City Detail

Background Information

City of Fridley
County: Anoka
Population: 27515
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 141
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Rachel Workin
City Staff
763-572-3594
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 2 ( )

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: 41
1 star actions: 13
2 star actions: 13
3 star actions: 15

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

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:
The City of Fridley installed motion activated lighting at its Civic Campus, Public Works building. The City also installed Vending Misers on its Vending Machines which lowers the energy consumption of the vending machine when not in use.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
1 star - Action 3:

Invest in larger energy efficiency projects through performance contracting or other funding or through smaller retro-commissioning/retrofit projects in city-owned/school buildings.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has partnered with Xcel Energy and the Center for the Energy and Environment on a number of retrofits including:

Replacing the fire station cooling unit with a more energy efficient model.
Replacing the fire station cooling unit with a
Replacing the lighting at the City Hall and liquor store with LED lighting
Replacing the variable frequency drive motor at the Marion Hills Water Treatment Plant.

The City has also independently replaced all of the lighting at Fire Stations 2 and 3 with LED lighting.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

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:
The City of Fridley's Housing and Redevelopment Authority offers Fridley residents subsidized Home Energy Squad Enhanced visits through the Center for Energy and the Environment. This program is promoted on the City's website, in newsletters, and during community events.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Center for Energy and the Environment
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 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:
The City of Fridley promotes energy/water efficiency to our business community within our quarterly business e-newsletter. Through the newsletter the City has advertised the Minnesota Material Exchange and the MnTAP internship program. The City also promoted the MnTAP program through mailings to our manufacturing community and top-10 water users.

Eco Finishing, a Fridley-based plating company, implemented recommendations from a 2015 MnTAP intern which saved the company over 1,000,000 gallons of water per year and 80,000 therms.

Murphy's Warehouse, a long-standing Fridley business, has implemented numerous sustainability initiatives at its two campuses in the City. In 2015 these locations were the first two warehouses in the country to re-certify under LEED (Gold) for Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance rating system. The Murphy's Warehouse campuses are known for their extensive use of native prairie landscaping in place of turf grass.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Within the two Murphy's Warehouse locations in Fridley, there are 6.0-acres of native prairie and 4.2-acres of cut lawn. Murphy's Warehouse saves an estimated $26,762 in annual maintenance costs by maintaining the 6.0-acres as native prairie as a result of decreased water and fertilizer usage.
Descriptive File: view file
MnTAP; Murphy's Warehouse; Eco Finishing
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 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 of Fridley provided a 50% rebate to residents that purchased EnergyStar washing machines, WaterSense toilets, or WaterSense irrigation systems between Spring 2016-Spring 2017.

The City provides information on ordering a rain barrel and installing rain gardens on the "Your Yard" section of its website.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City replaced 32 toilets and 24 washers through its rebate program.
Descriptive File:
Sponsored by the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Fridley partnered with Xcel Energy to replace 870 overhead lights with Dark Sky-compliant LED lights in the City.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The changeout of 870 lights is expected to save 27,468.6 kilowatt hours of energy per month, which equals $482.52 off of the City's energy bill and 28,951.90 lbs of CO2 removed from the atmosphere monthly
Descriptive File: view file
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
1 star - Action 5:

Use LED/solar-powered lighting for a flashing sign or in a street, parking lot or park project.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Solar-powered LED flashing stop signs were installed at a four way intersection by Fridley Middle School in 2016 as part of a Safe Routes to School Project
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Fridley Public Schools; MnDOT
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

3 star - Action 5:

Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley has both a Planned Unit Development and a Redevelopment zoning classification that address commercial districts and encourage compatible infill development.

Redevelopment of the Fridley Market from an under-utilized, over-parked shopping center occurred under Planned Unit Development zoning. This redevelopment has been instrumental for the commercial revitalization of 57th Avenue.

The former Naval Industrial Ordnance Plant was a 122-acre Superfund site. The City rezoned the property as R2-Redevelopment and assisted the developer with financing options. As a result, the site underwent voluntary cleanup and the Northern Stacks development was constructed. This industrial distribution and office/warehouse business park is the largest infill commercial redevelopment in Minnesota.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:

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 2030 City of Fridley Comprehensive Plan will be updated in 2016 for 2040. We are already reviewing the individual chapters for that update.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
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:
"[Achieving] the goals and objectives and to guide and direct the community’s development
based on the “Comprehensive Plan” as adopted by the City Council" is listed as a goal of the City of Fridley's zoning regulations.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

3 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Following the Housing and Redevelopment Authority's purchase of the Columbia Arena site, the City of Fridley enlisted the services of the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Corridor Development Initiative to assist with stakeholder input. LISC led a series of community workshops to identify development guidelines for the site as well as the adjacent Fridley public works building and park/soccer fields. These guidelines were the foundation of the Columbia Arena Redevelopment Master Plan and the design for the new civic campus.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
LISC
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 star - Action 2:

Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Construction began on the new City of Fridley Civic Campus in early 2017. The new Civic Campus will combine Public Works, which was previously separated by a mile, with other City services (City Hall, fire, police), eliminating the need for employees to drive between facilities.

The new Civic Campus is located directly along the Route 10 bus line, a bus line connecting downtown Minneapolis and the Northtown Transit Station, as well as along the proposed Central Avenue bus rapid transit. The Campus is also integrated with the Rice Creek West Regional Trail.

Amenities include walking paths and a stormwater treatment/water feature intended to function as community gathering spaces. One parking court in the campus is also designed to serve as employee parking during the week and a multi-use plaza during evenings/weekends to host festivals, farmers markets, and more.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

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

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Fridley alongside Anoka County and the City of Coon Rapids developed a corridor study for East River Road (CSAH 1) between Highway 610 in Coon Rapids and Interstate 694. This corridor study is intended to address increased pressure on on East River Road as a result of development and population growth as well as to improve transit and trail connection, improve visual quality, and increase safety.

Goals for the public involvement process included:

Facilitate active and
collaborative participation
by local units of government
2. Help the public to feel
comfortable with the proposed
project and the process of
decision-making
3. Collect public input to make a
better project

A series of three public open houses were hosted as well meetings in each "neighborhood" along the corridor to gather public opinion.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Anoka County; City of Coon Rapids
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

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:
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Implementation details:
Utilizing and local funding and Federal Transportation Alternative funding, the City of Fridley installed a 1.6-mile trail within the boulevard of Main Street, a highly trafficked County road. The project also included the installation of a pedestrian bridge crossing over Interstate 694 since the existing road bridge was not wide enough to safely carry pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

This project addressed a major street-trail gap and provides a safe method for the residents of Fridley and Columbia Height reach transit, employment, and commercial areas such as the new Fridley Market center which includes a grocery store.

The City of Fridley, with the support of the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, took advantage of this opportunity to divert storm pipes in the Main Street right of way that drained untreated stormwater to the Mississippi River to an underground infiltration basin and to enlarge an existing dry pond.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
MnDOT; Metropolitan Council; Anoka County; MWMO
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
2 star - Action 6:

Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
During the project open house for Fridley's 2015 Street Reconstruction project, staff heard concerns regarding vehicle speeds on 3rd Street between 49th Avenue and 53rd Avenue. The City received funding from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO)to reduce pavement area along 3rd street through the installation of seven bump outs which reduced street width from 40 feet to 24.

Staff hosted two onsite meetings with residents to discuss proposed changes and gather input on design. In advance of the first meeting, the City placed traffic delineation to mimick the impacts of the bump outs.

In 2017, the bumpouts were excavated into bioswales and planted with pollinator plants. These bioswales perform co-benefits of treating stormwater and calming traffic.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Mississippi Watershed Management
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 2:

Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
In 2012, a Bike Study was completed and accepted by the Fridley City Council. In 2013, the Active Transportation Plan was approved. Trails are now plowed in Winter. Julie Jones, Fridley City Planning Manager meets with Fridley School system officials and health care professionals regularly as the City representative on the the Safe Routes to School team. She reviews all webinars that are offered on the topic, as well. Active Living classes such as Women Who Bike (spring 2015 community education class) and Seniors Try Bikes have been taking place, starting in 2013, in a public/private partnership with area bike shops.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 star - Action 3:

Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes; airports.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
We produced an Active Transportation map in 2013 which shows bus stops, bus route numbers, bus benches, the location of the NorthStar commuter trail,as well as indicating the best bicycling and pedestrian routes for access to essential goods and services in the City. Dangerous intersections are called out in the map, as well.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Anoka County Department of Health SHIP grant
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
1 star - Action 4:

Promote carpooling or ridesharing among community members, city employees, businesses, high schools and institutions of higher education.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley has been working with Anoka Commute Solutions to promote increased use of the NorthStar Commuter Rail. Fridley is the last stop prior to the NorthStar's arrival into downtown Minneapolis, and has yet to reach its full potential as a City asset. The City with Katie Kasten of Anoka Commute Solutions, set up listening sessions last July, about the possibilities of incorporating a Nice Rides unit at the station. Commuter bicyclists said this would not help them and doubted that it would entice others to use the NorthStar. A grant for a dedicated van pool in partnership with the City's largest employers is now being pursued.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Anoka County Commute Solutions
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Demand-Side Travel Planning {BP no.14}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley decreased the required parking stall width from 10 feet to 9 feet within the multiple dwelling, industrial, manufacturing land uses

The City of Fridley also allows for a reduction in the number of required parking stalls/sharing of parking stalls between private properties when a landowner can demonstrate that the required number of parking stalls is not needed and that adequate open space is provided to satisfy the
total number of required parking stalls.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 star - Action 3:

For cities with regular transit service, require or provide incentives for the siting of higher density housing at transit/density nodes.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley adopted a Transit Overlay District in 2011 to promote higher density, pedestrian-oriented development within 1/2 mile ofthe NorthStar train station. The overlay district is based on the underlying zoning which is comprised of commercial, single family residential, multi-family residential and parkland, but additionally allows for mixed use development. The design standards include setback maximums (and allows zero lot line developments), parking reductions from the underlying zoning, and requires sidewalks.

A master plan for this area was approved by the Fridley City Council in 2014, which incorporates regional stormwater treatment, increased parkland, and design elements to emphasize the areas location near the Mississippi River.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

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:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley complies with the State law to purchase paper with a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content. All water heaters purchased by the City of Fridley are EnergyStar water heaters.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Anoka County
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
2 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The city requires all city contractors to follow MN-DOT specifictions and allow RAP up to 20% by weight.

Adjusting rings from HDPE are approved as an alternate to concrete adjusting rings; virgin and recycled material are both allowed.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley was certified as a Tree City in 2017.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 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 of Fridley adopted an Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan in February, 2018 which includes a planned combination of removal/reforestation and treatment. The City also set a goal of no more than 10% any species and no more than 20% any genus within the canopy.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

3 star - Action 2:

Complete the GreenStep Municipal Stormwater Management Assessment.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley received the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Community Stormwater Management.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Friends of the Mississippi River
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

3 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:
There are 24-acres of city and county parkland per 1,000 residents in Fridley.

According to ParkServe, by the Trust for Public Land, 94% of residents are within a 10-minute of walk of a park.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Anoka County
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley places recycling containers during from May through September at all parks with picnic shelters. The Springbrook Nature Center collects recycling year round and began collecting organic material in 2017. The Center also provides visitors that host events discounted compostable plateware to achieve the goal of zero-waste events.

All City of Fridley Public Works staff in the Parks and Street department have a Level 1 certification in Summer Turf Care Best Practices through the MPCA.

The City of Fridley adopted a resolution to be a Pollinator Friendly Community in March, 2018. This resolution included incorporation of pollinator-friendly landscaping into City parks.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 star - Action 7:

Document that the operation and maintenance, or construction / remodeling, of at least one park building used an asset management tool, the SB 2030 energy standard, or a green building framework.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:

The City of Fridley and the Springbrook Nature Center Foundation reconstructed the Springbrook Nature Center to Minnesota B3 and SB 2030 standards. Sustainable design features features include geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting, bird-friendly glass, use of high recycled content materials, use of FSC certified wood, low flow water fixtures, green roof, raingardens, permeable concrete, and use of light and motion sensors to minimize lighting use.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Springbrook Nature Center Foundation
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
1 star - Action 8:

Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Since 2016, the City of Fridley Parks and Recreation department has coordinated two buckthorn removal events per year at Innsbruck Nature Center. These volunteer events are attended by local residents, students from Totino Grace High School, and volunteers from local employers such as Medtronic.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Totino Grace High School; Medtronic

Surface Water {BP no.19}

2 star - Action 4:

Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Fridley has a DNR-approved shoreland ordinance as well as a Critical Area overlay district which applied to properties within the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

3 star - Action 1:

Report to landowners suspected noncompliant or failing septic systems as part of an educational, informational and financial assistance and outreach program designed to trigger voluntary landowner action to improve septic systems.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
In the early 2000's the City of Fridley's community development department, utility department, and public works department coordinated to with property owners with septic systems to voluntarily connect to the sewer system. All properties in Fridley are now connected to the sanitary sewer system.


Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 2:

Address concerns over consumer products and packaging through encouragement/implementation of one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Fridley has information within the Recycling section of its website on how to recycle items that are not accepted curbside such as styrofoam and plastic bags.

The City also has a staff person able to answer questions on how to dispose of certain items. Approximately 2 questions are answered per week.

The City increased its bulky item recycling events from 3 per year to 6 per year in 2018 and incorporated free, secure paper shredding.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
2 star - Action 3:

Improve profitability, legal compliance and conserve resources through adoption of ordinance language, licensing and resource management contracts.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
In May of 2012, the City of Fridley adopted city-wide single sort recycling. The RFP for a single hauler for the contract, which runs from 2012 through the end of April in 2019 was issued for 65 gallon containers.
Outcome measures/metrics:
City-wide recycling is better coordinated and has increased slightly each year since implementing city-wide single sort recycling.
Descriptive File: view file
Anoka County Integrated Waste Management
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
2 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:
Fridley residents can participate in a voluntary curbside organics recycling program. This program is offered citywide to residents of single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes through a single hauler.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Republic Services
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
3 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:
The City of Fridley has organized recycling collection. Households can request an increase from a 65-gallon cart to a 96-gallon cart for no additional charge.

The City also provides for recycling at apartments less than 13 units under the Municipal recycling contract. Apartments with 13 or more units are required to provide recycling under City ordinance. Rental inspection staff confirms recycling during visits.

In 2015, the City began focusing recycling education efforts on multi-family units. Using Anoka County grants and SCORE funding, the City provides apartment managers with outreach material and ensures that all recycling and garbage dumpsters are appropriately signed.

The City implements 7 "good" BMPs
(Mandatory separation of residential recyclables
Areas for trash and recycling containers at multi-unit and commercial buildings
Recycling information/instructions
E-mail/text reminders of recycling day
Recycling in multi-unit residential buildings
Community message board
Community newsletters)

The City implements 3 "better" BMPs
Data reporting from haulers
Additional city staffing
Expanded container space; carts; single-stream

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Anoka County
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Fridley has an Environmental Quality and Energy Commission comprised of seven members that advises the City Council on sustainability decisions. The Environmental Planner serves as the staff liaison to this commission.

The City provides updates on sustainability achievements through its website:
http://www.ci.fridley.mn.us/165/Environment-Natural-Resources
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.

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The City of Fridley allows the placement of solar energy devices in all zoning districts except for the Outdoor Intensive Heavy Industrial District and the Hyde Park neighborhood provided they are attached to the principal structure. Placing solar energy devices in a yard or hardscaped area can be done with a special use permit.

While the value of land in Fridley will limit the financial viability of installing a solar garden on open land, nearly all property owners have the opportunity with a special use permit.

Wind generators and other tower mounted energy devices are also allowed with a special use permit.
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For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

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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Fridley's first Farmer's Market will be starting on May 9, 2015. A representative from one of our newest immigrant communities has undertaken the task of creating and managing the market, after meetings with the City, School system, Anoka County and experienced market managers. The event will be held on Saturdays at the Fridley Community Center.

In regard to poultry in the City, Fridley permits chickens and other domesticated poultry with a permit under Chapter 101.03 in the livestock control section of City code. A permit is required: http://www.ci.fridley.mn.us/images/article-files/Ch_101_Animal_Control.pdf

On December 23rd, 2017, the City ordinance allowing bee-keeping will go into effect.
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Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
2 star - Action 3:

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

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The City of Fridley has 46 Community Garden plots that residents can rent during the summer. These plots are located adjacent to the Public Works facility as well as a regional park.
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Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

1 star - Action 4:

Encourage private sector action and incentivize investment in preventive approaches that reduce risk and minimize impacts of extreme weather and the changing climate for human health and the built environment.

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The City of Fridley held a first-time, themed, community engagement event in Commons Park, centrally located in Fridley, on April 29th for Arbor Day 2016. This Best Practice 29 Sponsored Event informed residents about the integral role that green infrastructure plays in the health and resiliency of a city, while teaching skills in the selection, siting, planting, and pruning of trees to reduce energy use, intercept stormwater, avoid extreme weather damage, and resist pests. The event featured community tree planting of resilient species in the park, and homeowner purchase of low-cost bare-root trees.
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Approximately 40-50 people, including many students, participated all morning while homeowners came and went throughout the event. Ten trees were sold to homeowners. A resident from the city’s immigrant community agreed to participate on the Tree Board. The City created “Tree Trek” to demonstrate types of trees beyond ash and maple for residents to plant. Several additional tree species were added to Commons Park.
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For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
2 star - Action 6:

Reduce the urban heat impacts of public buildings, sites, and infrastructure and provide resiliency co-benefits.

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• The City of Fridley was awarded the MnDOT Landscape Partnership grant to plant trees, shrubs and low-care perennials and grasses in a neglected right-of-way area at East River Road just north of Interstate 694 along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) in a neglected area in close proximity to the Mississippi River.
• City volunteer labor was needed and the City was made aware of the possibility of the Youth Conservation Corps to install the trees, shrubs, native grasses and pollinator plants on the plan. This possibility became a reality and the project was scheduled for the end of June, 2016.
• Kay Qualley, Environmental Planner and Jeff Jensen, Street and Parks Superintendent coordinated the project and interacted with MnDOT and supervisors from the Youth Conservation Corp to accomplish this planting with planning and site assistance from Erika Van Krevelen, GreenCorp Member for the City of Fridley. The Fridley Public Works Department has committed to providing a watering tank for assistance in watering new plants until they are established.
• MnDOT removed a grove of Ash trees, and provided landscape architectural design services and tree layout services. Their grant provided for the purchase of small trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as mulch and watering aids in order to mobilize prior to the arrival of the Youth Corps planting crew on June 24.
• The Youth Corps worked on removal of invasive weeds, like quack grass, buckthorn and thistle in addition to plantings.
• The Youth Corps planted more than 50 trees, along with 184 shrubs for habitat, 163 pollinator perennials and 225 non-pollinator perennials like native grasses.
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The Youth Conservation Corp work combined with the Mn-DOT grant to convert a weedy area along the convergence of two segments of the Mississippi River Trail into trees and flowering pollinator plants and native Minnesota grasses which will, as it grows, reduce runoff into the River, beautify East River Road, as well as improve air quality at an especially busy intersection of major transportation corridors.

The planting will also provide ancillary benefits to bicyclists and pedestrians along an important tourist bicycling route though the City, the heavily used Mississippi River Trail. The shade from the future grove, along with blooming plants instead of weeds were a few things mentioned by the many well-wishers who passed by the project!

Residents from nearby apartments, homes and the adjacent Riverfront Regional Park will also benefit from these site improvements.
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MNDOT, MPCA, Conservation Corps MN
For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594