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: 53
1 star actions: 20
2 star actions: 25
3 star actions: 4

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 star - Action 1:

Enter/update building information into the MN B3 Benchmarking database, and routinely enter monthly usage data for all city-owned buildings/infrastructure that consume energy/water.

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
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Public Works office remodel included LED lighting upgrades, along with wash bay LED lighting conversion.

All sinks and faucets have been converted to touchless high efficiency and restrooms and other public spaces have occupancy sensors.
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:

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:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Facility Dude and PubWorks asset management tools and Johnson Controls remote/automated HVAC controls.
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 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:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
To encourage water conservation, the City of Brooklyn Center has received a grant from the Metropolitan Council to establish a rebate program to reduce municipal water use in both residential and commercial properties within the city. The rebate is 75% of the cost of the item, up to a maximum of $50 for WaterSense toilets, $100 for Energy Star washing machines and $200 for WaterSense irrigation controls, sprinkler heads, and/or rain sensors. Program runs thru June 2021 or until funds run out.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
1 star - Action 4:

Describe energy/water efficiency outcomes and other green building practices at businesses and not-for-profit organizations located within/nearby the city.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Medtronic re-uses/recycles cooling tower water.
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 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:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
To encourage water conservation, the City of Brooklyn Center has received a grant from the Metropolitan Council to establish a rebate program to reduce municipal water use in both residential and commercial properties within the city. The rebate is 75% of the cost of the item, up to a maximum of $50 for WaterSense toilets, $100 for Energy Star washing machines and $200 for WaterSense irrigation controls, sprinkler heads, and/or rain sensors. Program runs thru June 2021 or until funds run out.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Met Council
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: 2015
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

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 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:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Worked with Brooklyn Center Schools to expand/remodel Brooklyn Center High School and Earl Brown Elementary School. Temporary relocation of students to former big-box commercial site.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Sold city-owned parcels at a significant discount to builder/developer for infill redevelopment.
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

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Zoning code update to include higher density housing and equity scorecard.
- b.) Commercial redevelopment with 2 apartment buildings with 261 units on 4.8 acre site (54 units/acre) immediately adjacent to Metro Transit’s BCTC.
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 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
For the past couple of years the City of Brooklyn Center has be working on the Opportunity Site in Brooklyn Center. A 80 plus aces of City owner property create a new development in the heart of Brooklyn Center. The City has conducted public engagement thru the course of the project along with working with a multitude of partners to continue to refine the Master 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
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
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
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 & Complete 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, low-speed streets, 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 3:

For cities with regular transit service, require or provide incentives for the siting of higher density housing at transit/density nodes.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Provided TIF for commercial redevelopment with 2 apartment buildings with 261 units on 4.8 acre site (54 units/acre) immediately adjacent to Metro Transit’s BCTC.
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 4:

Require new developments or redevelopments to prepare 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

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
As directed by the City Manager, all Brooklyn Center departments should adhere to the City Of Brooklyn Center Sustainable Purchasing 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
2 star - Action 5:

Set minimum sustainability standards to reduce the impact of your concrete use, asphalt, roadbed aggregate, or other construction materials, and to encourage compost use.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Project specification require re-use of recycled asphalt and aggregate
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 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
In order to reduce the environment footprint of City functions, the Brooklyn Center City Council adopted an ordinance to eliminate the purchase of one time use plastic and Styrofoam straws, cups, plates and utensils with City funds for all City buildings.
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

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}

Not rated - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
The City has an illicit discharge prohibition ordinance and sediment and erosion control ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
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
1 star - Action 5:

Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
a) Native landscapes at West Palmer Park, Arboretum and Water Treatment Plant.
b)Use of compost as soil amendment.
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

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

3 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
Our Treatment Plant is on a peak shaving/cost savings program through xcel energy since it opened in 2016

In 2016 we reduced our Fluoride levels from .9 ppm -1.5ppm with a target of 1.2 to the new lower standard of .4ppm- .9ppm with a target of .7ppm.

Our treatment plant reuses the backwash water, reclaiming of 90% of the water used during backwash
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

Not rated - Action 1:

Improve city operations and procurement to prevent and reuse, recycle and compost waste from all public facilities (including libraries, parks, schools, municipal health care facilities), and minimize use of toxics and generation of hazardous waste.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
Recycling provided in all city building and in all parks.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
1 star - Action 2:

Address concerns over consumer products and packaging through encouragement/implementation of one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center partners with HRG to provide education on recycling, reuse, composting.
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 5:

Arrange for a residential and/or business/institutional source-separated organics collection/management program.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center is in the process of updating its ordinance to require waster haulers to provide organics recycling and composting services to the public.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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}

2 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:
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
2 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center Mayor and Council host a two day goal setting retreat with department heads, planning commission, and parks commission representatives.

Each year, City leaders and department heads hold 4 neighborhood meetings within City Parks to report on goals and progress taking place within the City. The meetings move around the City selecting different parks each year.

The attached document is made available to the public, reporting this goals/progress information via the 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
1 star - Action 6:

Engage community youth and college students by creating opportunities to participate in city government.

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Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
Youth in Government Day is a program designed to give youth in the community an opportunity to learn about city government, explore city buildings, interact with city staff, engage with elected officials and participate in a City Council Meeting. Youth in Government Day is also an opportunity for city staff in leadership positions and elected officials to discuss issues facing today’s youth and hear the youth voice regarding current policies and items the city is addressing. Brooklyn Center Youth in Government Day started 2015. The last few years the Youth in Government Day covered the following topics; 2019: Opportunity Site, 2018: T-21 (age to purchase tobacco) and 2017: Public Safety and Substance Abuse.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

2 star - Action 4:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Center is partnering with Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN. Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN is an organization that collects bikes, refurbishes them, and gives them away to kids who need them. Typically, we collect between 7,000 and 10,000 bikes in a year, mostly on the same day throughout the state and they all come back to the warehouse where we refurbish them with thousands of volunteers. We have an approximate scrap rate of 14%. In 2020, we collected 10,000 bikes and we expect to refurbish and distribute about 8600 between Fall 2020 and Fall 2021. The 1400 bikes that don't make it through the process are stripped for parts and the rubber and metal are recycled. The salvageable parts are used on the bikes that we can save. That is about 40,000 pounds of metal and 5,000 pounds of rubber that stays out of landfills.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN partner with organizations who identify the kids who could use bikes, and our strongest and most lasting relationships have the added element of programming for the kids who get the bikes. This is through parks and trail systems, school programs, and youth outdoor programming organizations. We believe while the bike is a necessary component to healthy behaviors, the community support and infrastructure is key to lasting opportunities, equity, and sustainability. The City of Brooklyn Center has partnered with Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN, in exchange for the use of the former Target space in the City (a City owned property) they are providing bikes to BC youth. Last year they partnered with the school district to do several bike giveaways. This year they are talking to the school district as well as recreation to find opportunities to do the giveaways. They have set aside 500 bikes for BC youth this year.


Trim Trax program/Second Harvest Heartland - Trim Trax is a program in place to reduce food scraps and trimmings. The Earle Brown Heritage Center partners with Second Harvest Heartland for which they donate large volumes of leftover food products.
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Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
1 star - Action 5:

Lower the environmental and health risk footprint of a brownfield remediation/redevelopment project beyond regulatory requirements; report brightfield projects.

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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
City worked with Joslyn on the brownfield redevelopment of a severely contaminated site (creosote). Site is now a commercial building.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

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:
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Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Chicken (Ordinance 1-130) and Bee keeping Ordinance (1-140) now permitted in city.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 star - Action 3:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
City participated with Saturday Pop-up program and the City of Brooklyn Center promote Sun Foods farmer’s market. The City provides community gardens at Centennial West park.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

2 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:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
3 Public Works managers, 2 Fire Department Officers and 2 Police Officers are now certified emergency managers.

City Hall, Public Safety, Fire Stations and Public Works all have on-site backup power generation.

The City of Brooklyn Center is part of the North Suburban Emergency Management Planning Group. The group has established a regional Emergency Operations Plan which describes strategies and mechanisms through which cities will mobilize resources and conduct activities to guide and support emergency management efforts using the National Incident Management System. This includes a crisis communication plan that identifies spokespersons and how public information would be disseminated in the event of a disaster.

Hennepin County has an All-Hazard Mitigation Plan which addresses hazards including climate-related hazards such as extreme heat, storms, flooding. The County Emergency Management staff keeps maps that show critical facilities and hazardous facilities which are used to target areas during response, including where vulnerable populations may be present. Hennepin County has a website that utilizes a survey as a proactive process for community involvement and feedback on its hazard mitigation plan in order to assess vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and identify strategies and activities to increase resilience and lessen the impact of future hazards. Brooklyn Center also has a Hazard Mitigation Plan (copy attached) and has completed nearly of the Goals and Mitigation Actions identified in the plan (EOC has upgraded technology, electric reader boards have been purchased by PD and FD, emergency notification system Code Red is being implemented and backup emergency generators are on site at West Fire, East Fire, PD, City Hall, Public Works, Water Treatment Plant and Lift Station 2 and 6, mobile backup power generation is available to all other utility facilities).

The City of Brooklyn Center works hard to serve all of its residents and businesses, and understands that there may be populations that are considered vulnerable or more susceptible to the impacts of weather and climate related events and service disruptions. These populations include elderly, children, persons with mobility or health issues, renters, immigrants, and economically disadvantaged.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
2 star - Action 3:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2018
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Directed by the Cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, BrookLynk is a youth employment program dedicated to addressing our regional talent and workforce needs through a strategy that explicitly supports and invests in young people facing barriers to employment. BrookLynk is a program developed in partnership between the schools, cities, community partners and youth. Launched in 2015 in response to findings that over 60% of youth in the Brooklyns were not participating in summer programming; and that middle and high school aged youth, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, did not have the skills or connections needed for post-secondary and career success. Also combined with a business community that was struggling to attract and retain talent, led to the development of BrookLynk, a youth employment program with three components: 21st century skill building and training, experiential employment opportunities and development of social capital.
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Brooklyn Park
For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
1 star - Action 7:

Protect water supply and wastewater treatment facilities to reduce physical damage and sustain their function during extreme weather events.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Wells, largest lift stations and Water Treatment Plant now have on-site backup power generation.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327