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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
MN Office of Energy Security PV Solar Project- Local Government Renewable Energy Grant. A solar panel project will be installed on City Hall. Payback for the City's portion of the project will be about 12 years. To be completed July 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.