City Detail

Background Information

City of East Grand Forks
County: Polk
Population: 8,631
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 100
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Kevin Hatcher
City Staff
218-773-1163
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: 10
1 star actions: 5
2 star actions: 3
3 star actions: 1

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 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: 2020
Implementation details:
Building information has been entered into the B3 Benchmarking database, but updates will be needed. We will need to contact each building location to record natural gas usage.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163
Not rated - 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:
The Water and Light Distribution Service Center anticipates installing LED lighting throughout the entire facility budgeted for 2021
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163

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: 2010
Implementation details:
East Grand Forks Water and Light Department provides an energy audit program where the utility will pay for 50% of the energy audit services cost for the residents requesting an audit. These services are regularly promoted through the local radio, newspaper, and our website.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 3:

Replace the city's existing street lighting with Dark Sky-compliant LEDs, modifying any city franchise/utility agreement and adding smart grid attributes.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
Effective 2021, East Grand Forks Water and Light Department converted all of its residential, commercial, and industrial streetlights into LEDs. This was a capital project that started in 2015
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163

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: 2016
Implementation details:
The City of East Grand Forks established their comprehensive land use plan in March 2016. This plan was formed through project steering committee which consists of city leaders within each department, Polk county, ND Federal Highway Administration, ND Dept of Transportation, MN Dept of Transportation, and the EGF School District. The 2045 Land Use Plan is currently in the process of being updated and will continue to be updated every 5 years.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

1 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: 2001
Implementation details:
East Grand Forks collaborates and Grand Forks on displaying and promoting the local bike trails and transit use. Maps are provided at GF/EGF city halls, the main bus station, and at websites provided with this action report.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163
1 star - Action 5:

Implement workplace multi-modal transportation best management practices - including telework/flexwork - in city government, businesses or at a local health care provider.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
As of 2020, the East Grand Forks Water and Light Department established a telework agreement for employees
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 star - Action 5:

Install, assist with and promote publicly available EV charging stations or public fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles. 

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
East Grand Forks Water and Light and Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) are working together to install two electric vehicle charging stations within the city of East Grand Forks. One charging station with be installed within a city owned parking lot by the city's popular movie theater and restaurants. The second charging station will be located at a Fairfield Inn by Highway 2. These level 2 charging stations will be available for use in November 2021.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
East Grand Forks Water & Light Department shares commercial energy rebate programs on their website and regularly promotes them.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
East Grand Forks Water & Light Department
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

2 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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
East Grand Forks South Point Elementary School was awarded the Hometown Solar Grant Award from Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) in 2017. This grant provided an installation of a 5 kW solar panel at their facility. The purpose of the grant is to educate the community and students on how sunlight can be converted into electricity.

East Grand Forks Water and Light Department collaborated with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency on becoming a city member to install a local 160 kW wind turbine in 2010. The wind turbine has been recently updated and maintained to continue operating efficiently as of 2020.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and East Grand Forks South Point Elementary
For more information contact:
Kevin Hatcher (City Staff) | khatcher@egf.mn | 218-773-1163