City Detail

Background Information

City of Hastings
County: Washington,Dakota
Population: 22500
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 149
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Megan Schlei
City Staff
651-480-6159
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 3 ( )

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: 73
1 star actions: 36
2 star actions: 28
3 star actions: 5

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The city has meter data dating back to 2010 uploaded into the B3 Benchmarking program for the regularly staffed city buildings
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Minnesota GreenCorps
For more information contact:
Megan Schlei (City Staff) | MSchlei@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6159
2 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:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
This has been completed for City Hall, Fire Dept, Police Dept, LeDuc Historic Estate, and Public Works buildings.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kurt Stoudt (City staff) | kstoudt@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2350
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:
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Implementation details:
The City has been reducing the number of servers it has by moving to a virtualized computer infrastructure. We will complete virtualization in 2017 pending approval of funding.
Additionally, all desktop computers, monitors, and notebook computers are EnergyStar certified and EPEAT Gold compliant. For details on specific products we purchase, please visit the links below:
Desktop Computers: https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-computers/details/2245425.
Notebook Computers:
http://i.dell.com/sites/doccontent/shared-content/solutions/en/Documents/latit_e5540_p35f001_us.pdf
Monitors:
https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-displays/details/2257625.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Alan Nordquist (City staff) | anordquist@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2358

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Hastings has a watering ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

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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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The city uses LED's in areas, no solar powered lighting yet.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kurt Stoudt (City staff) | kstoudt@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2350

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Hastings has historic preservation ordinances/regulations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326

Land Use Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans {BP no.6}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Adopted
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
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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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Adopted
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
2 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:
Included. Intergovernmental cooperation for land use and transportation through Metropolitan Council. Watershed impacts through Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization. Economic Development through Greater MSP and Dakota County Community Development Agency.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
2 star - Action 4:

Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Included. Hastings Comprehensive Plan – Land Use Plan – Objective 2
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

2 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:
Density allowed per Planned Residential Development Requirements in the R-3 Zoning District. Minimum density of 14 units per acre allowed in the DC Zoning District, with no prescribed maximum density.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
2 star - Action 2:

Achieve higher density housing through at least two of the following strategies:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Flexible lot size/frontage requirement for infill development allowed through Planned Residential Development regulations and within the R-4, RMU, and DC Zoning Districts.
Accessory dwellings allowed per achievement of minimum lots size for a 2nd dwelling unit in the R-2 an R-3 Zoning Districts.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
1 star - Action 3:

Achieve higher intensity commercial/industrial land uses through at least one of the following strategies:

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Commercial district with reduced lot sizes included within the DC Zoning District.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
1 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:
Tax Increment Financing available within the Downtown to incentivize redevelopment.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Heart of Hastings Neighborhood Plan – 2002; Vermillion Corridor Plan – 2006; Comprehensive Plan 2007-2008 (will review again in 2017-18)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
1 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:
City Hall, County Courthouse, and Schools all in close proximity to City Loop Trail System.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
2 star - Action 5:

Have a downtown zoning district that allows residential and compatible commercial development.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed DC and RMU Zoning Districts exist and have been implemented within Downtown.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
1 star - Action 6:

Incorporate form-based zoning approaches into the zoning code, in those areas where a diverse mix of uses is desired.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The DC Zoning District is a form based.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
2 star - Action 7:

Create incentives for vertical mixed-use development in appropriate locations (downtown, commercial districts near colleges or universities, historic commercial districts).

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The DC Zoning District does not have a prescribed maximum density limit.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378

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:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Vermillion Development Guidelines
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
1 star - Action 2:

Participate in regional economic development planning with representatives from surrounding townships, cities, the county and business interests to:

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Implementation details:
Participate in the Dakota County Community and Economic Development Group. Participate in Metropolitan Council, Economic Development Association of Minnesota, and Greater MSP.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378
1 star - Action 4:

Adopt development policies for large-format developments, zoning for auto-oriented commercial districts at the sub-urban edge and/or in tightly defined and smaller urban development corridors/nodes that have some bike/walk/transit access.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The existing C-2 – Highway Auto Highway Specialized Commerce District has been implemented.
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

3 star - Action 7:

Be recognized under the Bird City Minnesota or Community Wildlife Habitat program.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
The City of Hastings became Minnesota's Bird City on April 23rd, 2016. The Parks and Recreation Department manages 33 sites where people can get outside and enjoy bird watching.
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For more information contact:
Megan Schlei (City Staff) | MSchlei@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6159

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:
Year action initially completed: n/a
Implementation details:
The City does not have a formal “complete streets” policy, However, we have routinely addressed this matter in every infrastructure project we perform that involved street construction/reconstruction, by reviewing the City’s comprehensive sidewalk and trails plan to determine if facilities were prescribed for the project area. We also take note of any apparent needs for adding pedestrian and/or bicycle facilities through observation as well as project stakeholder feedback.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.

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Implementation details:
Green infrastructure – when public and public Right of Way space affords and subterranean geological conditions allow, the City evaluates the feasibility and practicality of installing non-traditional stormwater conveyance and treatment best management practices. Recent installations of these sorts of implements include a modification of the Conzemius Park ponding basing to promote and allow added infiltration capacity, linear raingarden ditches alongside reconstructed streets in the Hastings Industrial & Business Park, bioswales in two recently reconstructed parking lots in Downtown Hastings, and the additional of on-site raingarden/infiltration basins at our Public Works facility when the site was redeveloped.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
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.

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Implementation details:
A very relevant example is our proposed extension of a grade-separated trail along Bailly Street to interconnect pre-existing segments of the Mississippi River Trail system within the City. We also have completed a number of trail projects in the last decade to better serve this segment of the traveling public as well as to interconnect park facilities and schools with neighborhoods.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
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:
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Implementation details:
We have done this on our 10th street project.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 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:
We have trail maps as well as trail signage. Recently the City of Hastings has started to use Zagster, a bike rental program, to encourage use of the extensive bike trails and also to encourage biking as a mode of transportation vs. just a physical activity or hobby.
Hastings also has a park-and-ride lot downtown to encourage carpooling.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
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:
Regina Medical has a program called A Healthier Hastings for All (AH-HA) that is focused on the Hastings community and increasing exercise and adopting healthier eating habits.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
2 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:
Beginning Sep 6, 2016 Hastings will introduce its new transit option; the LOOP. This service will operate every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with service starting on September 6th.The LOOP is a dial-a-ride* transportation service offered by the non-profit group, DARTS. This circulator bus will operate on a loop around the city with scheduled stops and the flexibility to request a stop nearby.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
3 star - Action 6:

Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has worked with DARTS to add a transit option called the LOOP. This LOOP bus will operate on a loop around the city with scheduled stops and the flexibility to request a stop nearby. This service will begin September 6, 2016.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

1 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.

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Implementation details:
This is done as part of the annual budget process.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Dakota County Fleet Management; downsized/more efficient vehicles
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
1 star - Action 4:

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Our police department has bike patrol.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326

Demand-Side Travel Planning {BP no.14}

1 star - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
We currently have maximum parking standards applicable to all zoning districts.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378

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:
Hastings City Council approved the attached policy on September 6, 2016 outlining the requirements for environmentally preferable purchasing for all city departments.

In addition to the environmentally preferable purchasing policy, Hastings Parks Department has made the switch to using Revolution Bag for all of the parks trash bins in the City. Revolution Bag makes their trash liners out of recycled agricultural plastic at an affordable price and without losing quality.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Megan Schlei (City Staff) | MSchlei@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6159
1 star - Action 3:

Establish a local purchasing preference and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
By practice we at the City of Hastings seek to purchase local.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
1 star - Action 4:

Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Hastings City Council approved the attached policy on September 6, 2016 outlining the requirements for purchasing WaterSense certified products.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Megan Schlei (City Staff) | MSchlei@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6159
1 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:
Our Engineering Specifications for street projects speak to this requirement. However, it is widely variable and depends on the infrastructure challenge at hand.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
1 star - Action 6:

Require printing services to be purchased from companies certified by Minnesota Great Printers or by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.

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Implementation details:
Most of our printing is done by Graphic Design here in Hastings who is a MN certified Great Printer.
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For more information contact:
Lee Stoffel (City staff) | lstoffel@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2344

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

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Implementation details:
Hastings has been a Tree City for 19 years.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
2 star - Action 3:

Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Hastings plants nearly 30 trees each year as part of Arbor Day activities. Currently utilizing i-tree to conduct tree inventory for trees on City property.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Chris Jenkins (City staff) | cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6176
1 star - Action 4:

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

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Implementation details:
Adding trees downtown as a part of the Riverfront Renaissance project during Phase 3.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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Implementation details:
We have a policy relating to protecting trees on public and private parcels affected by city planning and regulatory processes.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
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 of Hastings employs a City Forester.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 star - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
A storm water utility was adopted in 2010. Exemptions resulting in fee reductions may be granted provided a property owner meets certain storm water runoff volume and parcel area requirements.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
John Caven (City staff) | jcaven@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2369

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

2 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:
We will be completing a gap in the trail system in Hastings in 2016.

In 2017, a gap on the 10 Mile Loop trail was completed. This trail section created an off street connection between C.P. Adams Park and Vermillion Falls Park.

In 2018, as part of the Hwy 61 Bridge project, a pedestrian path was constructed to the north side of the Mississippi River where South Washington County planned to build a trail to Point Douglas Park on the St. Croix River.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Chris Jenkins (City staff) | cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6176
1 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for a network of parks, green spaces, water features and trails for areas where new development is planned.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
This is part of the City's park dedication policy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Chris Jenkins (City staff) | cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6176
3 star - Action 3:

Achieve minimum levels of city green space and maximize the percent within a ten-minute walk of community members.

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Implementation details:
18.61 acres of park land per 1,000 residents, 20% of total city land is in protected green infrastructure, 90% or more of residents are within on-half mile of park or other protected green/blue space
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Chris Jenkins (City staff) | cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6176
1 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:
Native landscaping utilized in many parks, notably in Levee Park as part of Riverfront Renaissance Phase 2.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Chris Jenkins (City staff) | cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6176
2 star - Action 8:

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

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There is an organization of community members in Hastings called the Hastings Environmental Protectors (HEP) that aims to do this.
Through the City there are opportunities for the community to participate in the Annual Park Cleanup Day, Arbor Day tree planting, and Adopt-a-Park Program.
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For more information contact:
Chris Jenkins (City staff) | cjenkins@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6176

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.

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This has been done.
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For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
Pending - Action 6:

Implement an existing TMDL implementation plan.

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This plan is already in place.
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For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

1 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for motor maintenance and upgrades so as to assure the most energy efficient, durable and appropriate equipment is available when upgrades or break downs occur.

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Energy efficient equipment is always a strong consideration whenever we make a purchase, construct a new facility, or conduct a rehabilitation project. We also must balance this with compatibility with existing systems, knowledge and experience of operations staff working with the equipment, and product reliability/quality.
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For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
1 star - Action 3:

Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.

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We do not have a strong issue with inflow and infiltration on our sanitary sewer system, and therefore it is not a focus of our CIP budgeting work. Nevertheless, during the course of infrastructure project, we specify water-tight piping systems for new installations and rehabilitation projects aim at this same goal. It is an inherent part of what we do as we engineer our systems.
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For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
Pending - Action 6:

Implement a wastewater plant efficiency project (co-generation, water reuse) or a program for local private business operations (water conservation, water reuse, business co-location).

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The City’s current water conservation measures is through ordinances that restrict lawn watering to odd-even cycle from May through September. The upcoming Utility Rate Study will provide an opportunity to explore other areas of potential advancement on this topic.
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For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
1 star - Action 7:

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

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The City’s current water conservation measures is through ordinances that restrict lawn watering to odd-even cycle from May through September.  The upcoming Utility Rate Study will provide an opportunity to explore other areas of potential advancement on this topic.
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For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370

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.

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Dakota County has assistance programs for people that qualify. We have a joint agreement where the county reminds the homeowners of the need to pump every 3 years and the report of compliance and non-compliance comes to us yearly. We handle the enforcement end.
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For more information contact:
Tom Bakken (City staff) | tbakken@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2375
1 star - Action 2:

Use a community process to address failing septic systems.

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We have the rules of the MSTS 7080 to deal with any septic’s that do not pass a compliance inspection
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For more information contact:
Tom Bakken (City staff) | tbakken@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2375
2 star - Action 3:

Clarify/establish one or more responsible management entities for the proper design, siting, installation, operation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.

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We permit septic installations and do a review of the design, soils, monitoring (if required by code) to Minnesota rules 7080 through 7083 and Dakota County Ordinances
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For more information contact:
Tom Bakken (City staff) | tbakken@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2375
2 star - Action 4:

Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.

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We have an ordinance addressing septic’s that was approved by the State MPCA
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For more information contact:
Tom Bakken (City staff) | tbakken@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2375

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 1:

Improve city operations and procurement to prevent and reuse, recycle and compost waste from all public facilities (including libraries, parks, schools, municipal health care facilities), and minimize use of toxics and generation of hazardous waste.

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Dakota County Solid Waste Ordinance 110 requires each municipality in the Dakota County to have a solid waste abatement program that is consistent with the Dakota County Solid Waste Master Plan. The City of Hastings has The Community Funding Program Grant and the primary purposes are to: ensure that residents have the opportunity to recycle; and to develop, implement, and maintain projects, programs, practices, and methods to meet waste abatement objectives as described in the Master Plan. The Municipality has a goal to reduce waste by 4-6% and recycling/composting 75% of waste by 2030. Through the Community Funding Program with Dakota County, municipalities receive funding to ensure recycling opportunities exist for residents and in public spaces that the municipality has control over including our city of Hastings parks, buildings, and city-sponsored events.

Currently recycling opportunities exists in 35 city parks and athletic areas. The primary city-sponsored event, Rivertown Days, held in July which welcomes 18,000-20,000 residents, provides recycling containers next to every trash container.
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For more information contact:
Paige Marschall (City staff) | pmarschall@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6182
Not rated - Action 2:

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

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According to Dakota County, the City of Hastings should have a goal to recycle and compost 75% of its waste by 2030. Recycling must be available for city employees. Public entities in Minnesota must comply with MN Stat 115A.151 to maintain recycling program for facilities under the municipality’s control.
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For more information contact:
Paige Marschall (City staff) | pmarschall@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6182
1 star - Action 3:

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

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The City of Hastings has a contract with our Hauler, Tennis Sanitation, which helps us recycle at all city buildings, parks, and city-sponsored events. We currently divert waste through the option of recycling. Tennis Sanitation provides us with quarterly reports Our Hastings Civic Arena currently has the option of composting organics to divert trash. Our Environmental assistance grant helps with educational outreach and provides organics bins.
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For more information contact:
Paige Marschall (City staff) | pmarschall@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6182
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.

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The City of Hastings municipality helps advertise opportunities for reuse and repair in Dakota County, including monthly Fix-It Clinics to assist residents in repairing household items; reuse area of The Recycling Zone; and, the Dakota County Reuse Guide, which lists donation resources.
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For more information contact:
Paige Marschall (City staff) | pmarschall@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6182

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:

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We have educational materials/pamphlets for the public.  In addition, this information is attached to our open burning permits and on the city website.
There is also educational materials/pamphlets for the public relating to the installation of stoves.
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For more information contact:
Mike Schutt (City staff) | mschutt@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6154

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.

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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
Hastings Environmental Protectors (HEP) is an existing group made up of Hastings residents who share a common interest in environmental health and sustainability efforts. The group has agreed to assist the City in its ongoing participation in the GreenStep Cities program. The group will help to identify outcome metrics as well as opportunities for achieving additional best practices. The City and HEP will team up to develop a sustainability report that will contain data showing the progress that has been made as well as summaries of other related efforts. This report will be made available to the public and will be used as a tool to report to the City Council.
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For more information contact:
Megan Schlei (City Staff) | MSchlei@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6159
2 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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Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
The City of Hastings produces a formal budget document outlining outcome measures for most city departments. The City has the budget documents for the current year as well as 5 years prior available on its website. The City also reports progress on current projects to the residents through its newsletter "Rivertown News". This newsletter is updated and mailed at least twice a year to 11,000 households in city limits and a digital copy is available on the City website.

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For more information contact:
Lee Stoffel (City staff) | lstoffel@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2344

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

3 star - Action 3:

Promote sustainable tourism in your city, and green tourism resources to tourism and hospitality businesses in/around the city.

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Hastings is a designated Bike City and the addition of the Zagster bike rentals helps to promote green tourism in our city.
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For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
2 star - Action 5:

Lower the environmental and health risk footprint of a brownfield remediation/redevelopment project beyond regulatory requirements; report brightfield projects.

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Hudson Manufacturing – Rehabilitation of an Industrial Manufacturing building for mixed residentialcommercial use and environmental cleanup of site contaminants.
- Block 1 (Artspace) – environmental cleanup and removal of industrial structures for future mixed residentialcommercial use
- Napa Auto – Removal of a former gas station and construction of a new commercial structure.
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378

Local Food {BP no.27}

1 star - Action 3:

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

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From mid-June through November the Westview Shopping Center hosts the local Farmer's Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Hastings also has Spiral Natural Foods, a local whole foods store.
The hospital in Hastings has a community garden as well as Spring Lake Park Reserve, a regional county park located in Hastings.
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For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts {BP no.28}

Pending - Action 3:

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

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A. Shared parking allowed in DC Zoning District but not required.
C. Most commercial districts are within walking distance of residential areas though it's not a requirement.
D. The City and HEDRA promote the use of renovated buildings though it is not a requirement.
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For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff) | jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2378

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

2 star - Action 1:

Prepare to maintain public health and safety during extreme weather and climate-change-related events, while also taking a preventive approach to reduce risk for community members.

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Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
In Dakota County, both emergency management and homeland security are coordinated in a comprehensive program under Dakota County Emergency Management. Dakota County works with local municipalities (including Hastings), neighboring counties in the metro region, private and non-profit organizations, and state and federal partners to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents ranging from weather to terrorism. Hastings’ Emergency Management Team is made up of police and fire officials. The function of emergency management is to prepare and maintain state and federally approved Emergency Disaster plans; assist businesses and other departments within the city with developing contingency emergency plans; locate and secure resources from within and outside the city; regularly execute drills to ensure the highest possible state of readiness; develop and maintain volunteer groups with appropriate training to assist in situation; disseminate information regarding disaster and emergency preparedness; and maintain outdoor warning sirens. Information and instructions about emergency situations will be disseminated to all major local media outlets (TV, Radio, Newspapers) by the Community Relations Coordinator to ensure all community areas are reached. The City of Hastings’ Emergency Management plan has been approved by the State of Minnesota, Division of Homeland Security and identifies who is responsible for City preparedness. The City of Hastings partners with Dakota County to create our All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which has been approved by FEMA. Current plan was approved in 2014.
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For more information contact:
Mike Schutt (City staff) | mschutt@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-6154