City Detail

Background Information

City of Crystal
County: Hennepin
Population: 22168
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 96
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Anne Norris
City Staff
763-531-1140
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: 64
1 star actions: 45
2 star actions: 12
3 star actions: 4

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:
Implementation details:
Engineering staff enters energy use for city buildings into the Minnesota B3 database.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Implementation details:
As systems need replacing or maintenance, they are replaced with energy conserving options.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 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:
Where appropriate, lights are on timers (hallways, restrooms, etc.) As HVAC equipment wears out and is replaced, it is replaced with Energy Star/energy efficient models.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 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:
Crystal is constructing a new Public Works facility and the building is being constructed under a green building framework, following LEED standards. The new facility includes Energy Star and energy efficient appliances and systems as well as geothermal heating.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
the recently completed Public Works facility utilizes a geothermal system.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

1 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:
Xcel Energy information is available to residents at City Hall and on the city's website. Water conservation tips are listed on the City's website, under the Environmental Quality Commission.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
2 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:
Crystal, as a member of the Joint Water Commission, purchases water from Minneapolis. In 2018 the city did a utility rate study and changed the basis for billing to a consumption basis, in part, to encourage wise use of water.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

1 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:
There are solar-powered speed limit signs on 36th and 47th Avenues. These signs were installed based on complaints by residents concerned about speeding traffic.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Slowing traffic on residential streets.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
3 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Current traffic signals have all been converted to LED lights.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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:
Implementation details:
Reuse of a retail building - ISD 281 Adult Education entered into a long term lease for 40,000+ square feet of retail at the Crystal Shopping Center for its adult education and ECFE programs. The City approved the conditional use permit earlier this year and the ribbon-cutting was on September 1 in time for classes to start September 6.

A charter school, Beacon Academy, received a conditional use permit to utilize a church (Cornerstone Church, 3420 Nevada) for a K-8 school. Their reuse also includes the addition of 10,000 square feet for additional classroom space. The groundbreaking was September 7 and the school anticipates moving in for the 2017-18 academic year.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 star - Action 4:

Create/modify a green residential remodeling assistance/financing program to assist homeowners in adding space or features such as EV charging, renewables to their existing homes.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City has a contract with the NW HousingResource Center to provide technical assistance to residents and homeowners and most residents who make improvements are eligible for a rebate. The Center encourages re-use and renovation of existing homes rather than demolition and new construction.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
NW Housing Resource Center
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Implementation details:
Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan including planned unit development provisions for mixed-use and redevelopment projects. The planned unit development provisions allow for flexible lot sizes and frontage requirements.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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:
Implementation details:
The current Crystal Comprehensive Plan was approved by the City Council in October 2011.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
The Crystal Zoning Ordinance is consistent with the October 2011 issue of the Crystal Comprehensive Plan.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
3 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:
Crystal participates in many multi-jurisdictional efforts including watersheds, purchase of water. Crystal, through the Joint Water Commission (JWC) of Crystal, New Hope and Golden Valley, purchase water from Minneapolis. This surface water supply is the source of the 3 cities' municipal water system. The JWC has conservation pricing as well as conservation education to minimize unnecessary use of water. The JWC recently installed wells for ground water in case of an emergency. These wells will be subject to a wellhead protection plan. Crystal is an active member of the Bassett Creek and Shingle Creek Watersheds for storm water management and routinely coordinates storm water capital projects for managing runoff and water quality.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
Not rated - 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:
Crystal is a fully developed community - any growth is redevelopment of obsolete, outdated or blighted property.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 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:
Implementation details:
Section 515.41 of the Zoning Ordinance provides for multi-family housing for up to 22 units per acre.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
The Zoning Code provides a density bonus for planned unit developments. Planned unit developments also allow for flexible lot sizes and frontages.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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:
Implementation details:
Robbinsdale School District recently relocated its Adult Learning Center to the western 40,000+ square feet of the Crystal Shopping Center. This is immediately adjacent to many retail shops in the shopping center, as well as the other retail and businesses in the Bass Lake Road/West Broadway commercial hub. The education building and shopping center is bordered by residential properties, both single family and multi-family. The retail area is served by public transit and sidewalks for commuters and pedestrians/bicyclists.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Implementation details:
Section 515.57 of the Crystal Zoning Ordinance allows Planned Developments for energy conservation, efficient building design and siting, and a mixture of uses.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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

1 star - Action 1:

Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Crystal is part of the Bottineau Boulevard Partnership which has established design goals for the corridor.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Hennepin County
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 star - Action 2:

Participate in regional economic development planning with representatives from surrounding townships, cities, the county and business interests to:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Crystal is working with Hennepin County on the Bottineau Boulevard (Blue Line Extenstion) LRT project.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Hennepin County
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

1 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:
In the City's Comprehensive Plan Update 2040, the plan includes the following policies regarding living streets, including landscaping and stormwater:

- take advantage of low cost opportunities to improve non-motorized transportation opportunities, including designating striped shoulders or parking lanes as bike lanes and adoption of an official sidewalk, trail and bike lane map.
- In some areas where a multi-use trail is desired, it may be more practical to utilize a combination of sidewalk and bike land
- Explore potential to create additional non-motorized transportation opportunities where remnants of pre-development landscape remain.
- Streetscape improvements should be used to enhance the visual appeal of the community. Enhanced streetscaping should be a consideration for any major new roadway construction or existing roadway reconstruction project.

Over 2017-2018, the City rewrote and updated the City Code, including updates to the storm water management and erosion control provisions, illicit discharge, etc.

In 2018, the City completed replacement of all sanitary sewer manhole lids with solid covers, one of our efforts to reduce inflow and infiltration.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Hennepin County, Three Rivers Parks
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Although the city has not yet adopted a complete/green streets policy, as streets are being reconstructed or streets are being installed in infill plats, streets are being narrowed as appropriate for anticipated traffic levels.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 star - Action 4:

Identify, prioritize and remedy complete streets gaps and lack of connectivity/safety within your road network by, for example, adding a bike route/lane, truck route, sidewalk or mid-block alley.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
As streets are being reconstructed, sidewalks are being installed on State Aid roads where they link parks, schools, retail areas and other amenities.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 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:
Crystal has implemented a street reconstruction program for all local streets. As streets are reconstructed, sidewalks are constructed to connect existing sidewalks and to create safe pedestrian access to parks, schools and other facilities.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
2 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:
Implementation details:
Made former 4-lane roads into 3-lanes, 1 in each direction with a center turn lane (Douglas Drive, Medicine Lake Road, Bass Lake Road, 36th Avenue)
Outcome measures/metrics:
Traffic slowed
Descriptive File:
Hennepin County, Cities of Brooklyn Center, Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

3 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:
Bike racks are required in redevelopment projects
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Implementation details:
Crystal participates in Active Living Hennepin County
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Hennepin County
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
Not rated - 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:
Crystal is served by Metro Transit and Metro Mobiity
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Metro Transit
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Demand-Side Travel Planning {BP no.14}

1 star - Action 1:

Reduce or eliminate parking minimums: add parking maximums; develop district parking.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Section 515.17 of the Zoning Ordinance requires parking areas and Section 515.17, Subd.4 allows for shared parking between uses and sites, provided certain conditions are met.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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:
Implementation details:
As HVAC equipment and appliances wear out and are replaced, they are replaced with energy efficient/Energy Star equipment and appliances. Office paper: office paper supplies shall be at a minimum, certifiably sourced as defined by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (sfiprogram.org) or Forest Stewardship Council and shall contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
1 star - Action 5:

Set minimum standards for the percentage of recycled-content material in asphalt and roadbed aggregate or other construction materials, and for compost and warm mix asphalt use.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Crystal has a comprehensive reconstruction program for all local streets and the bid specifications for reconstruction projects require the asphalts from the streets to be recycled in the reconstruction projects.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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 councilmembers have the option of paperless Council meeting agendas and most city staff receive electronic meeting agendas and meeting packets. With recent changes to HVAC valves, Conference Room thermostats now have sensors for when a room is occupied and needs heating and cooling.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Urban 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:
Implementation details:
Crystal has been a Tree City since 1992.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 star - Action 3:

Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
In the Forestry annual budget is a line item allocation for replacing boulevard trees. Boulevard trees are also replaced as part of the street reconstruction projects.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Section 640 of the City Code addresses vegetation and provides for native landscaping. Section 830 of the City Code address tree removal and replacement standards.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

3 star - Action 1:

Adopt and use Minnesota's Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS).

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Crystal is a part of the Bassett Creek Watershed District which has adopted the MIDS.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
2 star - 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:
Implementation details:
As streets are being reconstructed or new streets are being constructed in infill subdivisions, streets are being narrowed as appropriate for anticipated traffic levels. Section 800.47, Subd. 1 and 2 of the Crystal City Code have been changed so that the required width of surfaced roadway is 24 feet (for ROW greater than 50 feet) for streets less than 50 feet, the required width can be 18 feet.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Implementation details:
Section 700 of the City Code creates a stormwater utility. The Environmental Quality Commission has sponsored a public education program to educate residents on the importance of limiting what goes into storm drains (Storm Drain Baseball) as well as helpful hints on the city's website.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Boulevard rain gardens are installed, where appropriate and as requested by residnents, as part of local street reconstruction projects.
The City also has constructed several public rain gardens in parks and rights-of-way where appropriate.

All new construction is required to provide erosion control which is part of the building plan review and comment process.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Implementation details:
Section 415 of Crystal City Code requires erosion and sediment control.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

2 star - Action 1:

Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
In December 2017, the Crystal City Council approved a 20-year Parks Master Plan. The first project was improving Welcome Park by closing and removing Welcome Avenue that cut the park in half and installing a sidewalk for pedestrian use. The second project is the renovation and updating of Becker Park, including a trail/sidewalk connection to provide pedestrian access throughout the park and providing a pedestrian connection between Douglas Drive and Bass Lake Road (to be construction spring/summer 2019)
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Implementation details:
Crystal has 28 parks totally over 240 acres, easily exceeding the 7 acres/1000 residents minimum. The parks include a variety of active and passive uses for year-round use.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Crystal Recreation Department has an Adopt a Park and Adopt a Rain Garden program which requires participants to clean up parks and rain gardens at least twice annually.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 2:

Conduct or support multi-party community conversations around improving local water quality and quantity.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Crystal is a member of the Bassett Creek and Shingle Creek Water Management Organizations which both work to improve water quality in both watersheds. Crystal has coordinated several water quality improvement projects on behalf o the watersheds (639 Wetland project in Shingle Creek to reduce phosphorous run off into Twin Lake).
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
Crystal is a part of the Bassett Creek and Shingle Creek Watershed Districts/Management organizations. Both watersheds measure and publish surface water improvement targets on their websites (link to both is on the City's website).
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
2 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:
The City Council approved an overhaul and update of the city's land use regulations in 2017. The update does include a shoreland overlay district and requirements for such areas.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 star - Action 6:

Implement an existing TMDL implementation plan.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Both the Bassett Creek and Shingle Creek Watershed Management organizations, of which Crystal is a member, have TMDL plans.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Bassett Creek and Shingle Creek Watersheds
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

1 star - Action 1:

Compare the energy use and financial performance of your facilities with other peer plants using standardized, free tools.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The Engineering Department does compare energy use of Crystal facilities with peer facilities on an on-going basis. Crystal volunteered to be one of the guinea pigs for automatic reporting of city buildings.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
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Implementation details:
As equipment is upgraded, it is replaced with more energy efficient equipment.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
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Implementation details:
Decreasing inflow and infiltration are part of capital and maintenance plans.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
2 star - Action 7:

Create a demand-side pricing program to reduce demands on water and wastewater systems.

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Implementation details:
Crystal, as a member of the Joint Water Commission, purchases water from Minneapolis. In 2018 the city did a utility rate study and changed the basis for billing for water and sanitary sewer usage to a consumption basis, in part, to encourage wise use of water.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 4:

Publicize, promote and use the varied businesses/services collecting and marketing used, repaired and rental consumer goods, especially electronics, in the city/county.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Crystal is part of the three city Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG). The HRG does an annual collection of products not suitable for weekly garbage collection as well as an every other year curbside collection of such goods. The three HRG have curbside single sort recycling collection for all single family homes. The Environmental Quality Commission does an annual collection utilizing Tech Dump for collection and recycling of old electronic equipment.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

1 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:
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Implementation details:
Recreational fires are regulated.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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:
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Implementation details:
The Crystal Environmental Quality Commission is coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the GreenStep program.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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:
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Implementation details:
The Crystal Environmental Quality Commission will make annual reports to the City Council which will be on the city's website regarding GreenStep Cities implementation progress. There is a link to the GreenStep Cities page on the city's website.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

1 star - Action 2:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to connect businesses with assistance providers, including utilities, who provide personalized energy, waste or sustainability audits and assistance.

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Implementation details:
Xcel Energy information for commercial users in available at City Hall and on the CBA website.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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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Implementation details:
The Crystal EDA removed four 4-plexes along Bass Lake Road to construct Twin Oak Pond to treat runoff before it goes into Twin Lake.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 5:

Install a public sector/municipally-owned renewable energy technology, such as solar electric (PV), wind, biomass, solar hot water/air, or micro-hydro.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
With grants from Xcel Energy, Crystal installed solar panels on its City Hall, pool building and Community Center.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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.

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Implementation details:
Chickens are permitted in Section 910 of the City Code. Beekeeping is not prohibited.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Crystal Recreation Department has community garden plots, in partnership with Brooklyn Park. There is a waiting list for the existing community gardens and options are being considered for additional community garden plots.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
City of Brooklyn Park
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140

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:
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Implementation details:
Crystal is part of the West Metro Fire-Rescue District, which serves as our emergency preparedness coordination agency. We recently (earlier in 2016) updated our Hazard Mitigation Plan and submitted it to Hennepin County. We are part of the North Suburban Emergency Planning Group. City Manager is responsible for implementation of emergency preparedness and response planning and training, with the assistance of West Metro Fire. The City also uses our website and social media to post severe weather alerts, tips for staying safe (dressing appropriately in cold weather, hydrating and staying cool during extreme heat, etc.).

With the city's updated website, we can put banners/alerts on the website in cases of severe weather. We also post real time information about severe weather.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Minimizing injuries or loss of life or property damage.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
In the shared Emergency Operations Plan with West Metro Fire-Rescue District, Crystal has done a risk assessment of the community, determined a congregate care facility (the Crystal Community Center) and communications plan.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140