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: 3
1 star actions: 2

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

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
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.
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