City Detail

Background Information

City of Edina
County: Hennepin
Population: 50138
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 285
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Tara Brown
City Staff
952-826-1621
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 4 ( )

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: 44
1 star actions: 23
2 star actions: 12
3 star actions: 7

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

3 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:
B3 data is entered for all municipal buildings and is kept current by the Finance department. Complete data exists for all facilities as far back as 2008. Trends and energy savings opportunities are reviewed and an annual summary is provided to the Energy and Environment Commission.

Environmental Engineer provides annual summary of trends and opportunities to Energy and Environment Commission in January.

Key Staff have access to B3 data and are encouraged to use the data in capital planning.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Annual energy cost, comparison to benchmark, MMBTU, CO2.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621
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:
City staff utilizes B3 benchmarking data and a centralized HVAC control systems to track energy use for heating and cooling in public facilities.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Provide building comfort to meet users expectations and minimize energy use.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
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:
In 2011 the City contracted with McKinstry under the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program. Under the contract, the 12 largest municipal facilities were audited. This energy audit identified the following efficiency improvements and implemented: $141,000 building envelope improvements, $18,000 water conservation improvements, and $310,000 interior lighting retrofits. This retrofit project included 11 separate city buildings. In 2013 the City will consider a second round of energy efficiency retrofits.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The performance contract project was projected to reduce over 540,000 kWh and 19,600 therms of gas on an annual basis, reducing the Citys carbon footprint by 540 metric tons of CO2 annually and qualify for a guaranteed annual savings of approximately $54,000. B3 data confirmation of these savings is elusive.
Descriptive File:
McKinstry Inc.
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
1 star - Action 7: Install for one or more city-owned/school buildings one of the following efficiency measures:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Complete: A closed loop geothermal system was installed at the Public Works building with a minimum coefficient of performance of 3.3. The facility was opened in August 2010.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621

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:
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Implementation details:
Edina partnered with Xcel and Centerpoint to bring the Home Energy Squad (HES) to residents.

The program is promoted through the EEC's Education & Outreach Working Group with door hangers were and participation in the annual 4th of July parade and other community outreach.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621
1 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:
The City has a conservation rate structure with 3 residential tiers:
0-3500cf = $1.24/100cf
3501-6500cf = $1.64/100cf
6500+ = $2.58/100cf
(2012 rates)
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

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:
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Implementation details:
Public Works building parking lot at 7450 Metro was retrofit to LED lighting

CEE's on stop lighting shop is working to provide alternatives for lighting for 50th and France area ramps. No project yet scheduled.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
CEE
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621

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 land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.
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Implementation details:
In 2008 Edina updated its Comprehensive Plan. Chapter 10 "Energy and Environment" focuses on sustainability topics.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Carry Teague (City staff) | CTeague@ci.Edina.MN.US | (952) 826-0460
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.
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Implementation details:
Edina's 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. See City Code 850.01 "The Council finds that Edina has emerged from an era exemplified by unparalleled growth and development and has entered a period of stability, reuse and redevelopment; that some of the standards and regulations which guided initial development of the City are not appropriate for guiding future development and redevelopment; and that standards and regulations for guiding future development and redevelopment should be based upon the stated goals, objectives and policies of the Comprehensive Plan of this City, as from time to time amended, which constitutes the City's statement of philosophy concerning the use of land within its jurisdiction. Through the enactment of this Section, the Council intends to implement this statement of philosophy so as to provide for the orderly and planned development and redevelopment of lands and waters in Edina, to maintain an attractive living and working environment in Edina, to preserve and enhance the high quality residential character of Edina and to promote the public health, safety and general welfare. Specifically, this Section is intended to implement the following objectives, some of which are contained in the Comprehensive Plan:..."
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
2 star - Action 5:

Adopt climate mitigation and/or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and include transportation recommendations such as becoming an EV-ready city.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 includes carbon reduction goals.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621

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.

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Implementation details:
Grandview District community involvment:
http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=planning_GrandViewUpdate

54th Street Reconstuction and Arden Park stormwater management plan public engagement and sustainable infrastructure.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Carry Teague (City staff) | CTeague@ci.Edina.MN.US | (952) 826-0460
1 star - Action 3: Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development or to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Edina has a PUD ordinance in City Code 850.05 to allow flexibility from standard zoning in exchange for strengthened City control over development. Edina also has Mixed Development Districts defined in City Code 850.14.
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For more information contact:
Carry Teague (City staff) | CTeague@ci.Edina.MN.US | (952) 826-0460

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

2 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:
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Implementation details:
Tree Preservation Ordinance #2014-25 was published 3-25-15 and goes into effect 7-1-15.The purpose is to preserve trees during the redevelopment process while still allowing reasonable development to occur and not to interfere with a property owners reasonable use of their property. The ordinance restricts the amount of unnecessary tree loss by requiring mitigation for the removal of trees outside of the basic tree removal area. The basic tree removal area is 10 foot radius of the building pad, deck or patio of a new or remodeled building as well as a 5 foot radius of driveways and parking areas. In these areas no mitigation is required.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

3 star - Action 1: Adopt a complete streets policy, or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Living Streets Policy was approved by City Council on Aug. 20, 2013, and Living Streets Plan development is underway. The Living Streets Plan will address how the Policy will be implemented by providing more detailed information on street design, traffic calming, bike facilities, landscaping and lighting, as well best practices for community engagement during the design process.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Blue Cross & Blue Sheild; Bloomington Public Health; Transit for Livable Communities
For more information contact:
Mark Nolan (City staff) | mnolan@edinamn.gov | (952)826-0322
Pending - Action 3: Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
70th Street Reconstuction
Tracy Avenue Reconstuction phase 1 and 2,
54th Street public involvement and Arden Park stormwater management plan.
Morningside, White Oaks, and others
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Mark Nolan (City staff) | mnolan@edinamn.gov | (952)826-0322
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.
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Implementation details:
The City continually plans for and funds a variety of bike lane and trail connections to further the goal of having an integrated bike and trail network. In 2012 the City began counting bikes and pedestrians to better plan and prioritize safety and network improvements.

The PACS fund was approved by City Council in December of 2012 to fund projects that makes the community more walkable and bikeable, including improvements proposed in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the City’s comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan and the City’s Active Routes to School Comprehensive Plan.

Revenue for the PACS fund will be generated by a franchise fee ordinance that imposes a fee of $1.45/month on residential customers of Xcel Energy and $1.45/month on residential customers of CenterPoint Energy. There are higher franchise fees for commercial customers of both utilities. Those fees are $2.90/month, $9/month and $40/month, depending on the size of the customer.

The revenue in the PACS fund will be used exclusively for specific improvements to the City’s non-motorized transportation network. The non-motorized transportation network includes sidewalks, trails, and other bicyclist-related facilities. Other possible costs the PACS fund would pay for include maintenance of current sidewalks, signage, lighting, pedestrian crossing signals and street striping.

Additionally, Edina maintains updated Bicycle Facilities and Pedestrian Facilities maps and a Sidewalk Priority Plan. These plans were created to identify gaps in our non-motorized transportation system and to help plan their construction.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Over the last five years, the City has made alternative modes of transportation a more viable choice by significantly expanding our sidewalk network and by adding over 58 miles of bike lanes (27.2 miles in 2012 alone) throughout the City and making connections to other regional bike lanes and trails. Our new work plan states that our goal is to construct 2 miles of sidewalk and 5 miles of bike lanes annually for the next few years.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Mark Nolan (City staff) | mnolan@edinamn.gov | (952)826-0322
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.
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Implementation details:
A variety of traffic calming approaches such as traffic circles and pedestrian islands are used in concert with safety, transportation and striping projects.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621

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:
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Implementation details:
The Edina Transportation Commission (ETC) will be focusing on "active transportation" such as developing the policies and programs that support the implementation of complete green streets and improve the transportation right of way for walking and biking. To that end, on 4-21-11, the ETC passed a resolution supporting the "Living Streets" concept (complete green streets) and will forward that to the Council. Upon approaval, ETC and City staff will develop a process for getting stakeholder input (other boards and commissions, public, etc.) to develop a policy or plan. The Bike Edina Task Force (BETF) helps to lead community rides, for example: Rides with the Mayor, annual Bike to Work training and events (such as the 50th and France event held in May or June), and on-demand skills ride events to increase bicycling skills and riding options in Edina. The BETF promotes safe bicycling with its website, free wallet cards, and hosting information tables at several community events throughout the year.
Outcome measures/metrics:
City of Edina was awarded a Bike Friendly Community award:
http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=pressroom_pressreleases&prrid=692
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Mark Nolan (City staff) | mnolan@edinamn.gov | (952)826-0322
1 star - Action 2: Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.
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Implementation details:
The City of Edina and the Edina School District are nearing completion of the Edina Active Routes to School (ARTS) Comprehensive Plan (the City’s equivalent to a Safe Routes to School plan), which is planned to be approved/adopted by City Council in October of this year. Additionally, Edina has an active Traffic Safety Committee and is part of the Bloomington, Richfield, Edina DO Town program.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Bloomington Public Health
For more information contact:
Mark Nolan (City staff) | mnolan@edinamn.gov | (952)826-0322

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

2 star - Action 1: Adopt a sustainable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Edina City Council approved the Environmental Purchasing Policy at the 3/20/12 City Council meeting.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621
1 star - Action 4: Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Energy and Environment Commission (EEC) has approved a draft of an environmental purchasing policy, which is yet to be reviewed by City Council at the 2-21-12 EEC/City Council Work Session. Purchasing choices will require the purchase of U.S. EPSense-certified products for all product categories covered by the Water Sense program.
(reviewing purchasing policy)
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1: Certify as a Tree City USA.
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Implementation details:
The City of Edina has been a Tree City USA in past years and is in the process of reapplying for the designation. The City Forester expects to be qualified again in Spring 2012.
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For more information contact:
Luther Overholt (City staff) | Loverholt@CI.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0308
1 star - Action 4: Maximize tree planting along your main downtown street or throughout the city.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Complete: Trees were planted along the 50th and France shopping district sidewalks on both sides of the street. The tree wells are approximately 40 ft or less apart excluding dirveways and utility vaults. In 2011 the city also planted 21 trees in Creek Valley Park.
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For more information contact:
Luther Overholt (City staff) | Loverholt@CI.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0308

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 star - Action 2: Complete a stormwater management assessment and be recognized for implementing the actions therein.
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Implementation details:
The Blue Star City Stormwater Management Assessment has been completed and at least the minimum threshold obtained. City Council received the Blue Star certificate at the 10-4-11 City Council meeting.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
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:
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Implementation details:
Complete: The use of Coal Tar sealants were banned with the League of Cities model ordinance being implemented at the 15 Nov. 2011 Edina City Council meeting. Chapter 4 was amended to add section 490.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

3 star - Action 5:

Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

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Implementation details:
b)Organic or integrated pest management - Council considered the revised Turf Management Plan at the 2-21-12 EEC/Council Work Session. It was approved at the March 5, 2013 City Council meeting.
c)Sources of Non potable water for irrigation is Complete. City well #14 was taken out of service in approximately 2006 due to elevated Radium 226 levels. Well #14 was then repurposed to irrigate Braemar Golf Course.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
2 star - Action 6: Certify at least one golf course in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification is complete for the Braemar Golf Course as of 2004 and for the Fred Richards golf course as well. In 2009 the EEC recommended to the Park Board that city parks be certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries as well.
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For more information contact:
Tom Swenson (City staff) | TSwenson@Ci.Edina.MN.US | 952-941-2443
1 star - Action 8: Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.
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Implementation details:
Edina has community involvement in land restoration and stewardship in the form of community initiated buckthorn busts. When a group volunteers to remove buckthorn, the City Forester gives them a presentation on how to do it. The City provides the roundup and tools such as weed wrenches and hand saws. The City hauls the buckthorn to the city brush dump. From there the City of St Paul District Energy comes to chip it up and, for a low fee, haul it to St Paul to be burned for energy.
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Descriptive File:
Neighborhood groups
For more information contact:
Luther Overholt (City staff) | Loverholt@CI.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0308

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

2 star - Action 2: Address concerns over consumer products and packaging through encouragement/implementation of one or more of:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
A 15% municipal waste reduction goal is sought. To determine how effective Edina's waste reduction strategies are and to establish a baseline, City Council updated city code 1300 on 11-15-11 to require all licensed haulers to report quarterly the pounds of waste being removed from Edina. Edina will begin to have an estimate of its baseline waste in April 2012, when the first waste reports become available. Municipal waste reduction strategies include:
1) Establishing a Recycling Bin Task Force in February 2012, which recommended recycling bins in all major parks (these were provided in Lewis Pk and Pamela Pk as well as scattered areas of Braemar Pk prior to the task force)
2) Complete - Reduce municipal paper use & junk mail by the City Recycling coordinator requesting that the City address be removed from mailing lists
3) The City began organics recycling at some facilities in 2012. Effective 1-1-13 organics recycling will be included in the municipal facility solid waste and recycling contract
4) Implement a facility-wide policy to reduce the use of bottled water. The City Purchasing Policy discourages the use of bottled water.
5) Implement facility-wide policy on using compostable table ware once the new municipal facility contract including organics is implemented on 1-1-2013.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Solvei Wilmot (City staff) | SWilmot@ci.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0463
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:
Of Edina's 6 residential haulers, one residential hauler, co-collects organics with yard waste. Although this step is complete, the goal is to have all waste haulers provide an organics option.
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For more information contact:
Solvei Wilmot (City staff) | SWilmot@ci.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0463
2 star - Action 6: Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.
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Implementation details:
Complete - Edina has had an organized, mandatory city-wide residential recycling program since 1989. Collection of recyclables from multi-unit residential buildings of 8 units or less is mandatory and is offered for the same cost as single family households.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Solvei Wilmot (City staff) | SWilmot@ci.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0463

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

1 star - Action 1: Conduct an education/financial assistance campaign around one of the following residential wood burning/auto exhaust issues:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Complete: In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of wood smoke and to set an example to the community, at the Nov.15, 2011 Edina City Council meeting, Council agreed to convert the two indoor wood burning fireplaces in the Centrum of the Hughes Pavilion, to gas. This generated much educational publicity in the Edina Sun Current, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and local Blogs. The conversion was complete in time for the winter 2011/12 season. The payback period for converting to gas was documented to be 7 years.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621
1 star - Action 3: Conduct one or more policy or education/behavior change campaigns on the topics below and document:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The Energy and Environment Commission has installed signs around school drop off and pick up areas and encouraged a ‘no idling’ education effort.

The City provides local air quality and electric vehicle education on its website in partnership with a MPCA local air quality grant.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

3 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.
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Implementation details:
Complete: As a member of ICLEI, the City of Edina completed Milestone 1 using ICLEI's CACP software for the year 2007: A baseline inventory of carbon emissions generated by city operations, such as buildings, water pumps, city fleet, etc. was collected. Aggregate data were also collected for city-wide residential, commercial and industrial emissions. For 2008 all municipal sectors were entered into the CACP software except for water. For 2009, B3 data was entered for the 10 largest municipal buildings. The B3 data is complete for all buildings for 2010 and 2011 through June. Green Step City progress is reported to the community at the annual January meeting of the Energy & Environment Commission, which is televised on Edina Cable Ch 16. Each selected Best Practice in Edina's Green Step Cities program is reported on as well as each action within that best practice.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The results from the carbon emission inventory were used in a pilot project with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and published on their website in 2009-2010 (www.cdproject.net). Note that the 2010 results are published in the 2011 report. Edina also participates in the Regional Indicators Project for which its data is complete for 2008-2010. Each January EEC meeting is televised and includes a status report to the community on each Best Practice in the Green Step Cities Program. This was held on 1-12-12 and televised on cable Ch 16 and is available to the public to download.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
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.
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Implementation details:
Complete: Each January EEC meeting is televised and includes a status report to the community on each Best Practice in the Green Step Cities Program. This was held on 1-12-12 and televised on cable Ch 16 and is available to the public to download. Rick Carter presented the Regional Indicator's Project where Edina's indicators (energy usage, recycling lbs/HH, transportation, cycling, water usage) were compared with Vadnais Hts and St. Louis Park. Drinking water indicators are annually reported to the community in the About Town publication.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621
1 star - Action 4: Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Edina continuously engages members of the public through various activities organized by the Education and Outreach Working Group of the EEC. The EEC works with energy utilities to organize energy audits for residents. Working with a task force of EEC members, representatives from Xcel Energy, Centerpoint Energy and the Center for Energy and the Environment (MN Energy Challenge staff) attention was focused on two Edina neighborhoods for Summer and Fall of 2010 to promote the HES (Home Energy Squad) Program. The Morningside Neighborhood Association (MNA) assisted efforts to mobilize residents to attend HES educational meetings to enroll households in participating in the HES program in the Summer of 2010. In the Fall of 2010 focused on the Highlands Neighborhood of Edina. Summer 2010 awareness was raised about the HES program.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Edina has one of the highest participation rates in HES in the metro.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
1 star - Action 5: Conduct or support a community education, visioning and planning initiative using a sustainability framework such as:
Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Floating Best Practice - The City of Edina participated in a Natural Step workshop for City staff, City Council, City Commissioners and residents at large on July 27, 2009 and Aug. 6, 2009. Thereafter various City Commissioners, residents and City Council members attend the quarterly workshops sponsored by the Sustainability Alliance.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621

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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A recycling and Solid Waste Working Group member of the EEC developed a Powerpoint program entitled "Easy Office Recycling", which was presented at a local Rotary meeting. MPCA is offering assistance to 10 businesses in the form of providing sample contracts (see http://www.pca.state.mn.us/oea/p2/rmprograms.cfm) for hauling to assist commercial businesses to modify existing contracts, or create new resource management contracts with waste haulers to manage recyclables, compostibles and hazardous materials. The RSW WG will work with local trade associations and give educational presentations on recycling as well as aiding them with the Easy Office Recycling program. Trade associations include the Edina Chamber of Commerce. The EnergySmart program sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce will be used to get Edina businesses to focus on energy efficiency.
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For more information contact:
Solvei Wilmot (City staff) | SWilmot@ci.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0463
1 star - Action 4:

Strengthen value-added businesses utilizing local "waste" material.

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Complete: St. Paul District Energy picks up and chips the wood from the Edina brush dump at Braemar and hauls it to St. Paul District Energy plant at a cost to Edina far less than hauling the brush to a brush dump in Hastings, as was previously done. The chips are used to fuel St. Pauls District Energy plant. The brush in the city brush dump comes from municipal waste as well as including residential buckthorn, which residents are allowed to bring during the last two weekends of October. Residents must show an ID and can only come during approved hours.
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For more information contact:
Luther Overholt (City staff) | Loverholt@CI.Edina.MN.US | 952-826-0308

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

Pending - Action 1: Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.
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A Solar/Wind Ordinance Task Force was formed with a first draft created as of January 2012. Work was not completed.
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For more information contact:
Carry Teague (City staff) | CTeague@ci.Edina.MN.US | (952) 826-0460
3 star - Action 3: Promote financing and incentive programs such as PACE for clean energy:
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Complete - Edina City Council adopted a PACE financing program (Edina Emerald Energy Program EEEP) for commercial entities at the 11-15-11 Council meeting. A $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce was obtained to set up a pilot project. If successful, EEEP may be extended to residential and/or water projects. As of 4-10-12, Grandview Tire and Auto has taken advantage of the program with a loan from the Clean Fund for a 27kW photovoltaic system. The amount of financing to Murphy Auto was $31,686; amount of the bond $33,690; the difference $2,004 was capitalized interest.
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Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Assn. MnSEIA (Lynn Hinkle, Policy Director); Minnesota Dept. of Commerce
For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | (952)826-1621
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.
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The city of Edina received a 2011 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) The grant was used to install a 24 KW photovoltaic solar system on City Hall. The project was approved at the 10-4-11 City Council meeting and was installed by 1-1-12. The solar panels save approximately $1,300/yr on energy costs.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621

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.
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The Apiary ordinance #2015.02 published 4-2-15 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. The Fowl ordinance #2015.05 published 4-2-15 permits the keeping of up to 4 female Gallus gallus domesticus.
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For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff) | tbrown@edinamn.gov | 952-826-1621
2 star - Action 3: Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:
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Edina hosts a Farmer's Market in Centennial Lakes Park from mid July through Sept. The City staff person responsible for coordinating the Farmer's market is Tom Shirley. The city began a Community Garden with 50 plots at Yorktown Park in May 2013. The City staff person who coordinates the community garden is Kristen Aarsvold. Both the Farmer's Market and Community Garden have collection boxes for the VEAP food shelf.
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11 of the 30 vendors are produce vendors.
Attendance averages over 1,000 people per market.
Last year, 1,445 pounds of food was donated to VEAP foodshelf.
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VEAP
For more information contact:
Tom Shirley (City staff) | TShirley@CI.Edina.MN.US | 952-833-9582