City Detail

Background Information

City of New Ulm
County: Brown
Population: 13242
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 100
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Derek Nelson
City Staff
507-233-2110
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution:
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.

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 3

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

Pending - Action 1:

Enter/update building information into the MN B3 Benchmarking database, and routinely enter monthly usage data for all city-owned buildings/infrastructure that consume energy/water.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
The City of New Ulm has data entered for 16 buildings. Data on sites was initially entered in 2011 and was updated beginning in 2020 onward. Data is entered at a minimal four times a year to keep data current. Data entered for various city owned buildings range from electricity, natural gas, water, and steam. B3 benchmarking has been used to show others of past energy efficient endeavors and how those actions helped correct energy misuse and reduce consumption. Reports gathered from B3 benchmarking will be sent to department heads and utilized by our Energy Awareness Commission for thoughts and recommendations within City/PUC buildings. Data will likely be used to advertise to community members on energy savings accomplished by the City/PUC in newsletters and other means (i.e., home and health show). Additionally, within B3 Benchmarking it was found two buildings have great opportunity for improvement. Energy audits will be scheduled for these locations to reduce electric and natural gas consumption.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Derek Nelson (City Staff) | DerekN@newulmmn.gov | 507-233-2110
Pending - 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: 2018
Implementation details:
Since 2018, City and Public Utility buildings have regularly upgraded lighting. Over twenty separate lighting upgrades have occurred within multiple locations. First year savings from these upgrades resulted in 49.1 kW, 152,819 kWh, and $18,211. Each year department supervisors’ budget to finish sections of buildings yet completed. City owned (non-utility) buildings also received rebates totaling $13,054 allowing the average payback to be 3.4 years.
Public utility buildings have received some rebates from their wholesale power supplier to off-set the cost and payback.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Derek Nelson (City Staff) | DerekN@newulmmn.gov | 507-233-2110

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

Pending - 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: 2016
Implementation details:
The City of New Ulm has a 13-mile bike/walking loop around the city. The paved recreation trail is marked by "bike route" and "1/2 mile" markers which also includes benches along the way.

Maps of the trail can also be obtained though the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and Explore Minnesota webpages. The City of New Ulm has also included the bike trail on its webpage GIS portal that all can view.

New Ulm has been a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community since 2017.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Derek Nelson (City Staff) | DerekN@newulmmn.gov | 507-233-2110