City Detail

Background Information

City of Eden Prairie
County: Hennepin
Population: 61151
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 263
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Beth Novak-Krebs
City Staff
952-949-8490
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 5 ( )

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: 57
1 star actions: 31
2 star actions: 18
3 star actions: 5

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 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:
The City continues to collect and add data into the B3 database for 13 City owned buildings.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
Audits have been completed on the largest City facilities. Recommissioning work has been completed on the City Center and Community Center.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
McKinstry
For more information contact:
Paul Sticha (City staff) | psticha@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8488
3 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:
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Implementation details:
The 20-40-15 initiative, first rolled out by the City of Eden Prairie in December 2006, calls for the City to improve energy efficiency in all of its facilities by 20 percent, increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 40 percent, and accomplish these goals by the year 2015.


The City is working closely with McKinstry Company, a firm touted by President Barack Obama as a “model for the nation” for its work in retrofitting schools and office buildings throughout the country to make them more energy efficient.

The City’s partnership with McKinstry Company guarantees the estimated savings from the projects it recommends will pay for the cost of implementing those projects as well as the firm’s consulting fees. If the savings fall short of the costs the City incurs, McKinstry Company will make up the difference.



The City encourages Eden Prairie residents and business owners to become more energy efficient and embrace environmental stewardship. The January 2009 issue of Life in the Prairie includes some great tips to get started, as well as other resources to help in this effort.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City is implementing the projects in phases. Some of the actions the City has taken include replacing standard stop lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lights that use 90-percent less energy. The City has also added motion sensors to control lighting in meeting rooms, adjusted the timers which control lighting and HVAC after hours, and re-lamped several light fixtures and signs to utilize energy-efficient LED bulbs. Repairs to City buildings have helped reduce the amount of heated and cooled air that escapes to the outside.

The City encourages Eden Prairie residents and business owners to become more energy efficient and embrace environmental stewardship. The January 2009 issue of Life in the Prairie includes some great tips to get started, as well as other resources to help in this effort.

Descriptive File:
McKinstry Company
For more information contact:
Paul Sticha (City staff) | psticha@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8488
2 star - Action 4:

Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads, building energy use and workflow efficiency.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Fuel Misers Committee and Challenge/Engaging employees in city efforts to reduce energy.

The 20-40-15 Initiative, first rolled out by the City of Eden Prairie in December 2006, calls for the City to improve energy efficiency in all of its facilities by 20 percent, increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 40 percent, and accomplish these goals by the year 2015.

Fuel Misers Challenge: Employees are asked the following question through the intranet--What are your ideas for how the City can find even more energy savings?

Help the City of Eden Prairie meet and maybe exceed its energy efficiency goals!

How does Fuel Misers work?

Employees use an online form to submit an idea to help the City increase the energy efficiency of its vehicles or buildings. Employees are encouraged to make energy-saving suggestions and give thoughts on how the City could implement the idea.

Scoring

All ideas are reviewed and scored by the Fuel Misers Committee bimonthly for eight months, beginning May 2013.

Committee members independently rate all submissions scoring each from 0-60 points. Based on total points, the first and second-highest scoring employee ideas will be eligible for the bimonthly prizes. Employee ideas must score at least 30 points and receive City Manager approval to be eligible for prizes.

If the same suggestion is submitted by different employees, the committee will accept the first one submitted, as shown by email time stamp.

If an employee suggestion scores at least 30 points, but does not garner a rating necessary for first or second place, it will remain in the pool for consideration for the duration of the challenge. Once an employee has earned a prize for an idea, they may continue to submit suggestions, but will not earn additional prizes.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Examples of ideas submitted by City Employees:

Suggestion: Coordinate all city mowing crews. This will allow route mapping for all mowing operations, resulting in reduced fuel usage. It will also allow reduction in equipment required.
Implementation: Map and evaluate all city areas currently mowed. Identify sites where multiple crews from different departments overlap. Use GPS/AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) to track and plan progress. System will be similar to our snow plowing.

Suggestion: Improve driving habits to increase mileage. Pick one driving habit every month for your group.

Implementation: First driving habit to work on – be aware of traffic and upcoming traffic signs and signals where you know you will be stopping. For example, the light up ahead is turning yellow and you know it will turn red before you get up there, traffic ahead is stopped and you see brake lights, etc. At that point, take your foot off the gas and coast to a stop, thus not using fuel.

Suggestion: Place encouraging "take the stairs" stickers near elevators in all City buildings (including the Community Center) to encourage stair use when feasible. Not only does it save the City energy, it promotes good health. Stickers could be positive, saying, "Save Energy! Burn Calories! Take the Stairs."

Implementation: Decals could be purchased and placed near elevator buttons or even on elevator doors.

Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
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Implementation details:
Participated in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation in 2012 and 2013.

The City also provides outreach and marketing on energy savings, water conservation, and recycling to it's residents through the City produced "Living Green" newsletter.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Challenge resulted in a pledged 24,259,411 gallons of water saved by residents of Eden Prairie in 2012 and a pledged 7,008,850 gallons of water saved in 2013.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 4:

Describe energy/water efficiency outcomes and other green building practices at businesses located within/nearby the city.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
LEED Buildings

Liberty Property Trust Developed the first speculative, office building designed to achieve LEED certification in the Twin Cities region, 7625 Smetana Lane, Eden Prairie, MN which earned Gold certification

Energy Star Buildings

There are 10 Energy Star rated privately owned buildings in Eden Prairie.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
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Implementation details:
In 2001 the City of Eden Prairie adopted a ordinance which established standards for water usage.

Lawn Watering uses a significant portion of Eden Prairie's water supply. It is very important that residents and businesses follow the City's ordinance to ensure there is enough water for all uses, including vital services such as fighting fires.

Eden Prairie also offers eUtilityBilling service to its utility customers. With eUtilityBilling, you are able to:

"Pay your utility bill 24/7
"Receive electronic billing statements
"View your billing and payment history online
"View your water consumption history online
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

1 star - Action 1:

Require energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant new or replacement outdoor lighting fixtures on city-owned/private buildings and facilities.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
As part of Eden Prairie's 20-40-15 program, most city lights have been switched to LED.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
1 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Yes. Required for new light installations.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 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:
We recently retrofitted several 250-watt high pressure sodium street lights with more energy efficient 100-watt LED street lights. The new LEDs were installed as part of a pilot project on Viking Drive between Flying Cloud Drive and Prairie Center Drive. The city contracted with Lighting House USA of Plymouth, Minnesota to manufacture the LEDs- and our own city crews installed them.

While LED street lights are not new to the market, we are one of the few cities that have installed them. Additionally, the manner in which we installed the lights is very unique. Working with our vendor we were able to reuse the existing street light housing units and just simply replace the internal system with LED panels. This reduced the amount of new material needed to retrofit the lights, resulting in a significant cost savings to the city and less material being land filled.

The total cost of the project was $3,108.00 for seven lights – much less than the cost of all new LED lights and fixtures.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
3 star - Action 6:

Relamp/improve exterior building lighting for city-owned buildings/facilities with energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant lighting.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
All City buildings have been converted to LED.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
1 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
At least one-third of the city's traffic signals have energy efficient LED lighting technology.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

3 star - Action 1:

Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has a Historic Preservation section of the city code which allows reuse of historic buildings.

The City is also a Certified Local Government (CLG) and has an active Heritage Preservation Commision.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
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Implementation details:
The City's Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009. The City included a chapter titled "Active Community Planning" which includes the following goals:

1. Air Quality
2. Water Quality
3. Pathways and accessibility
4. Open Space locations
5. Destinations and land use mix
6. Physical safety and mobility
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
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Implementation details:
There are multilple references within Chaper 11 of the Zoning Code that reference the Comprehensive Guide Plan as the foundational document for decision making starting with the following:

CHAPTER 11
LAND USE REGULATIONS (ZONING)
SECTION 11.01. OBJECTIVES.
This Chapter is adopted to protect and to promote the public health, safety, peace, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and
general welfare, and specifically to achieve the following objectives: (1) to assist in the implementation of the City
Comprehensive Guide Plan as amended; (2) to foster a harmonious, convenient workable relationship among land uses;
(3) to promote the stability of existing land uses that conform with the Guide Plan and to protect them from inharmonious
influences and harmful intrusions; (4) to insure that public and private lands ultimately are used for the purposes which
are most appropriate and most beneficial from the standpoint of the City as a whole; (5) to prevent excessive population
densities and over-crowding of the land with structures; (6) to promote a safe, effective traffic circulation system; (7) to
foster the provision of adequate off-street parking and off-street truck loading facilities; (8) to facilitate the appropriate
location of community facilities and institutions; (9) to provide human and physical resources of sufficient quantity and
quality to sustain needed public services and facilities; (10) to protect and enhance real property values; and, (11) to
safeguard and enhance the appearance of the City, including natural amenities of hills, woods, lakes, and ponds.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
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Implementation details:
The following nine issues are addressed in the City Comprehensive Plan:

a. Transportation
b. Watershed impacts
c. Land use
d. Economic Development
e. Housing and foreclosures
f. Police
g. Fire
h. Health
i. Sewer and Water
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:

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:
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Implementation details:
The following residential zoning districts are in place:

R1-9.5(9,500 square foot minimum lot size)
R1-13.5 (13,500 square foot minimum lot size)
R1-22(22,000 square foot minimum lot size)
R1-44(44,000 square foot minimum lot size)
RM-6.5 (Multi Family-6.7 Units Per Acre Max)
RM-2.5 (Multi Family-17.4 Units Per Acre Max)

Town Center Residental Use--Allows for a minimum gross density of 40 UPA for Mid Rise and 60 UPA for high-rise multi-family.

The Town Center Zoning district is to provide an area for development of an attactive, compact, walkable, mixed-use environment that creates a live/work/play environment for the community.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
3 star - Action 4:

Provide incentives for infill projects, or for life-cycle housing at or near job or retail centers, or for achieving an average net residential density of seven units per acre.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Since TIF was authorized by the State in
1979, the City of Eden Prairie has
established 21 TIF District project areas.
The funds gathered from these districts go
into the Tax Increment Development Fund,
which is part of the Capital Project Funds,
which the City has used for projects such as
transportation improvements and rent
reduction to create affordable housing units.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 5:

Modify the city zoning ordinance and zoning map to allow, without variance or rezoning in at least one district, developments that meet the prerequisites for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
In Fall of 2012 the City and Global Green USA will work together in a collaborative partnership to advance the City's sustainability goals through the delivery of technical assistance funded by a grant from the EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The area of focus is the 1/2 mile radius surrounding the proposed Golden Triangle Light Rail Station.

The specific goals of this partnership are to:

A. Use the criteria of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system as a framework for assessing the Citys assets and needs in the areas of physical infrastructure, land use plans, and other relevant policy related to Golden Triangle Light Rail Transit Station Area.

B. Develop comprehensive recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes that can help the City build a future that is more resource-efficient, livable, healthy, and environmentally responsible.

C. Engage local leaders, stakeholders, and other interested parties to create momentum for implementing the proposed recommendations in the Golden Triangle Light Rail Transit Station Area and, as applicable, more broadly in the City.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The city will track the progress of implementing recommendations made by the technical assistance team.
Descriptive File:
Global Green USA
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 1:

Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City and New American Academy as partners hosted 4-2 hour planning, design and feasibility workshops to engage community members, business owners and other stakeholders on the future Town Center light rail station area. The workshop was facilitated by Twin Cities LISC and made possible by a Corridors of Opportunity grant from the Metropolitan Council.

http://www.corridorsofopportunity.org/Corridors_News?page=8
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Twin Cities LISC; New American Academy; Metropolitan Council/Corridors of Opportunity
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

Pending - Action 1:

Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
NRI and NRA completed, have not incorporated into a subdivision or development process.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
1 star - Action 3:

For cities within metropolitan areas, incorporate woodland best management practices addressing protection of wooded areas into zoning or development review.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
A Tree Protection Ordinance exists in the city code within Chapter 11, Section 11.55. Developers must mitigate loss of trees and natural space during development. Tree impact is reviewed as part of the development review process for all projects.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 5:

Preserve environmentally sensitive, community-valued land by placing a conservation easement on city lands, and by encouraging/funding private landowners to place land in conservation easements.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
A formal program has not been adopted. Land in Eden Prairie is generally preserved in one of three ways. 1) Purchased by the city, 2) land is given in lieu of park dedication fees and 3) land is dedicated to conservation as part of the development process.

721 Conservation Easements are in place on parcels of land.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
A formal policy is adopted in the Major Center Area (MCA) of the city. The city also completed a MCA Streetscape Master Plan. Both documents address street trees and stormwater.

On 3/25/12 the Metropolitan Council approved our Livable Communities grant request for approximately $45,000 to fund the Town Center storm water analysis project.

Complete streets standards are evaluated on a project by project basis in other areas of the city.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
Eden Prairie and Hennepin County are working to develop a new Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for the city. The goal of this plan is to make walking and biking for transportation and recreation in Eden Prairie safer, more inviting, and more comfortable, convenient and fun.
Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2013, the City received funding through the Hennepin County CIP Sidewalk Participation Program which is an effort by Hennepin County to fund sidewalk improvement projects that provide pedestrian safety at intersections, provide ADA
compliant facilities, support local plans, and support the implementation of the Hennepin County
Transportation Systems Plan including the Hennepin County Complete Streets Policy. Due to
the high priority of the sidewalk improvement connecting existing sidewalks along Mitchell
Road/Baker Road. The project was successful in receiving a grant award, and it was used to help fund the Mitchell Road/Baker Road (CSAH 60) Sidewalk Improvement. This improvement was needed to complete the sidewalk system along the west side of Mitchell Road/Baker Road between Martin Drive on the south and the westerly extension of Roberts Drive on the north. As a test project the City included 2 pervious sections of sidewalk along Mitchell Road. The City will determine how to utilize these segments as testing for future sidewalk improvements.
Descriptive File:
Hennepin County
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 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:
In 2013 the Rice Marsh Lake Trail Loop was completed – a 3.4 mile multipurpose pedestrian trail loop connecting the Cities of Eden Prairie and Chanhassen, including abutting neighborhood developments and encircling Rice Marsh Lake.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
City of Chanhassen
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
1 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:
Singletree Lane was reconstructed in 2010 into a four-lane divided roadway, with left turn lanes located between Flying Cloud Drive and Eden Road. The project includes a new traffic signal at the Flying Cloud Drive intersection, as well as new pedestrian facilities and streetscape enhancements along Singletree Lane meeting the Town Center Design Guidelines.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
Implementation details:
The City of eden Prairie features an interactive map application allows users to access detailed aerial photos and map layouts to search Eden Prairie’s parks, lakes and trails.

Paper trail maps are also available at City Hall and included in new resident packets.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
Mayor’s Community Health and Wellness Committee--On September 12, 2013 an introductory and kick-off meeting was held for this new task force that is being created to find ways to improve public
health through healthy eating and active living initiatives in Eden Prairie. The task force is comprised of a crosssection
of leaders throughout Eden Prairie who are involved in healthy/active living initiatives in their businesses,service clubs, or non-profit organizations.

The Committee plans to meet monthly.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

2 star - Action 2:

Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City continues to "Right-size" the city's fleet including police, public works, building, and parks and recreation vehicles.

The City's goal, which was established in 2006, is to acheive 40% fuel effiency of the city fleet by the end of 2015.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 3:

Phase-in no-idling practices, operational and fuel changes, and equipment changes including electric vehicles, for city or local transit fleets.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City has a no idling policy and provides training to employees on best operating practices for more efficient driving.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
Through Anchor Paper the city purchases paper contianing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content. The city also has an administrative practice purchases Energy Star certified equipment.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Anchor Paper
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
The City Council, Conservation Commission, and Heritage Preservation Commission, Flying Cloud Airport Commission all receive "paperless" packets for meetings. Agendas, minutes, and associated meeting material is sent by email. City Council packets are also published online for the public to view.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
Tree City USA (29 years)
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
1 star - Action 4:

Maximize tree planting along your main downtown street or throughout the city.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City has adopted a plan to maximize plantings in the Town Center Area within the Major Center Area Street Scape Master Plan.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
SRF (consultant)
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Native plantings are permitted under Chapter 9, Section 9.71 of the City Code.

The City has an adopted tree preservation ordinance located within Chapter 11, Section 11.55 of the City Code.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has Forestry Division within the Parks and Recreation Department. The division is responsible for the following:

"Identifying and removing trees with Dutch elm disease or oak wilt.

"Sponsoring the Annual Arbor Day celebration.

"Sponsoring annual Spring Park Cleanup.

"Enforcing the City's tall grass/weed ordinance

"Enforcing state/county noxious weed requirements.

"Work with City Environmental Coordinator to monitor private native grass/flower plantings

"Investigating, overseeing and resolving city/private boundary interface conflicts.

"Forestry and natural resources related consultations.

"Managing the City's conservation areas, which includes oak savanna, remnant prairie, remnant "Big Woods" forests and the riparian zones along creek and river watersheds.

The City Parks and Recreation Department has on Staff, Jeff Cordes--Forestry Technician:

He holds the following certifications:
International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.
Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector.
EAB First Detector trained.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 star - Action 2:

Complete a stormwater management assessment and be recognized for implementing the actions therein.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Recognized with a Blue Star Award in 2012.
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
Not rated - Action 6:

Reduce de-icing salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Eden Prairie has a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that was approved by the Pollution Control Agency (PCA) in March 2003 and amended in 2006. The SWPPP provides a plan of action and a series of Best Management Practices which the City is following to assist in meeting these goals. Public education, public participation events and employee training are a large part of the City's stormwater program.

City divisions which help develop and monitor this program include Environmental Services, Utilities, Parks, Inspections, Zoning, Streets and Fleet Maintenance. Many aspects of how we provide services or maintain our facilities are covered under the SWPPP.

Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Leslie Stovring (City staff) | lstovring@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8327

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has filled in several gaps and continue to plan for future segments to be closed. Gaps in trails and sidewalks are typically closed when new or redevelopment projects are approved.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
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Implementation details:
The City of Eden Prairie has over 1,000 acres of developed parkland, including: swimming beach 5 fishing piers 9 hockey rinks/free skate areas 52 baseball/softball fields 46 soccer fields 12 sand volleyball courts 4 bocce courts 8 horseshoe pits 26 basketball courts 47 tennis courts; two have
overlaid lines for 6 pickleball courts 15 football fields 7 rental picnic areas 2 community garden sites off leash dog use areas:
1 year round and 5 seasonal lighted sledding hill disc golf course skate park over 130 miles of bituminous bike trails The passive areas of the park system include an additional 1,400
acres of property that is unmaintained or involves minimal maintenance work. The removal of diseased and hazardous trees,prescribed prairie burns, trail mowing and periodic boundary checks are the primary maintenance work that is done within these areas.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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:
Every year the Parks and Recreation Department hosts the following spring events:

Arbor Day Walk
Celebrate Eden Prairie’s designation as a “Tree City USA” while enjoying a scenic walk around Staring Lake. Held at the end of April or beginning of May each year.

Last year residents received free tree seedlings

Kids participated in the following activities: Storytelling, Land Sculptures, Living Seed Necklaces, Discovery Walk, Nature Print

And residents receive free tree care information .


Park Clean-Up Day
Typically held in April each year, Park Clean-Up Day is a great opportunity for service organizations, youth organizations and neighborhood groups to do their park in keeping Eden Prairie’ parks and trail systems clean
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 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 has an Shoreland Managment regulations located in Chapter 11, Section 11.50 of the City Code.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

1 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Minimum Water Usage Charge Eliminated – In collaboration with the Conservation Commission, the City of Eden Prairie recently adopted a resolution to eliminate the four unit minimum water usage charge for our utility customers. The four unit minimum usage charge was established a number of years ago, but has recently become a disincentive to those customers wishing to conserve as much water as possible. Most city customers never drop below four units during a billing cycle (four units is equivalent to 4,000 gallons). However, there is a small and growing portion of our customer base who are diligently managing their water use and have found ways to drop below this mark. The four unit minimum charge will be removed starting in January 2013. Those customers using less than four units during their billing cycle could see a reduction of $1.90 to $7.60 on their next water bill.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Eden Prairie hosted a Hennepin County Fix-it Clinic at the Eden Prairie Senior Center on August 10, 2013. The City promoted the event on the City Website, in the Senior Center newsletter and class program guide, and Living Green news.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Hennepin County
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
1 star - Action 5:

Arrange for a residential and/or business/institutional source-separated organics collection/management program.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
City has designated organic waste haulers.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 6:

Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Chapter 9, Section 9.01 requires that recycling services be provided in multifamily, Office, Industrial, and Commercial Zoning Districts. Refer to the code section for detailed information.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Leslie Stovring (City staff) | lstovring@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8327

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City Fire Department provides guidelines for recreational burning. The guidelines are posted on the City website and are also available at the Fire Department Station 1.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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 City of Eden Prairie website has Living Green page serves as central place for all types of environmental information including a link to the GreenStep Cities program website.

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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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 City's Communication Division provides an Annual Report within the "Life in the Prairie" newsletter Summer issue.

The City Community Development Department also provides an Annual Report which covers economic development, housing, and comprensive plan goals and updates.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
2 star - Action 3:

Measure and report progress on sustainability indicators including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Conservation Commission and City Council received a presentation on the Environmental Regional Indicators Initiative Project. The project is sponsored by the Urban Land Institute of Minnesota (ULI-MN), and is a collaborative effort involving approximately twenty Minnesota cities that are committed to collecting a series of indicators to help guide City decisions toward a more sustainable future. The indicators include city-wide energy consumption, vehicle miles
traveled, solid waste management, water consumption, and others.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Urban Land Institute
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

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:
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Implementation details:
The City of Eden Prairie Conservation Commission has worked with Xcel Energy to make businesses and homeowners aware of the programs available for reducing energy costs including on-line and on-site energy audits the the "Powering Community Program". Xcel Energy presented their program options at a regular meeting of the Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission provided information at the City Wide Open House and Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Expo and educated businesses and homeowners on available programs to reduce energy waste.

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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
1 star - Action 6:

Promote green businesses that are recognized under a local, regional or national program.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The first ever Eden Prairie Ecopalooza is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014. It is a daylong event featuring a citywide “green crawl” to showcase the sustainability efforts of Eden
Prairie residents and businesses. In addition to the green crawl, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society’s annual Solar Boat Regatta will take place at Riley Lake. During the event, there will be solar powered boat races, eco-related events and demonstrations at Riley Lake Park, along with activities for kids and food vendors.

The city will reach out to businesses and residents to encouraging their participation in the event.
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

3 star - Action 3:

Promote financing and incentive programs such as PACE for clean energy:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Eden Prairie entered into a Joint Powers Agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority. The St. Paul Port Authority is designated as the implementing entity to implement and administer the MN PACE program on behalf of the City.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
St. Paul Port Authority
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 2:

Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The ordinance establishes a registration requirement for any person keeping honey bees in the City. In addition, the ordinance establishes regulations relating to where honey bees can be kept, how many can be kept, notification of abutting property owners, equipment and maintenance regulations, and other regulations relating to the keeping of honey bees.
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For more information contact:
Jim Schedin (City staff) | jschedin@edenprairie.org | 952-949-6200
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Eden Prairie has community gardens on city park land.

Community Garden Plots are available for planting from May - October at the following locations:

· Pioneer Trail Gardens:
13180 Pioneer Trail (east of Super America entry)

· Pioneer Park Gardens:
8940 Sutton Drive (behind Senior Center)

Edible Playground Gardens  The Minnesota Recreation and Parks Foundation awarded the Parks and Recreation Department $800 for the new initiative Edible Playground Gardens. Raised vegetable beds will be constructed at Prairie View School/Park. Parks and recreation staff are working to make this a collaborative effort with Prairie View Elementary and the Parks and Recreation Playground program. Youth will raise various vegetables from spring planting to fall harvest. The program goal is to teach youth who participate to connect and understand where their food comes from and how to foster sound nutritional practices, responsible food choices and environmental stewardship.
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts {BP no.28}

Pending - Action 3:

Require, build or facilitate at least four attributes in a business/industrial park project:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City helped to facilitate shared parking at Southwest Station which is a Transit Oriented Development. This project was approved in 2002.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The City supported Southwest Metro Transit to develop a transit hub on its property at the southwest corner of Highway 5 and Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie.

Through the PUD process the City granted density bonuses and incentives to allow for the higher intensity uses that are supportive of a transit hub.

The site provides a compact and pedestrian friendly mixed-use development that offers retail and restaurant services that are utilized by both transit customers and destination shoppers.

Shared parking occurs between the transit parking lot that is prominantly used during daytime business hours and the adjacent property that has land uses (such as entertainment and dining) that could utilize these parking facilities during evening and weekend hours when transit is not running its peak service.

Two ponds were built for water quality and flood storage for the western portion of the property. Both ponds are privately owned and maintained. The ponds were constructed with a 10:1 bench at the normal water level for vegetation growth and for safety concerns.

The project with waivers results in a design with additional interior green space, including perennial gardens, to help soften the visual appearance of parking lots and provide internal pedestrian connections.
Descriptive File:
North American Properties (developer/applicant), SW Metro Transit
For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413