City Detail

Background Information

City of Chisholm
County: St. Louis
Population: 5023
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 36
Participating township, county, school: City of Chisholm, School District 695

GreenStep Coordinator

Mandi Galli
City Staff
218-254-7906
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: 3
1 star actions: 1
2 star actions: 2

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 Chisholm adopted a Comprehensive Plan on July 24th 2012. The plan overviews Chisholm's development goals and principals that are essential to successful implementation.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Steven Erickson (City staff) | serickson@ci.chisholm.mn.us | 218-254-7906

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 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:
Stated in Ch54: Stormwater Utility, actions have been taken to reduce the volume of and pollutants in rainwater runoff. Thus improving the quality of water runoff to lakes which helps recharge aquifers, control lake levels and decrease erosion and sediment to lake.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Steven Erickson (City staff) | serickson@ci.chisholm.mn.us | 218-254-7906

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 star - Action 2:

Regulate outdoor wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Regulation of outdoor wood stoves and furnaces by only permitting untreated fuel and wood to be burned. While all stoves must be EPA approved and follow property line and structure setbacks. The new ordinance states that no outdoor stoves may be used between April 15th and September 15th of each year. If the wood stove ordinance is violated, the person committing the violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Steven Erickson (City staff) | serickson@ci.chisholm.mn.us | 218-254-7906