally known speaker Mark Fenton. City officials did a walking audit around downtown Austin learning ways to make the city more pedestrian friendly.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
AMCAT, City
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City is partnering with Vision 2020 Bike/Walk Committee and MnDOT to develop safe routes to school plan. We have received a grant and a consultant is being hired to evaluate the routes to the elementary schools, along with I.J. Holton School and Woodson Kindergarten Center.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
AMCAT has their own website and is listed on the City website and Facebook page.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
AMCAT, IT Dept.
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 4:

Promote carpooling or ridesharing among community members, city employees, businesses, high schools and institutions of higher education.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
AMCAT works with Mayo Health Systems- Austin to drop off/pick up elderly and disabled in effort to cut down on parking overload
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
AMCAT/Mayo Health Systems- Austin
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
2012: AMCAT red route has expanded by two hours on Saturdays only.
2016: Volunteers refurbished 30 donated bikes, painting them bright red before placing them in matching bike racks for riders to borrow during the 2016 season with the instructions to "Ride. Respect. Return.” This bicycle-sharing program is simple: no credit cards required, no identification needed, no locks. Austin decided to try an open bike sharing program after reading about the one in Willmar. Volunteers take donated bikes and convert unclaimed bikes from their police impound lots into shareable bikes. Volunteers in Austin fix the bikes under the supervision of Rydjor Bike Shop, which also donates space to do the work. There, volunteers convert any donated bike into single speed to keep them simple and easy to maintain and repair. An auto body repair class at Riverland Community College painted the frames. A state grant helped cover the cost of bike racks; bikes are stored for the winter in a city building.
Outcome measures/metrics:
30 sharable bikes.
Descriptive File:
AMCAT; Riverland Community College; Rydjor Bike Shop
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Evaluating equipment size and efficiency is a standard process for the City when making vehicle and equipment purchases. Most recently in the spring of 2013, the City purchased a loader mounted, self-propelled snow blower, which had an improved coupling system over the replacement blower. This allowed the City to downsize the loader which carries the blower from a 197 hp 950 loader to a 173 hp 938 loader. This provided a cost savings in the purchase price as well as efficiencies related to horsepower and fuel economy.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Engineering and Public Works Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Each department monitors and tracks the number of gallons of fuel used and is reported to finance dept. Street dept. plows and dump trucks are set up to automatically turn off after 10-12 min of idling. Oil changes are set at 5,000-7,000 and 3,000-4,000 miles for diesel engines in Park & Rec dept. Tire pressure, change filters, & other maintenance to be monitored on weekly basis by primary operators. Currently purchasing Tier 4 Diesel vehicles- more fuel efficient
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Finance, Engineering, Central Garage/Park & Rec
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 4:

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Parking enforcement officer walks while on duty
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Police Department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 5:

Document that the local school bus fleet has optimized routes, start times, boundaries, vehicle efficiency and fuels, driver actions to cut costs including idling reduction, and shifting students from the bus to walking, biking and city transit.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Palmer uses least amount of buses as possible, also working with Project Green Fleet
Outcome measures/metrics:
This is in progress at the time of this post.
Descriptive File:
Palmer Bus Service, Project Green Fleet
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 6:

Retrofit city diesel engines or install auxiliary power units and/or electrified parking spaces, utilizing Project GreenFleet or the like.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Palmer Bus Service retrofitted about 20 buses, contacted City, Utilities, and County to get vehicle inventory
Outcome measures/metrics:
This is in progress at the time of this post.
Descriptive File:
Palmer Bus Service, Mower County, Austin Utilities, Project Green Fleet
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The HRA buys energy star appliances, its a HUD requirement. The city needs to adopt a policy to purchase energy star appliances at all other operations. The County currently buys in large quantities for the best price and distributes out paper to different depts.

City Resolution
RESOLUTION NO. 14985
ADOPTING AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
PURCHASING POLICY
WHEREAS, the City of Austin is a leader on common-sense actions that benefit both the
environment and the consumer; and
WHEREAS, EnergyStar certified equipment is more energy efficient, and very often
more economically feasible over the life of the product; and
WHEREAS, enacting this resolution will allow the City of Austin to complete Best
Practice #15 under the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Austin,
by a majority vote, does hereby direct that the City purchase printer paper containing at least
30% post-consumer recycled content and EnergyStar certified equipment when available and
economically feasible.
Passed by a vote of 7 Yeas and 0 Nays this 18th day of May, 2015.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Housing and Redevelopment Authority
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City purchases electrical power from Austin Utilities which gets it's power from SMMPA. 14.3% of SMMPA's power comes from the renewable energy sources whcih is less than the requirement, working to get it to 15%
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City staff, Austin Utilities
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
City has hosted for the past 3 years an annual event called Re-Fest. A regional event hosted by Austin, Owatonna & Rochestor Public Utilities.  The Nature Center & Renewable Energy Programs at Riverland Community College.  Educational programs emphasizing energy conservation rebates, renewable energy, recycling, Green Step Cities are but a few of the educational programs offered. Free compact flourescent light bulbls are handed out, a green sound stage that uses solar power to power the sound system for entertainment is there. In 2011 six semi-loads of electronics were recycled at this event.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Nature Center, Riverland Community College
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin has been a Tree City USA for 32 years!! We just applied for the 33rd year.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Austin Park & Rec department
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
§ 11.71 Tree Preservation
§ 7.06 Regulation of Grass, Weeds, and Trees in Streets - Subd 3. Duty of Property Owners to cut grass and weeds and maintain trees and shrubs: If the grass or weeds in a place attain a height in excess of six inches, it shall be prima facie evidence of a failure to comply with this subdivision. Every owner of property abutting on any street shall, subject to the provisions herein requiring a permit therefor, trim, cut, remove and otherwise maintain all trees and shrubs in unhazardous and healthy condition, from the line of the property nearest to the street to the center thereof.
§ 10.13 GRASS AND WEEDS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY - It is unlawful for any owner, occupant or agent of any lot or parcel of land in the city to allow any weeds or grass growing upon any such lot or parcel of land to grow to a greater height than six inches or to allow such weeds or grass to go to seed.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City, Nature Center
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin has a stormwater utility that collects fees and funds stormwater infrastructure and education programs
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Public Works
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Rain Gardens have been constructed at the Hormel Nature Center, Mower County Jail and Justice Center, and at the Mill Pond
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City, Nature Center, County
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Not rated - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The County has an ordinance that addresses this. The Cedar River Watershed District (CRWD) has a sediment and runoff policy that is enforced.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
County, CRWD
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 7:

Document that the operation and maintenance, or construction / remodeling, of at least one park building used an asset management tool, the SB 2030 energy standard, or a green building framework.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The Hormel Nature Center Visitor Center and Ruby Rupner Auditorium use solar power and natural lighting
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Nature Center
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 8:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City involves community members in land restoration and stewardship activities through the Austin Coalition for Environmental Sustainablity and the Austin Izaak Walton League.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
ACES
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 3:

Adopt and report on measurable, publicly announced surface water improvement targets for water bodies, including the percent of lake, river, wetland and ditch shoreline with at least a 50-foot vegetation buffer.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Austin works closely with the Cedar River Watershed District and local conservation groups in promoting and facilitating citizen education and shoreland and water quality management.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City, CRWD
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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:
Section 11.66 Shoreland Overlay District.The uncontrolled use of shorelands of the city affects the public health, safety and general welfare not only by contributing to the pollution of public waters, but also by impairing the local tax base. Therefore, it is in the best interests of the public health, safety and welfare to provide for the wise subdivision, use and development of shorelands of public waters. The Legislature of Minnesota has delegated responsibility to local governments of the state to regulate the subdivision, use and development of shorelands of public waters and thus preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, conserve the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands and provide for the wise use of waters and related land resources. This responsibility is hereby recognized by the city.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The WWTP has an active program of planning and replacing motors and equipment with the most energy efficient, appropriate equipment available. Energy efficiency is considered for all pruchases of replacement equipment
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
WWTP
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City has a policy of not allowing connection of foundation drains and sump pumps to the residential wastewater system. The City conducts regular reviews of inflow and infiltration.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
3 star - Action 6:

Implement a wastewater plant efficiency project (co-generation, water reuse) or a program for local private business operations (water conservation, water reuse, business co-location).

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
WWTP has been using biogas from the industrial digeters to recover heat for heating of return sludge for many years.
Hormel Foods Corporate Office is using greywater in restrooms in the office expansion that was completed in February. -Methane gas is generated through the digesters and then is captured and is used as the fuel source for the boilers. The boilers heat the waste flow to optimize the biological process. The City operates two treatment plants and this process is used for both. At certain times the organic loading is not sufficient to produce enough biogas for the operation of the domestic plant and if possible we will divert flow from the industrial plant to try and supplement the loading thus increasing our gas production. This process provides for significant reductions in our needs for natural gas.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
WWTP, Hormel Foods
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

2 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin cooperates with Mower County's Imminent Public Health Threat Inventory, which is a countywide program identifying systems that are directly discharging into water resources. These systems are required to be upgraded within 10 months of written notice. In addition, any time a failing systems is found or reported it is investigated and required to be updated if non-compliant.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City, County
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 2:

Use a community process to address failing septic systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
This is completed by the city of Austin's involvement with a Community Wastewater facilitator within the SE MN Wastewater Initiative.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City and Mower County rely on local licensed contractors for design, installation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems. Mower County reviews the designs to make sure they are in compliance with MPCA and County standards. Mower County keeps records of systems that require maintenance and keeps records of those systems; sometimes requiring annual reporting. Mower County also keeps a data base of systems that are in compliance or have received notice of non-compliance or have been abandoned. Mower County's ordinance requires a systematic review of systems when: 1) a bedroom is being added to a home, 2)anytime a permit is requested on a property located within a Shoreland area; 3) any time the property does not meet the minimum lot sizerequirement of the district; 4) any time a complaint is received that is found to be valid of a non-compliant system.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Pending - Action 4:

Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Mower County has a current SSTS ordinance and is ºinprocessº of writing and reviewing a new ordinance based on the Assn ofMN Counties model ordinance. This ordinance will be adopted on orbefore Feb 4, 2014, as required by the legislature.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 5:

Create a program to finance septic system upgrades.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Mower County has a low interest loan (3%) availablefor failing system replacement/upgrades. This program is repayablethrough property owner's tax assessment.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 6:

Work with homeowners and businesses in environmentally sensitive areas and areas where standard septic systems are not the least-cost option to promote innovative waste water systems, including central sewer extensions.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
In areas that are found to have a majority of failing systems (as opposed to sporadic or low density areas) Mower County works with Sheila Craig, a Community Wastewater Facilitator to work with landowners to develop a plan, find funding, and look at cost-based options.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Super Fresh and Hormel Corporation have them
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Super Fresh, Hormel Foods
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 7:

Improve/organize residential trash, recycling and organics collection by private and/or public operations and offer significant volume-based pricing on residential garbage and/or incentives for recycling.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
City requires waste haulers to offer volum based rates that are significant enough to increase recycling without leading to illegal dumping
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 star - Action 5:

Install, assist with and promote one or more public fueling stations for plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles, flex-fuel ethanol vehicles, CNG vehicles.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The station is a dual charging station, meaning two vehicles can charge at one time. The electric usage from the charging station will be offset with energy generated by the 1.65 kW solar array. Since it’s activation in January, the station has been used 48 times and discharged 175 kWh of charge. The solar panels have produced 1207 kWh.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Riverland Community College; Hormel Foundation; CERTs; Southern MN Electric; Werner Electric Supply
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Organization of board and committees completed, completing inventory and moving forward with implementation of best practices.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
STF, City Staff
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The 2014 Downtown Plan contains a sustainability section with an inventory of GreenStep Cities best practices and actions Austin has taken related to the downtown district. The Downtown Plan is available on the City's website.

The Parks and Recreation Department produces an annual report. The report contains improvements to city parks, Tree City USA status, and other GreenStep Cities related actions.

A link to Vision 2020 is on Austin's home page. Vision 2020 is a community effort to improve the quality of life in Austin through forward thinking, community based and led projects. These "visions" include expanding trails systems, community wide technology, year- round recreation center, clean waterways, business friendly environment, education leader, physical beautification, vibrant downtown, tourism, and Main Street renovation.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
STF, City staff
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Pending - Action 3:

Measure and report progress on sustainability indicators including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
City staff and public volunteers are currently engaged, presenting at City Council work session on how far the STF has come in progress
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
STF, City staff
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Contractor Education Program- Riverland Community College and Austin High School has established a Sustainability Committee with diverse membership with goals and priorities established.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Riverland Community College, Austin High School
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

3 star - Action 1:

Grow new/emerging green businesses and green jobs through targeted assistance and new workforce development.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City has provided a location for the La Surena Cooperative, an LEDC sponsored project. La Surena assists immgrows organic produce, which is sold both locally and in the Twin Cities. LEDC has become active with Vision 2020 and the City of Austin. As part of building these connections, LEDC has opened a regional office in Austin, the first such office in Greater Minnesota and is also developing a local advisory committee. Austin was initially approached by LEDC to assist in the effort to find a location. The coop members live in Austin and it is convenient to be located close to the produce to minimize transportation issues. This is an area of interest to the community and seems to fit well in Austin with our Grow Mower campaign. We hope to expand on this work.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
La Surena
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
3 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin Chamber of Commerce “Buy Mower Grow Mower” shop local campaign was established in 2008 and local retail sales have improved. According the Chamber website – retail sales tax collections are double initial projections. However, overall sales continue to lag behind statewide averages. The Chamber Board feels that the Buy Mower (County) is important and should be continued and enhanced. Some of current actions are: Selling Chamber Bucks to be redeemed at local businesses. A Chamber Buck redemption fee of 1.5% was initiated in 2013 with all proceeds going to Buy Mower marketing. Businesses are encourage to purchase Chamber Buck for employee rewards. A Task Force reviews and updates the Buy Mower message and determines how to spend marketing fund. Right now there is an active TV campaign promoting doing business with local businesses.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Chamber Board, Mower County
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City adopted a wind energy ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City- Craig Hoium
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
3 star - Action 6:

Report installed private sector-owned renewable energy/energy efficient generation capacity with at least one of the following attributes:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Wind farms
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City, County, Austin Utiliites
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Local Food {BP no.27}

1 star - Action 2:

Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Well established program called Community Gardens through Park & Rec, located next to Woodson Kindergarten Center, by residential neighborhoods. Space is 15'x20' plots at $20 each for the season, comes with irrigation
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Park & Rec
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
a)Have Farmer's Market Monday's at Oak Park Mall parking lot 3:30-6pm, Thursday's downtown Main Street from 3:30-6pm, Saturday's Oak Park mall parking lot 9:30-11am (mid May- end of Oct)
c)Hy-Vee Sprouts- Get Out & Grow Garden & Cooking Program teaches kids about growning a garden and how to be healthy each week
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Farmer's Market, Hy-Vee
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 4:

Measurably increase institutional buying, and sales through groceries and restaurants.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
c)Honey Tree Farm sweet corn/local grown sweet corn sold at Hy-Vee and SuperFresh (local own store with many more organic foods such as honey, bread, etc.)

*KAAL TV/ABC 6 News Good Morning has weekly Fresh & Simple segment with Hy-Vee Dietician Jen Haugen
*Jen Haugen also has weekly column in Austin Daily Herald
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Hy-Vee, SuperFresh
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts {BP no.28}

Pending - Action 3:

Require, build or facilitate at least four attributes in a business/industrial park project:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
e) Riverland Community College is in walking distance to residential zoning and has public transit stops
f) All renovations achieve B3 status at Riverland Community College
g) Redesigned Ag Diesel Shop into a Area Childcare Learning Center

*needs one more element
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Riverland Community College
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City coordinates with Mower County for emergency and disaster management planning and siren testing. Steve Lang, City Engineer does emergency preparedness drills with staff to make sure crews are ready for efficient implementation of procedures, including flood mitigation procedures.

Sustainability and resilience planning is included in the updated Comprehensive Plan which will be adopted in November of 2016.

Brian Ross, consultant, held a public workshop on Land Use Sustainability and Resilience in Austin on April 14, 2016 with several members of the Sustainability Task Force and Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee in attendance.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Great Plains Institute
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
2 star - Action 2:

Integrate climate resilience into city or tribal planning, policy, operations, and budgeting processes.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
See attached assessment
Outcome measures/metrics:
See attached assessment
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
1 star - Action 3:

Increase social connectedness through engagement, capacity building, public investment, and opportunities for economically vulnerable residents to improve their economic prosperity.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Austin implemented a targeted outreach effort to its most vulnerable residents (primarily immigrant populations), supported in part with a Best Practice 29 Event Sponsorship. Surveys (click on "view file" below to see the survey questions) were administered individually as African, Asian, and Latino clients came to the Welcome Center through late May and mid-June. These were people who typically did not speak English well, if at all. The surveys were read in the client’s language. Some guidance with regard to meaning was provided, but it was suggested that they answer questions to the best of their ability and understanding. A focus group addressing issues of living in the City, availability and quality of City services, extreme weather preparedness, and information sources was held June 30, 2016. Five Karen women volunteered for the focus group out of the groups surveyed, and all of the women participated in the conversation. Five Karen families were represented by one family member.
Outcome measures/metrics:
There were 54 surveys completed. A major outcome of the focus group was identifying the conflict between participants and their landlords. The interpreter expressed that she had heard similar feedback from other families. The participants related climate change more to seasonal change and how changes in temperature impact their budgets and choices, if any, with regard to housing. The City handed out SMART schedules to identify transit routes that will work for them. An idea for SMART to give a presentation to non-English speakers about how to utilize the system was well received. Information was provided to the interpreter on energy efficiency rebate programs. The fire and police departments were asked to provide the Welcome Center with materials on emergency and weather-related concerns. The Planning and Zoning Administrator will follow up on the housing issues discussed. The City will provide information from the survey and focus group to the City’s consultants to help achieve better communication and participation, improve the delivery of services and create more resiliency by creating better access and a working relationship to address problems when they arise.
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