City Detail

Background Information

City of Mounds View
County: Ramsey
Population: 12155
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 52
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Nick Henly
City Staff
763-717-4020
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 1 ( )

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: 8
1 star actions: 2
2 star actions: 4
3 star actions: 1

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

Pending - 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:
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Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View has two existing facilities in B3 Benchmarking, City Hall and the Mounds View Community Center. Currently, a new Public Works Facility is under construction and will be added to B3 once that work is concluded.
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For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020
1 star - Action 6: Improve the operations & maintenance of city-owned/school buildings and leased buildings by using a customized online energy efficiency tool, asset management tool, green building framework or green lease.
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Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View is implementing the Energy Efficiency Operations Manual for City Hall. Currently the HVAC system is in operation 24/7. By adjusting this the city will likely see a reduction of up to 90 hours for a significant portion of the building.
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For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020

Land Use Land Use

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

2 star - Action 1: Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.
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Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View has a current Comprehensive Plan that was approved by the Metropolitan Council on December 9, 2009 and approved by the City Council on February 8, 2010. This plan looks out to the year 2030.
- City Wide Goal - "Urban Design Goal: The City will strive to improve the appearance of the community, maintain compatible land uses and encourage a sensitive integration among activities, man-made facilities and the natural environment." This goal addresses land use and integration between development/redevelopment and natural areas.
- Land Use Goal - Mixed Use Goal 1: Create sustainable commercial and medium-high density residential land areas that provide services, active living opportunities, life-cycle housing, and enhances the City’s brand, identity and quality of life.

Mounds View is also in the process of updating this plan by 2018.
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For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 1: Certify as a Tree City USA.
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Implementation details:
City of Mounds View has been a certified 30 year Tree City, the current 2017 Forestry budget is $43,300. In addition, there is a citizen's commission, Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission that addresses urban forestry within the City of Mounds View.
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For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

3 star - Action 5: Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:
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Implementation details:
Beginning in 2008 the City of Mounds View undertook a comprehensive Street and Utility Improvement Program (Program) that reconstructed approximately 26 miles (roughly 68%) of existing city streets. As part of this program the city installed numerous infiltration basins (rain gardens) throughout the Program area. The basins allowed for infiltration as well as reduced the amount of stormwater entering the underground system. The city and Rice Creek Watershed District inspect these basins on a regular basis. The city is in the process of developing a citizen education program to assist residents with maintenance and upkeep of these features.
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Rice Creek Watershed District
For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

2 star - Action 1: Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.
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Implementation details:
The City of Mounds View has completed two segments of trail along Mounds View Boulevard (CSAH 10) in 2016. These two segments provided a connection along a busy, divided four lane highway. The first segment connected existing trail on the north side of Mounds View Blvd that ended at Red Oak Drive to newly constructed sidewalk at Groveland Road. The second segment connected an existing section of trail on the south side of Mounds View Blvd that ended at Edgewood Drive to existing trail at Woodale Drive. This trail project also provided new LED lighting fixtures along the trail to allow for use throughout the day.

The city also constructed a sidewalk link from the intersection of Hillview Road and Lois Drive south and east along Hillview Road to Quincy Street and the then south to County Road I. Thus providing a better alternative than the street to students walking to school at Pinewood Elementary School at the south east intersection of Quincy and CR I.
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For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

2 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:
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Implementation details:
The Mounds View City Code - Title 907 makes is unlawful to discharge storm water into the sanitary sewer system. Connections from sump systems to the sanitary system were inspected within they last 10 years. Public Works Operators review sanitary lines via camera on a routine basis with a goal of inspecting approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the city annually. During this inspection the operators will regularly note any areas where I/I is apparent as well as any services that appear to be discharging clean, clear water on a regular basis.

I/I is being addressed by an ongoing sanitary sewer lining project that lines appoximately 5,000 feet per year. The goal is to complete the lining of all vitrified clay tile pipe by 2028. Those areas exhibiting the highest I/I are being addressed first. In addition, as our street program continues those areas with sewer in poor condition are seeing the VCT replaced with PVC sewer pipe to eliminate the I/I issues experienced in the past.
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Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

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.
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Implementation details:
As part of an Energy Saving Partnership with Trane, the City of Mounds View installed photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on top of City Hall and the Mounds View Community Center. The total installed capacity is 80kW between these two facilities. Generation statistics are displayed at each of these facilities via a monitor in the entry way. The city has realized savings based on this installed capacity since September 2016.
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For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff) | Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org | 763-717-4020