City Detail

Background Information

City of Kasson
County: Dodge
Population: 5931
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 38
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Nancy Zaworski
City Staff
507-634-6321
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: 27
1 star actions: 11
2 star actions: 6
3 star actions: 1

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 star - Action 1:

Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
We currently have eight municipal buildings for which we enter and track electric and heat data: City Hall, Public Utilities Building, Police Department, Fire Department, Library, Liquor Store, Ice Arena, and our Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We occassionally review the infomation to catch variances and to monitor overall trends. Occassionally changes/upgrades are made and we observe the data to monitor expected reductions in energy usage.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
RETAP has conducted energy audits for our City Hall, Library, Liquor Store, Public Utilities Building, and Fire Hall. In 2012, we had an energy audit on our ICe Arena and in 2013 we had an energy audit of our biggest electric use, our Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We have completed our delamping at City Hall and installed sensor lighting in the hallways, breakroom, etc, and installed a programmable thermostat. We had changed out exterior lighting (approx annual savings of $1,234). All T-12 ceiling lights at the Liquor Store were changed to T-8'2. After the approx $225 annual energy savings, the added benefit was a much brighter retail space! The Liquor replaced the 30 year old cooler doors/lighting with LED lighting. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they cast a much better light!
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
1. The exterior of City Hall was retrofitted with LED and Dark-Sky compliant lighting.
2. We are in the process of entering the GESP program for our ICe Arena.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We will be tracking energy usage at City Hall to guage the effectiveness of our new lighting.
Descriptive File:

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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: Work with the Kasson Electric Utility and MN Energy Resources to promote Home Energy Audits (subsized by Kasson Electric and MN Energy Resources). Promote the free installation of load controllers for residents and small business (who have central air). Also, work with individual businesses and offer subsidies for energy-saving improvements. Promotion efforts are through the monthly city newsletter, a note in the mothly utility billing, Facebook, billboard outside of town, and working with local electricians to promote the business subsidies. In 2013, we are offering additional classes on rain gardens, electric and water conservation, and Winterization Tips for homeowners.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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:
Completed:

1)In 2009 a water conservation rate structure was implemented.
2) We have an active rebate program for Energy Star-rated appliances.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Water Rate Structure:

CUSTOMER CLASS 2009 (Effective 12-15-2009)

WATER
Residential Base $6.29
0-5,000 $2.50
5,001-10,000 $3.13
10,001 and up $3.91
(25,000 cap removed)
Addt'l Mtr is Base + $3.91

Commercial:
Base $12.58
0-10,000 $2.50
10,001-100,000 $3.13
100,001 and up $3.91

Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

Not rated - 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:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: Researching replacement of inefficient Street Lighting. Are constructin a sample area for LED, Dark-Sky compliant street lighting to determine efficiency and to guage resident impressions.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
We have installed two solar blinking crosswalk caution signs. We have planned for 1 parking lot light at City Hall which will be LED soalr powered.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
1 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
In 2012, exterior buidling lighting on City Hall and the two parking lot lights replaced with LED Dark Sky compliance lights.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

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:
Completed: An updated and revised Comprehensive Plan was adopted 4/27/2011 by the City Council. During the process of review, numerous suggestions were made for incorporation into the Comprehensive Plan to support and increase the sustainability of our community. Several of the suggestons were incorporated into the final adopted plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: Our codes refer to our comprehensive plan and specifically references the plan as the foundation document for decision making.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Transportation Transportation

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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: We promote walking and biking through use of a path/trail map and signage. We are in discussions with the County and the neighboring City to coordinate the signage for all paths and trails.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Summer 2017: Through the use of Dodge County SHIP grant, we installed a few bike stations.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
We have completed the plan in collaboration with the school district, the City of Mantorville, and Dodge County. Findings will be incorporated into our Comprehensive Plan, our decision-making, and we are applying for grants to implement certain aspects of the plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Final Report Draft on file (and attached).
Descriptive File: view file
Dodge County, City of Mantorville, K-M School District
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

Not rated - 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:
Underway: Construction a local purchasing Policy and working with the Chamber of Commerce, which already promotes buying local.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: City is researching this as an action for future purchases. Inquiries have already been made with current providers of printing services.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: We are into our 32nd year as a Tree City USA.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: We are currently at a tree canopy for 75% for residential areas and continuously budget for this.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Underway: The Park and Recreation Department has studied gaps in the city park system and works to contiuously remedy those gaps.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City has already determined and documented that all residents are within 1/2 mile of a park or protected green space.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

Not rated - Action 1:

Compare the energy use and financial performance of your facilities with other peer plants using standardized, free tools.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Underway: The City will be comparing the energy use and performance of our facilities with other peer plants.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Completed: The City has an on-going program to tackle its inflow and infiltration issues, which include televising, sump pump programs (gutters and foundation drains), and smoke testing; with followup action to remedy any situations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Underway: Have initially organized community members for input as to the direction of the City and primarily to determine what actions to promote sustainability in the community. We are also working collaboratively with the neighboring City of Mantorville and Dodge County.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 4:

Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: Through partnership with community members, the City of Mantorville and Dodge County, will be planning educationa nd action canpaigns.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

Not rated - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: Researching information to promote green businesses.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 7:

Conduct or participate in a buy local campaign for community members and local businesses.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: Will work with local Chamber to promote buying local.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 5:

Install a public sector/municipally-owned renewable energy technology, such as solar electric (PV), wind, biomass, solar hot water/air, or micro-hydro.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Underway: MN Office of Energy Security PV Solar Project- Local Government Renewable Energy Grant. A solar-panelt Project will be installed on City Hall. Payback for the City-portion of the project will be about 12 years. To be completed July 2011.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321

Local Food {BP no.27}

Not rated - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: Currently considereing the establishment of a community garden.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
Not rated - Action 4:

Measurably increase institutional buying, and sales through groceries and restaurants.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Incomplete: Will be looking at campaigns to promote backyard gardening and purchasing local and Minnesota-grown food. We have just received "Minnesota Grown" directories available now at our Library.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321