City Detail

Background Information

City of Lexington
County: Anoka
Population: 2068
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 9
Participating township, county, school: City of Lexington

GreenStep Coordinator

Brenda Beaudet
City Staff
763-784-2792
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: 25
1 star actions: 11
2 star actions: 3

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

1 star - Action 1:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach/incentive program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Promote a marketing and out reach program
We have now included a brochure in all of building packets that go out.


Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
Pending - Action 2:

Integrate green building and EV charging best practices information and assistance into the building permit process.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Efficient exiting Private Buildings
Odd/even water watering restriction
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
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:
Implementation details:
Conserving drinking/groundwater resource by adopting a watering ordinance
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

Pending - 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:
Implementation details:
Working on get getting the city inside and outside light updated
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
Pending - Action 7:

Replace city-owned parking lot/ramp lighting with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
We are working on getting new updated lighting for parking lights and building
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

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:
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington has updated there Comprehensive Plan to help guide development and redevelopment of the City, as well as protect the natural environment. This document fulfills planning requirements under the Metropolitan Land Planning Act and replaces the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 1982 and 1999.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

Pending - Action 1:

Limit barriers to higher density housing by including in the city zoning ordinance and zoning map:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Limited Barrie's to high density by the city rezoning
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Neighborhood single family destiny at 7 units per new acre or greater
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
posted on our website and cable channel are Metro Mobility Bus, Local Cab service, senior Linkage Link 651-641-8612
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
We have already using EnergyStar certified equipment and appliances. WE also use paper that are at least 30% recycled paper
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
Pending - Action 2:

Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
City hall uses paper that is at least 30% post consumer recycled content paper.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 star - 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:
Implementation details:
The printers we use are are part of Hp Eagle Solutions which is certified by Minnesota Great Printers plus the use post consumer recycled content paper
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

Pending - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
BUDGETING FOR 2 NEW PARKS. Achieve URBAN CANOPY/TREE PLANTING GOALS
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
RAIN GARDEN/INFILTRATION PRACTICES-THESE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE NEW PARKS. WE ALSO HAVE A FEW RESIDENTS THAT CURRENTLY HAVE RAIN GARDENS IN THE YARD
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

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:
Implementation details:
The City has identified 2 parks that need to be revitalized in order for the families of Lexington to have full use of parks.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
Pending - 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:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City has identified 2 parks in our city that need restructuring. We have started to raise money and looking for grants. There has been plans drawn and approved by city council. The park is now in the budgeting stage. The parks will contain green spaces, water gardens trails and new play.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

Not rated - 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:
We are currently above the required 50% and on well on our way to 75% that will be required by 2030 imposed by Governor Dayton as of 1/1/2016
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
Pending - 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:
SOLID WASTE ABATEMENT THROUGH ANOKA COUNTY
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
RECYCLE REUSE AND REDUCE ON OUR WEBSITE AND IN OUR NEWLETTER
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
Pending - 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:
WE HAVE 4 GARBAGE COMPANIES THAT SERVICE THE CITY OF LEXINGTON
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 star - Action 2:

Regulate outdoor wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
IN OUR CITY IN OUR CODE BOOK ORDINANCE 05-05 CHAPTER 10 SECTION 10.41 THE CITY REGULATE OUTDOOR BURNING. MUST HAVE A LICENSE.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
Renewable Energy--We have solar energy standards already in place. It is part of our cities code.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Local Food {BP no.27}

1 star - Action 2:

Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington does allow chickens with a permit from the city. They can only have 4 females chickens. They must have a coop- a structure for keeping or housing the chickens is permitted by the ordinance with a fully enclosed run an covered area attached to a coop where the chickens can roam unsupervised.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
We have a farmers market that is located at one of our city parking lots. It's once a week
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Julie VanderBloomer
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts {BP no.28}

Pending - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington has a small shopping mall that has be updated recently. Most of the stores have been updated and remodeled in their original locations. The mall is located with in walking distance of most of our residents and the parking lot is shared by all stores.We also have a new dentist office that remodeled a gas station into their offices. With the new construction on the shopping center holding ponds were created for storm water run off.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792