City Detail

Background Information

City of Brooklyn Park
County: Hennepin
Population: 80,610
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 140
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Tim Pratt
City Staff
763-493-8007
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 1 ( )

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: 8
1 star actions: 3
2 star actions: 3
3 star actions: 2

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

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: 2020
Implementation details:
Switched parking lot lights at City Hall and East Fire Station to LEDs
Currently remodeling City Hall and are switching office and dormer lights to LEDs
In February 2020 we replaced 64 fixtures at Operations & Maintenance Facility with LEDs
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Saving at Operations & Maintenance estimated to be $253.84 per year
Descriptive File:
Xcel, Center for Energy and Environment
For more information contact:
Britt Oliverius (City Staff) | britt.oliverius@brooklynpark.org | 7634938045

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: 2016
Implementation details:
Our Housing division offers loan for energy efficiency upgrades in homes
Our Operations & Maintenance department offers rebates for the installation of water efficient clothes washers, irrigation system controllers, toilets, and water softeners
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Number of rebates/loans issued
Water use savings
Descriptive File: view file
This rebate program is funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services using Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment funds appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature.
For more information contact:
Tim Pratt (City Staff) | tim.pratt@brooklynpark.org | 7634938120

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2006
Implementation details:
Between 2006-2010 we received rebates from Xcel Energy to change over our traffic signal bulbs from incandescent to LED. We have realized over a 50% savings in energy costs and Xcel picked up most of the cost of the LED bulbs.

In 2010 we worked with McKinstry to replace 731 high pressure sodium street lights to induction and LED lights. This changeover was done at no cost to the city, with McKinstry picking up the initial costs and then being paid via our energy savings (over 50%). We also realized a cost savings due to the 10 year replacement warranty on all bulbs. Savings were used for switching over interior lighting.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Kwh savings for interior lighting = 202,000 kwh per year
Kwh savings for exterior lighting = 340,000 kwh per year
Approximate energy savings cost per year-$50k
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy, McKinstry
For more information contact:
Steve Nauer (City Staff) | steve.nauer@brooklynpark.org | 7634938007

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: 2019
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Park adopted its 2040 Comprehensive Plan on March 30, 2020.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cindy Sherman (City Staff) | cindy.sherman@brooklynpark.org | 763-493-8051
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: 2020
Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Park is currently updating its zoning code to address any compatibility issues with the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan. Under Metropolitan Council rules, the city has nine months to update the code. The current zoning code purpose statement includes language about implementing the comprehensive plan, which will carry forward.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cindy Sherman (City Staff) | cindy.sherman@brooklynpark.org | 763-493-8051
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:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
This provision is required by Metropolitan Council policy and is included throughout the City of Brooklyn Park’s comprehensive plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cindy Sherman (City Staff) | cindy.sherman@brooklynpark.org | 763-493-8051

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Community 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:
Year action initially completed: 1992
Implementation details:
We have been a Tree City for 19 years. Last received 2019
We have also received the Tree City Growth Award for 13 years.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Greg Hoag (City Staff) | greg.hoag@brooklynpark.org | 7634938350
3 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: 2011
Implementation details:
a. We have a full-time staff forester and trained tree crews
b. We hold an annual tree sale for residents. We partner with Tree Trust to hold volunteer tree plantings in city parks.
c. Our EAB plan has been adopted by the City Council
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Tree Trust
For more information contact:
Greg Hoag (City Staff) | greg.hoag@brooklynpark.org | 7634938350