City Detail

Background Information

City of Oakdale
County: Washington
Population: 28115
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 101
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Jen Hassebroek
City Staff
651-730-2723
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 5 ( )

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: 54
1 star actions: 20
2 star actions: 21
3 star actions: 12

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 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.

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Implementation details:
Annually enter all city-owned building information into MN B3 database.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 2:

Make no/low cost indoor lighting and operational changes in city-owned/school buildings to reduce energy costs.

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A variety of no/low cost measures have been implemented at city facilities, specifically City Hall, since the summer of 2010. Reminders were posted to shut lighting off in non-essential areas when not in use. Lighting was updated from T12 to T8 throughout the building. Computers across the city were set to auto-sleep mode to save energy when not in use. HVAC controls were adjusted to keep the building at a more even temperature, reducing the use of personal heaters/fans in offices. Timers were placed on coffee pots and other appliances to limit the hours of actual use.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
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.

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Implementation details:
This retrofitting project replaced 20+-year old HVAC equipment at Oakdale City Hall with new high-efficiency equipment. As part of this project, the following improvements were made:
a. Boiler replacement: The aging boiler system was removed and replaced with 2 Hydrotherm KN-series cast iron high-efficiency boilers rated at 600 MBH input - rated 99% efficient  with an expected yearly energy cost savings of $1,900;
b. Condensing unit replacement: The 20-year old condensing unit was replaced with a Carrier 40T unit with an eer rating of 11.5, R410a and VFD installation. The expected yearly energy cost savings is $5,600 over the current equipment;
c. Rooftop unit replacement: The 25 year old low-efficiency rooftop unit was replaced with a Carrier 20 ton capacity unit with an 11.5 eer rating.

The project received $13,900 in rebates from Xcel Energy for installing energy efficient technology.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 4:

Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads, building energy use and workflow efficiency.

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All city computers automatically programmed to go into sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity. Office and meeting room lighting is turned off when space is unoccupied. Staff is encouraged to share ideas to reduce energy use and save the city money by submitting ideas to the Innovation Committee. Staff who submit actions that are implemented city-wide receive recognition and a gift card.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 7:

Install for one or more city-owned/school buildings one of the following efficiency measures:

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Completed installation of water-source, closed loop geothermal heat pump system at our Public Works facility. The system was designed to replace the traditional HVAC equipment that heated/cooled the facility. The new system utilizes an existing and clean energy source, the nearby water filtration facility.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

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.

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The city was selected as a participant in the One-Stop Community Energy Services pilot program run by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). Metro CERT was also a partner in the pilot program, assisting with the organization of and outreach for workshops. In the fall of 2008 the city held workshops where residents learned about energy efficiency and conservation opportunities at home, focusing on low and no-cost actions. Attendees received a number of free materials, including: compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, programmable thermostats, pipe wrap, faucet aerators, gasket seals, power strips, LED night lights, and LED holiday lights. They also had the opportunity to sign up for a home visit with CEEs energy consultants, during which they would do a walkthrough of the home and install energy-saving materials. 59 households in Oakdale signed up to participate in the pilot, which later grew into the broader Energy Efficient Cities program.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Center for Energy and Environment; Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 4:

Describe energy/water efficiency outcomes and other green building practices at businesses and not-for-profit organizations located within/nearby the city.

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There are currently three commercial properties in Oakdale that have received ENERGY STAR designation as a result of documenting their energy use: Oaks Business Park, Target and Kmart.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
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.

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Implementation details:
The City of Oakdale has a long-standing odd/even lawn watering ordinance. The city also implements a three-tiered residential water rate structure and a four-tiered commercial rate structure to encourage water conservation.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 6:

Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who add energy/sustainability improvements, meet the SB 2030 energy standard, or renovate using a green building or energy framework.

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Implementation details:
Generation Green is a voluntary initiative program for the creation of Energy
Efficient, Carbon Reducing buildings. Any new or majorly renovated building will enjoy expedited plan review and a 15% reduction in building permit fees immediately with the application approval from the Inspection department. Any LEED Certified buildings will receive 20%-25% off building permit fees, depending on the certification.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

New Green Buildings {BP no.3}

2 star - Action 1:

Require by city policy that new city-owned buildings be built using the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.

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Implementation details:
Since 2001, city policy has been that any new construction or major remodel of a city facility is required to be built using Oakdale's own Generation Green building program standards. As a result, an addition at public works, a new fire station, and the Discovery Center at Oakdale Nature Preserve were all built to the Generation Green standard. Some of the green building strategies implemented included: increased wall/roof insulation standards, use of recycled construction materials, native habitat landscaping, upgraded HVAC equipment and controls.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 4:

Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who build new buildings that utilize the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
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Implementation details:
Generation Green is a voluntary initiative program for the creation of Energy
Efficient, Carbon Reducing buildings. Any new or majorly renovated building will enjoy expedited plan review and a 15% reduction in building permit fees immediately with the application approval from the Inspection department. Any LEED Certified buildings will receive 20%-25% off building permit fees, depending on the certification.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 5:

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

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Implementation details:
All street projects in the City of Oakdale will now utilize LED lighting technology per city policy. The first street construction project completed under this policy was the Tartan Crossing redevelopment project, with all public improvements completed in the Fall 2012 using LED technology.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
3 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

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All traffic signals in the City of Oakdale utilize LED technology.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 star - Action 5:

Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.

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Oakdale has adopted a concept plan and design standards for the city's largest redevelopment site, the former Oakdale Mall. This nearly-empty, blighted mall sat on 18 acres and was an eyesore in one of the most traveled areas of the city. The city purchased the property and tore the mall down in 2011. The site is now known as Tartan Crossing, and will be a mixed-use development incorporating senior housing, office, and retail space with a focus on walkability and incorporating green space into urban design.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

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 future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

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Year action initially completed: 2011
Implementation details:
The Oakdale City Council approved its 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update in August of 2018. The 2040 Plan is the first in Oakdale's history to include a specific chapter about resilience, as well as a number of goals and policies related to resilience and sustainability interwoven throughout the plan. Policies in the resilience chapter focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, recycling, storm water management, hazard mitigation planning, and healthy food access. The land use chapter included policies around streetscaping and public art. The transportation chapter addressed polices for multi-modal transportation, sidewalk and trail connections, and connections to transit. The water resources chapter called for increased water conservation and flood control.

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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
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.

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The Oakdale Zoning Code includes language incorporating the Comprehensive Plan.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 3:

Include requirements in comprehensive and/or other plans for intergovernmental coordination addressing regional land use and watershed / wellhead impacts, infrastructure, transportation, economic development and city/regional services.

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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
Oakdale's 2040 Comp Plan Update outlines goals and policies requiring intergovernmental coordination on a number of topics including: regional wayfinding signage, transit options, road infrastructure, water quality, affordable housing preservation, labor market training and education, and resilience hazard mitigation.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 4:

Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.

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Chapter 6 of the Comprehensive Plan outlines the findings of the city's Natural Resources Inventory and coordinates them with the goals set for open space acquisition and wetland preservation.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
3 star - Action 5:

Adopt climate mitigation and/or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and include transportation recommendations such as becoming an EV-ready city.

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In it's 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update, the City of Oakdale adopted the following goal: Consistent with State-wide goals, reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2025, and 80% by 2050 from 2007 levels in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the community.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

3 star - Action 4:

Provide incentives for infill projects, or for life-cycle housing at or near job or retail centers, or for achieving an average net residential density of seven units per acre.

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The city utilizes TIF financing to provide incentives for infill development. The city will also pursue grant funding to further facilitate infill projects.

A successful example of this was the TIF financing and grant funds utilized to make the Tartan Crossing project a reality. The city received DEED Redevelopment and Met Council Livable Communities Demonstration grant funds to cover some of the costs of the demolition and public infrastructure portion of the project. TIF is also being utilized.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The mixed use site now features a 92 unit senior facility, a 90,738 SF grocery store, a 4,083 convenience store, and a future retail component.
Descriptive File:
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development; Metropolitan Council
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 1:

Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.

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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
The City has recently completed two community planning processes: for the Gold Line BRT Helmo Station, and the former 3M Foundation Property. The Helmo Station process evaluated development potential for a 1/2 mile radius around the planned Bus Rapid Transit station within Oakdale. The study area currently is both vacant and occupied commercial land, the approved change in zoning to a PUD includeds high and medium density residential, professional office, flex office, retail and park and open space. A consultant was used to facilitate the station area planning process and community open houses, online community engagement, and direct meetings with affected property owners.

Similarly, a consultant was used to facilitate the public planning process for the former 3M Foundation Property, property that was previously zoned for a business park. A small area study was completed and it was determined a new residential neighborhood was the best use for the land. Though a series of public open houses with the adjacent neighborhood a preferred conceptual master plan has been developed and approved by the City Council.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Stantec
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
3 star - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development, to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development, and/or to add sustainability features.

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The Tartan Crossing PUD provides for a compact, walkable, mixed-use development along a key corridor and gateway of Oakdale. Tartan Crossing was formerly a blighted, mostly abandoned shopping mall which was purchased and demolished by the city in 2011 to make room for this mixed use PUD area. The focus of the area is a mix of residential, commercial, and retail uses. The 92-unit Waters of Oakdale senior living facility began construction in 2013, and the city is actively pursuing a mix of commercial and retail uses to fill out the remainder of the site.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a complete streets policy, or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.

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In the Oakdale 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the City Council outlined the following goals for the city's transportation systems:

Goal 1. Collaborate with federal, state, regional agencies, and local jurisdictions on transportation issues to increase connectivity and achieve alternative forms of transportation.

Goal 2. Develop and maintain a safe, efficient, and environmentally sensitive transportation system.

Goal 3. Promote a multi-modal transportation plan that is fully integrated with land use planning. Adopt and enforce access and mobility standards tied to a functional classification system for all of Oakdale's roadways.

The chapter also specifies that the city is to approach transportation in a comprehensive manner giving attention to all modes and related multimodal facilities. Special attention is paid to separating bicyclists and pedestrians, constructing missing links in trail systems, and creating sidewalks in areas that do not currently have one as part of street reconstruction projects. Tree plantings are also part of reconstruction projects.

The city is also currently in the process of creating its' first neighborhood strategic plan, which among other things will focus on creating further multi-modal transportation connections throughout the city. This neighborhood plan will ultimately end up in the city's next comprehensive plan update.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
3 star - Action 5:

Identify and remedy street-trail gaps between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails to better facilitate walking and biking.

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Implementation details:
The Mud Lake Trail and Boardwalk was approved to connect the Oakdale Nature Preserve to Castle Elementary School and residents in the northwest neighborhoods of Oakdale. Currently residents must go around Mud Lake to enter the Nature Preserve or to join up with city trails that connect to the rest of the city. The boardwalk and bituminous trail addition will offer a connection directly to the neighborhood from the Nature Preserve. The trail also has a connection to the nearby Gateway Trail. Construction will begin Fall 2015.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 6:

Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.

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The Tartan Crossing Redevelopment has implemented several traffic calming measures as it is a busy, mixed-use area that is also home to a senior living community. A road diet was implemented for the main road that serves the site, with two lanes for traffic and a shared turn lane in the middle. There is also extensive streetscaping with trees and concrete planting areas to separate the road traffic from the sidewalks throughout the site.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

1 star - Action 2:

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

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In 2007 the city was awarded a Safe Routes to School Grant to repair gaps in the pedestrian and bike trails surrounding Oakdale Elementary and Skyview Middle Schools. Sidewalks were installed, crosswalks were upgraded, and signage was added. The schools partnered with the city and the Oakdale Business and Professional Association to host a Walk to School Day.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 3:

Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes; airports.

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City of Oakdale's website has a dropdown link to transit options including Metro Transit and a Dial-a-Ride located right on the city's homepage.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 6:

Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.

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In 2008, the City of Oakdale worked with Metro Transit and Guardian Angels Church to facilitate the expansion of an existing Park and Ride station located in the southwest corner of Oakdale, adjacent to the I-94 corridor. At the time, the Park and Ride served 200 vehicles, after the expansion capacity was increased to 435 vehicles. This expansion gave Oakdale residents as well as those of surrounding communities an alternative transportation option which helped reduce congestion and pollution along the already busy I-94 corridor. The site was made pedestrian friendly with the addition of a shelter area and crosswalk creation to connect the stop to existing walking trails.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

3 star - Action 2:

Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

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After completing the initial governmental emissions inventory for 2007, one area that was identified for improvement was the Building Inspections Department vehicles. Both the building inspector and code enforcement officer's vehicles have high use, however each was getting around 12 MPG, and both were scheduled for replacement. The City used this opportunity to research and purchase a vehicle that would both meet the needs of the Building Department and would significantly increase the MPG achieved to cut back on costs and CO2 emissions.
After considering the availability of features requested by the Building Department, the MPG achievable, the annual cost savings and Consumer Reports rankings the field was narrowed to three vehicles; Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Prius. Because of the estimated 44 MPG the vehicle could achieve and its hybrid technology, the City chose the Toyota Prius as the replacement vehicles. Using 2007 numbers, these vehicles will save the City at least $2200 per year in gas costs over the previous vehicles.
The Police Department has also instituted a Five Year Replacement Plan on all of their vehicles. They currently use the Chevy Tahoe for most of their fleet. Due to the specific requirements for use as a police vehicle, they were limited in their choices, however PD has began the processes of phasing in Dodge Chargers. This should also increase the MPG achieved by the Police Department.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 3:

Phase-in operational changes, equipment changes including electric vehicles, and no-idling practices for city or local transit fleets.

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City fleet fuel usage and costs are monitored on a monthly basis. All vehicles receive regular maintenance from in-house maintenance facility. All drivers practice efficient driving techniques and are encourage to not leave any vehicle idle.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

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:

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City employees follow environmentally friendly purchasing guidelines when buying paper, supplies, and equipment. Specifically employees must purchase 30% recycled content paper and Energy Smart appliances whenever possible and economically feasible.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
City employees have pooled many supplies into one central location to reduce duplication of items.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
3 star - 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:
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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
On October 24, 2017, the Oakdale City Council authorized entering into a subscription agreement for the purchase of 4.68 million kWh of electricity annually from a community solar garden. This amount is 120% of the city's annual electricity usage in its operations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Over the lifetime of the agreement, over 110 million kWh will be generated from a clean energy resource, which otherwise would produce 77,475 metric tons of GHG emissions. That is the equivalent amount of the annual emissions from 16,365 passenger vehicles. Additionally, the City will see a significant financial benefit from its participation.
Descriptive File:
Innovative Power Systems
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 4:

Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.

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City employees follow environmentally friendly purchasing guidelines when buying water-using products, purchasing US EPA's WaterSense certified products whenever possible and economically feasible.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

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Implementation details:
2011 marks Oakdale's sixteenth year of being designated a Tree City USA. The National Arbor Day Foundation bestows this honor to forward thinking, environmentally conscious cities that have established programs for planting and maintaining trees. Each year the city submits a report detailing our expenditures related to planting and maintaining trees.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 4:

Maximize tree planting along your main downtown street or throughout the city.

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Since the year 2000, the City of Oakdale's Tree Board has sponsored a tree planting project along the city's main north/south thoroughfare, Hadley Avenue. The Hadley Avenue Streetscape Project has added hundreds of trees, bushes and wildflowers along the entire six miles of roadway, focusing on a different stretch of roadway each year.



Also, for the past 37 years the city has hosted the Peter Graske Tree Giveaway each spring, in celebration of Arbor Day. A variety of different trees are provided to Oakdale residents free of charge to plant in their own yards. As a result of this event there are thousands of new trees growing throughout the city.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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Chapter 22 of City Code includes the city's Tree Preservation Requirements, a strict set of requirements and incentives for preservation that protects the natural environment in Oakdale.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
3 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

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The City of Oakdale employs a full-time City Forester, who is a certified arborist and tree inspector. The city's Urban Forestry Management Plan addresses emerald ash borer, as well as buckthorn removal and tree planting expectations.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

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:

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The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission created technical standards and design examples for residential raingarden installation in the city. These standards included basic information on percolation tests, proper sizing and construction of the garden. There were also examples with plant lists a pollinator-friendly and native prairie gardens. The commission is currently evaluating locations in city parks for a demonstration raingarden location.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
Not rated - Action 6:

Reduce de-icing and dust suppressant salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.

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Erosion and sediment control ordinance requirements must be implemented on all construction sites where grading disturbs more than one acre. All developments must have permanent stormwater treatment plans in place to treat the first 1 inch of rainfall on impervious surfaces on the site.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

3 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for a network of parks, green spaces, water features and trails for areas where new development is planned.

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Oakdale subdivision code Sec. 21-10 requires a reasonable portion of project land area to be dedicated to the city or preserved for public use as parks, playgrounds, trails, or open space. Cash may also be accepted in lieu of land dedication.

The city's has a number of park and open space planning documents including the comprehensive plan, Open Space Stewardship Plan, and a Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trail System Study. The city has also made it a priority to create master plans for every park and open space area in the city, and require connection to existing trail infrastructure as part of subdivision approval.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 3:

Achieve minimum levels of city green space and maximize the percent within a ten-minute walk of community members.

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Per the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, there are 15 acres of park land per 1000 residents in Oakdale, and a total of 420 acres of parks. 23.7% of the total city area are protected parks, open space, lakes, and wetland areas.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 8:

Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.

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The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission has held an annual volunteer cleanup event at Tanner's Lake each spring since 2010. Crews work in and around Tanner's Lake to remove trash, leaves, and other large items that have been dumped illegally in the lake. The commission, local residents, youth groups, church groups, watershed districts, and non-profit organizations have all participated in the event.

The City of Oakdale also has a longstanding volunteer buckthorn removal event each fall, as well as curbside pickup of buckthorn available for residents who register. The volunteer event focuses on a different city park each year. The curbside event is available to residents at no charge.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
From 2010-2012 the Tanner's Lake Cleanup has removed 4500 pounds of trash and debris from the lake and surrounding areas.
Descriptive File:
Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District; Minnesota Stand-Up Paddleboard Association
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

3 star - Action 1:

Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.

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The Oakdale Environmental Commission updates its Generation Green Sustainability Plan annually, and the plan includes a section on the city's progress towards GreenStep Cities recognition. This plan is available year-round on the city website. The Sustainability Plan includes an energy/carbon inventory comparing data back to 2007. The Environmental Management Commission also discusses the GreenStep cities program frequently during their televised monthly meetings.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 2:

Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.

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The Environmental Management Commission has created the Oakdale Generation Green Sustainability Plan to provide guidance and track progress of the commission's progress towards meeting emissions reduction and other community environmental goals, including goals set in the city's Comprehensive Plan, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Systems Plan, and the Get Active! Action Plan. Action steps are identified each year in each category to help the city prioritize projects for the upcoming year.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The Generation Green Sustainability Plan specifically measures yearly progress towards meeting the emissions reduction goals set as part of the city's participation in the ICLEI - Cities for Climate Protection Campaign.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 3:

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

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The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission and City Council have both committed to measuring energy consumption and subsequent GHG emissions each year for city operations since 2008. The Environmental Management Commission set reduction goals in each category of operations. In 2012, the city will be expanding into measuring community-wide indicators by taking part in the Regional Indicators Initiative, and joint project between the Regional Council of Mayors, ULI Minnesota, and 19 other Minnesota communities.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

1 star - Action 2:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to connect businesses with assistance providers, including utilities, who provide personalized energy, waste or sustainability audits and assistance.

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The City of Oakdale promotes a number of resources on the city website for businesses to use to reduce their energy consumption. The city has also actively marketed educational materials and project financing programs directly to local businesses by direct mail and email.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 6:

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

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Since 2011, the city has awarded the Green Innovations Acorn Award to local commercial properties who have demonstrated proactive initiatives to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through green practices. Examples include use of raingardens, native habitat landscaping, permeable parking, alternative energy usage, efficiency upgrades, extensive recycling, or composting.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

3 star - Action 3:

Promote financing and incentive programs such as PACE for clean energy:

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The City of Oakdale has authorized the Saint Paul Port Authority as the city's PACE program administrator. This partnership allows the Saint Paul Port Authority to provide local businesses loan funding for energy-related improvements which are then repaid through a special assessment on the property.
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Descriptive File: view file
Saint Paul Port Authority
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
1 star - Action 4:

Support a community solar garden or help community members participate in a community renewable energy project by:

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Year action initially completed: 2018
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Oakdale supported bringing the Midwest Renewable Energy Association's successful bulk purchase program to Minnesota in 2018. The Solar Twin Cities program allows residents and businesses across the Twin Cities area the opportunity to aggregate their solar purchase power to achieve program milestones that result in rebates that make solar more affordable for participants. Oakdale hosted two Solar Power Events at City Hall to allow residents and non-residents alike the opportunity to learn about what solar power is, and how they can participate in the bulk buy program. There was also an opportunity for residents to have their utility bills analyzed by the Citizen's Utility Board, and education on energy efficiency from Center for Energy and Environment. Oakdale will host future cycles of the Solar Twin Cities program as available.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
In this initial offering, Solar Twin Cities secured solar installations totaling 261.84 kW worth of capacity in 35 locations across the metro area.
Descriptive File:
Midwest Renewable Energy Association; Center for Energy and Environment; Citizen's Utility Board
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
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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The Oakdale City Council and Environmental Management Commission worked together to approve the installation of a 40 kW solar photovoltaic system on the City Hall facility in the Fall of 2011.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The solar PV system is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,225 tons and save the city approximately $130,000 in energy costs over the 25-year life of the system.
Descriptive File:
tenKsolar; Energy Alternatives
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

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.

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The city allows by ordinance residential bee and chicken keeping with a city permit.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 3:

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

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In 2007 the City of Oakdale began hosting a weekly Farmer's Market at the City Hall/Richard Walton Park complex. The market provides a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, meats, cheeses, and breads among other items directly to residents from local producers. The market has a board of directors comprised of the vendors themselves and a city staff person is assigned as market manager.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

1 star - Action 1:

Prepare to maintain public health and safety during extreme weather and climate-change-related events, while also taking a preventive approach to reduce risk for community members.

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Year action initially completed: 2018
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Oakdale participates with Washington County and other cities in the county in the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan includes goals, objectives and strategies for each city to better prepare for disasters both natural and man-made as well as plans for the appropriate emergency response by each level of government.
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Washington County
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723
2 star - Action 2:

Integrate climate resilience into city or tribal planning, policy, operations, and budgeting processes.

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Year action initially completed: 2018
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Through a grant from the MPCA, Oakdale was about to complete a Population Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Adaptation Framework report. This report included a review of past and projected climate change impacts, identification of vulnerable populations, and development of of adaptation strategies. The report was used to inform the goals and policies in the City's 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; paleBLUEdot
For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff) | jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us | 651-730-2723