City Detail

Background Information

City of Brooklyn Center
County: Hennepin
Population: 30104
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 75
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Andrew Hogg
City Staff
763-569-3327
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 2 ( )

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: 25
1 star actions: 8
2 star actions: 12
3 star actions: 2

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The Cities B3 page has been update to include the last 5 years for gas and electricity. The City will continually update site.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Great Plains Institute
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Three City park's have had LED installed in the parking lot lights.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
3 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
All the City owned Streetlights have been replaced with LED's
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Land Use Land Use

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

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center adopted its' current Comprehensive Plan in Feb 2010.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The Brooklyn Center Zoning Ordinance includes a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial districts and a variety of flexible planned unit districts.

The City has found that effective maintenance of the comprehensive plan and land use classifications is enhanced through uniform and equitable evaluation of periodic changes to the city’s Zoning Ordinance. Therefore, it is the policy of the City that:

a) zoning classifications must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and
b) rezoning proposals shall not constitute "spot zoning", defined as a zoning decision which discriminates in favor of a particular landowner, and does not relate to the Comprehensive Plan or to accepted planning principles.

Zoning map changes will be considered only when land use changes consistent with the Comprehensive Plan are proposed. Should the city discover or realize locations where the zoning map is inconsistent with the current 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan map, either when the plan is adopted or in the future, the city’s zoning map will be amended to be consistent with the intentions of the land use plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Brooklyn Center City Hall/Community Center is located adjacent to the Shingle Creek regional bike trail and both City Hall and the Community Center have several bike racks. The building are easy accessible from Metro Transit service. The Hennepin County Brookdale Service Center shares the same traits.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
Pending - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City ordinance allows mixed uses.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Park has adopted a Complete Streets policy
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
3 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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City is partnering with Three Rivers Park District to design (2015) and construct (2016)a Three Rivers trail connection on 57th Ave which will connect the Shingle Creek trail with the City of Minneapolis park/trail along the Mississippi River
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Three Rivers Park District
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
1 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Improvements to 63rd Ave N in 2015 will move curb lines inward reducing street width. In addition, there will be installation of several bump outs and medians to reduce travel speed in the corridor. The bump-outs at pedestrian crossing will shorten pedestrian crossing times.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
In 2012 the City of Brooklyn Center add 52 bike racks to city building, parks and Metro Transit locations

The City has trail information posted on its webpage.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
In 2013, the City of Brooklyn Center completed a Safe Routes to School study with 9 schools within Brooklyn Center.
In 2015 in conjunction with Hennepin County on a SHIP grant the City will conduct a demonstration project allowing residents to comment on the 57th bike trail improvements
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City web site has a link to Metro Transit. The link can be accessed under Local Facilities on the City's home page.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
In 2015 the City of Brooklyn Center purchased 4 bikes and will begin to patrol parts of the City on bike including trails, parks, and commercial districts.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
All new mobile engines and generators are replaced with Tier 4 Diesel engines
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Demand-Side Travel Planning {BP no.14}

2 star - Action 4:

Incorporate into development regulations a travel demand management plan or transit-oriented development standards or LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City has a Travel Demand Policy for redevelopment. A two tier system; a required TCM plan for employers with 200 stalls or more, and a good faith component for all others
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Brooklyn Center has been certified as a Tree City USA for 22 years.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center has a Certified Forester and an ISA Certified Arborist. The City also provides information in regards to tree questions to residents upon request.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Section 4-400 of the City Code creates the Storm Water Utility Fee, which are variable based land uses.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
Not rated - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City has adopted the Rules of the Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission. The rules apply to sites at one-half acre and greater. Rule E covers Erosion Control and is as strict as MPCA guidelines
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City has at least 7 acres of parks for 1000 residents
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 star - Action 8:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
the City of Brooklyn Center organizes the yearly Great Shingle Creek Clean Up. For the past 13 years, the city had organized and run the Clean Up, resulting in multiple bags of trash being removed from Shingle Creek each year.

The City also has Adopt a Park program, Adopt a Garden, and Adopt a Bus Shelter programs
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center uses the Shingle Creek & West Mississippi Watershed Management Commmision rules. Rule I lays out the rules and requirement for buffer strips.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Shingle Creek & West Mississippi Watershed Management Commmision
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 star - Action 6:

Implement an existing TMDL implementation plan.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center has worked with the Shingle Creek & West Mississippi Watershed Management Commision TAC and neighboring communities on the Shingle Creek Chloride TMDL. Improved practices for applying road salt have been made and the TAC just completed a 5-five year review of practices. The City has also worked with the watershed and Twin Lake and Ryan Lake TMDL and a 5-year review has been conducted as well.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Shingle Creek & West Mississippi Watershed Management Commision TAC
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

Pending - 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:
Year action initially completed: 1987
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center Park and Recreation Commission leads and engaging in issues within the community on conservation and sustainability. Originally the Brooklyn Center Conservation Commission, created in 1969 focused on these issues within the community. Then in 1987, these duties where redefined and the responsibilities where handed off the the Brooklyn Center Park and Recreation Commission. (the attached resolution highlight these duties of the Park and Recreation Commission)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327