City Detail

Background Information

City of Saint Cloud
County: Stearns,Sherburne,Benton
Population: 67136
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 437
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Liz Kramer
City Staff
320-255-7226
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: 73
1 star actions: 33
2 star actions: 24
3 star actions: 14

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

3 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.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
St. Cloud conducted a detailed assessment of all City facilities in 2004. In addition to determining existing conditions and future space needs, it includes energy recommendations. Also, the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Framework Plan includes Greenhouse Gas Reduction as a best practice area and an action to enter public building data into the MN B3 database and rank buildings in regard to energy performance. Benchmarking data will be entered in the MN B3 database beginning in June, 2011.
As of March 2017, 100% of the utility data has been entered into B3 for the 400+ citywide meters. This data is being used to develop annual energy reports for each department/facility. These reports will be used to identify potential energy efficiency opportunities and savings.

As of September 2018, meters have been maintained and B3 has been used to track all renewable energy use as well as track purchased energy use throughout the city.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The City is projected to have 80% of its energy purchases coming from, or accounted for by, renewable energy sources. This includes onsite solar energy production, onsite biofuel energy production, and subscriptions to community solar gardens.

The city has also used B3 to monitor its energy efficiency projects and target locations for energy efficiency savings.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
3 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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Implementation details:
Lighting assessments have been completed at nearly all city facilities and buildings. Due to rebates and guaranteed savings funding options, most projects have resulted either no costs or short paybacks. Over 3 million kilowatt-hours are being saved each year due to the most recent lighting improvement projects.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The Wastewater Treatment Facility has saved an accumulated 3,900,000 kWh's from 213-2017 with its energy efficiency projects.

The City saved 1,000,000 kWh's in 2017 with lighting improvements via its Street Light Improvement Project.
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
3 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:
The City recently entered into 2 guaranteed savings projects. The Energy Efficiency and Biofuel Recovery Project at the Wastewater Treatment Facility is substantially complete. The project will result in $400,000 of energy savings each year. The Street Light Improvement Project will be at substantial completion in July 2017. The project will result in a savings of nearly 3 million kilowatt-hours each year.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy, Apex Efficiency Solutions Inc
For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
2 star - Action 5:

Document that the new construction or major remodeling of a public building has met the SB 2030 energy standard or has met or qualified under a green building or energy framework.

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Implementation details:
With the recent construction of the St. Cloud Public Library, the St. Cloud Police Department, Kennedy Community School and the Stearns County Westside Service Center, GLT Architects has helped the City of St. Cloud, the St. Cloud School District and Stearns County create highly sustainable public buildings. All have daylight harvesting and lighting sensors and controls, reducing or eliminating the need for artificial light. Storm water is managed at all three through a variety of strategies including green roofs, infiltration basins and rain gardens. Kennedy School and the Westside Service Center both have geothermal heating and cooling systems, and the other two have highly efficient HVAC systems. All have water saving plumbing fixtures; and highly sustainable, easily maintainable materials were used in their construction.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 7:

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

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Implementation details:
Through the recent installation of a GeoExchange system at the Municipal Athletic Complex, the community has a highperformance green arena that reduces gas usage by 95% and electric usage by 30%. Nearly 4,000,000 gallons of water usage will be eliminated along with the yearly elimination of 300,000 pounds of green house gases.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

3 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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Implementation details:
The City was selected to participate in Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy Program. The Energy Action Plan was developed in 2016. A kickoff event is being planned for June 2017. This Energy Action Plan contains goals and strategies related to promoting energy efficiency for the residents of St. Cloud.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
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:
Section 245:15 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of St. Cloud authorizes the Director of the St. Cloud Public Utilities to implement a ban on all nonessential uses of water, including watering. The subsequent code section, Section 245:20 identifies that a penalty of disconnection of water service may be imposed on the utility account for noncompliance with the watering ban. Service will only be restored after payment of a turn-on fee.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

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Implementation details:
All street lights and traffic signals are currently being converted to LED.
Outcome measures/metrics:
2,800,000 kilowatt-hours annual electricity savings
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy, Apex Efficiency Solutions Inc
For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
2 star - Action 4:

Coordinate traffic signals and/or optimize signal timing so as minimize car idling at intersections yet maintain safe and publicly acceptable vehicle speeds.

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Implementation details:
St. Cloud manages ELMS (Electric Light Management System) in an effort to promote traffic efficiency and safety as well as to minimize car idling. In the past few years, five roundabouts were built in the St. Cloud area also reducing idling time.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
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:
Nearly all city parking lots and or parking ramps lighting have been converted to LED as part of the Street Light Improvements Project.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
3 star - Action 6:

Relamp/improve exterior building lighting for city-owned buildings/facilities with energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant lighting.

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Implementation details:
Completed for all facilities as part of the Street Light Improvement Project.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
3 star - Action 7:

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

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Implementation details:
Completed as part of the Street Light Improvement Project.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
3 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

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Implementation details:
100% of St. Cloud's traffic signals are LEDs, completed as part of the Street Light Improvement Project.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.

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Implementation details:
The City of Saint Cloud adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1990 for the purposes of protecting and preserving the historic neighborhoods, structures and properties within the city. In 2003 the City adopted the Residential Historic District Preservation Design Manual and the Downtown Preservation Design Manual as tools for property owners to design and build new structures within the historic districts, and/or renovate existing structures within the districts. Both the Residential and Downtown Design Manuals encourage in-fill development and designing and building structures to maintain the historic character of the district including design elements, facades, window and sign structure and placement and setbacks. In addition, the Manuals encourage the use of modern building techniques, styles and materials to achieve the design guidelines which would include green building materials and practices aimed at reducing energy and resources.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 2:

Implement the Minnesota Main Street model for commercial revitalization.

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The St. Cloud Downtown Council is an associate member of the Minnesota Main Street association. The St. Cloud Downtown Council (DTC) strives to build a dynamic urban center valued at the heart of the region. The DTC is committed to effectively serving its members, and dedicated to the development and promotion of a strong, economically healthy and exciting Downtown. The Downtown Council is dedicated to promoting the downtown area, building a neighborhood downtown, and advocating the interests of local businesses and property owners. Among other things, the Downtown Council provides these services for the downtown businesses:
Marketing and Promotion Services to enhance the image of Downtown St. Cloud by emphasizing the variety of services, events and amenities available, and by encouraging the public to live, work, play and visit downtown.

Parking and Transportation Services to provide the public with information about parking and public transportation while coordinating with the City and other organizations to develop efficient access to downtown for visitors, residents and employees.

Cleaning, Safety, and Beautification Services to enhance public perception about downtown, to provide hospitality resources, and to beautify the public space through landscape and streetscape improvements.

Advocacy Services to speak as a voice for downtown businesses, property owners, and other stakeholders on issues of importance to the future Downtown St. Cloud.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

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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Implementation details:
In September of 2003, the City of St. Cloud adopted an update to its comprehensive plan following a twenty-six month planning process.

The Comprehensive Plan is divided into several elements including Community Facilities; Parks/Open Space/Recreation; Transportation; Land Use and Growth; and Downtown. Within the Land Use and Growth element there are five master plans. In addition, master plans (in-depth study of a particular geographic area) were prepared Minden Township Orderly Annexation Area, Haven Township Growth Area, Airport Area, 33rd Street South Corridor, and I-94 Corridor. Each master plan yielded a future land use plan for the specific area along with a set of development principles to guide future development in the area. The Comprehensive Plan also contains Target Area Plans, that address specific issues such as the West St. Germain Street Corridor, Community Gateways, Northstar Commuter Rail Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), and a land use plan for the North Star Collision Property.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 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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Implementation details:
The St. Cloud Land Development Code was adopted in 2009 to comply with the 2003 Comprehensive Plan. Applications for items such as rezoning, and text amendments to the Land Development Code explicitly require that the proposed changes be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 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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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud has joined with Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns County as well as the communities of Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and St. Joseph in the formulation of a Joint District Plan. The St. Cloud Area Joint Planning Project was a multi-jurisdictional response to concerns about growth and urban sprawl in the St. Cloud Metropolitan Region. This planning effort was the largest pilot project pursuant to the Community-Based Planning Act passed by the 1997 Minnesota State Legislature. The St. Cloud area, consisting of the five cities and three counties covered by this Plan, was specifically identified in the legislation of the Act.
The Community-Based Planning Act establishes a statewide planning framework outlining 11 goals and emphasizes strong public participation and intergovernmental communication and cooperation in the planning process. The goals of Community-Based planning include citizen participation, cooperation, economic development, conservation, livable community design, housing, transportation, land use planning, public investments, public education, and sustainable development.
The St. Cloud Joint Planning District Plan does not supercede the different entities Comprehensive Plans, but instead, it creates an area wide framework for on-going planning activities by the cities and counties. The District Plan recommends that each entity update its Comprehensive Plan to reflect the larger regional vision developed through the Joint Planning District process.

The St. Cloud Joint Planning District Plan was approved in May 2000 by the St. Cloud Area Joint Planning District Board.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

3 star - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud limits barriers to high-density housing in several of the zoning districts. Of the 10 residential zonings districts within the City, 4 provide for a high density housing options by allowing single-family density at 6 units per acre and above and multi-family housing density of 15 units per acre and above. The R-3, R-5, R-6, and R-7 zoning district all allow single family density at 7.26 units per acre and multi-family density at 21.78 units per acre for districts R-3, R-5 and R-6 and density of 29.04 units per acre for district R-7. In addition, several of the R-5 Zoning Districts are located adjacent to several commercial corridors within St. Cloud. In particular, this higher density zoning is located along the Highway 10 commercial corridor and along the County Road 74/Saint Germain Street commercial corridor.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 3:

Achieve higher intensity commercial/industrial land uses through at least one of the following strategies:

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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud adopted the Land Development Code (LDC) as its official Zoning Code on February 10, 2008. Article 9 of the LDC established the C-3 (Central Business District) and C-4 (Fringe Central Business District) to provide for high-density commercial development within the downtown core and surrounding fringe areas. These areas are defined as being highly accessible by customer foot traffic. Both of these areas do not require a minimum lot size to be maintained and allow for zero-lot-line setbacks.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

1 star - Action 2:

Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:

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a. The St. Cloud City Hall building is located within the downtown urban center of the City of St. Cloud. Located along US Highway 23 (2nd Street South), City Hall is located along the major east-west thoroughfare through the city. City Hall is located adjacent to the C-3 Central Business Zoning District, the historic core of the city served by intense pedestrian activity. In addition, the St. Cloud City Hall building is located on the northern boundary of intense residential development located south of the location into the St. Cloud State University neighborhood(s).

c. The St. Cloud City Hall building is located within approximately 1/10th of a mile of the St. Cloud Metro Bus Transit Center. The Transit Center is the hub for all metro buses operating within the St. Cloud metropolitan area and a regular scheduled stop for over half of the routes. The close proximity of the Metro Transit Center to St. Cloud City Hall makes City Hall accessible for both employee and customer transit riders.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development or to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development.

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Implementation details:
Article 11.2 of the St. Cloud Land Development Code identifies the purpose, standards and procedures for Planned Unit Development (PUD) Districts with the City of St. Cloud. The PUD District provides a mechanism for development that would otherwise not be allowable within a given zoning district by allowing exceptions to bulk, setback, parking, landscaping, loading and sign regulations. In addition, the PUD District is also set up to encourage flexibility in the development of the land by allowing mixed-use development to occur that would otherwise not be allowed using strict residential, commercial or industrial zoning classifications.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 5:

Have a downtown zoning district that allows residential and compatible commercial development.

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Implementation details:
The C-3 Central Business Zoning District is designed to reflect central location and ease of access of being the hub of a system of radial thoroughfares. A prime characteristic of this district is the historic core of intense pedestrian activity. The C-3 District allows a myriad of residential uses including dwelling units above the ground floor, assisted living facilities, convalescent homes, dormitories and independent living facilities. The C-3 District allows many of the permitted uses of the Downtown Mixed-Use District as identified in the 2009 Minnesota Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development including, but not limited to, retail space, personal services, hotels, theaters, health clubs, restaurants, taverns, offices, day care centers and churches. In addition, the C-3 District established bulk and setback regulations that mirror those identified in the 2009 Minnesota Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development including zero minimum lot width, depth, and area requirements, zero front side and rear yard setbacks, and no maximum lot coverage requirement. The C-3 District does not require any off-street parking.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Efficient Highway- and Auto-Oriented Development {BP no.9}

2 star - Action 1:

Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.

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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud 2003 Comprehensive Plan identifies design goals for five highway/entryway corridors into the City. The five highway corridors include States Highways 15, 10, and 23, Interstate 94 and CSAH 74. The design goals are a part of the Target Area Plans identified in the 2003 Comprehensive Plan. The design goals include creating a strong sense of arrival into the community, enhancing the corridors with landscaping, lighting, signage and architectural features, including gateway monuments, and landscaping to screen industrial areas and to promote the open space and natural wetlands, prairie and wooded areas surrounding the community. The Comprehensive Plan was developed following extensive meetings with community members and stakeholders to gather input and recommendations before the Plans adoption.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 2:

Participate in regional economic development planning with representatives from surrounding townships, cities, the county and business interests to:

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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud is an active partner in the joint district planning efforts of the surrounding jurisdictions. The following jurisdictions actively participate in the joint planning effforts: Stearns County, Sherburne County, Benton County, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, Waite Park, and St. Joseph. The participating jurisdictions have complete the St. Cloud Area Joint District Plan in 2000 to govern planning activities throughout the region. The St. Cloud Joint Planning District Plan does not supercede the different entities Comprehensive Plans, but instead, it creates an area wide framework for on-going planning activities by the cities and counties. The District Plan recommends that each entity update its Comprehensive Plan to reflect the larger regional vision developed through the Joint Planning District process.

In addition, the 2003 St. Cloud Comprehensive Plan outlines master development plans for all areas of the city. A specific master plan is targeted for the I-94 Corridor to help ensure orderly and proper development.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 4:

Allow auto-oriented commercial districts at the sub-urban edge and/or in tightly defined and smaller urban development corridors/nodes that have some bike/walk/transit access.

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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud adopted the C-5 Highway Commercial Zoning District as a part of the Land Development Code. The purpose of the Highway Commercial District is to provide an area of service facilities to the motoring public adjacent to arterial traffic routes as defined in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

2 star - Action 1:

Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.

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Implementation details:
137 natural areas were inventoried and priortized as apart of the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance. This innovative ordinance helps protect land while allowing for development. Based on solid ecological information and written input from local developers, the ordinance is implemented by the City with the help of a local team of scientists. The success of the ordinance can be seen through the completion of over seventeen developments that balance protection yet see a return in investment.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 3:

For cities within metropolitan areas, incorporate woodland best management practices addressing protection of wooded areas into zoning or development review.

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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud has adopted in the Land Development Code (Zoning Ordinance) a Woodland Best Management Practice ordinance. This section identifies specific practices that should be followed when proposing development or redevelopment in a wooded area. These practices seek to protect large areas of forests, protect large and historic trees, avoid fragmenting forests, protecting understory, control exotic species and protect trees during construction among others.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

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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Implementation details:
The 2003 Comprehensive Plan includes a goal to promote alternative transportation such as bicycling, walking, transit and rail. The St. Cloud Area Joint District Plan also states a regional goal to create an interconnected system of open spaces, parks and trails reflective of the Central Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Plan. Also, the St. Cloud Metropolitan Area 2035 Transportation Plan includes a chapter on non-motorized transportation discussing initiatives, goals/objectives, regional efforts, key infrastructure, multimodal funding, and facility maintenance and development. The City of St. Cloud is working to coordinate such efforts into a City complete streets policy. The development of the policy is expected to begin in Summer, 2011.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.

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Implementation details:
As part of the new regional library constructed in 2009 the City implemented green stormwater practices by utilizing pervious pavers to allow for rainwater absorption. Also as part of the streetscaping the City planted trees on the plaza and boulvards using engineered soils to support maximum tree health and rain water infiltration. The project also provided for a best management practice that installed a primary treatment area in a large rain water garden adjacent to the large parking area.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 4:

Identify, prioritize and remedy complete streets gaps and lack of connectivity/safety within your road network by, for example, adding a bike route/lane, truck route, sidewalk or mid-block alley.

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Implementation details:
Each year the City of St. Cloud targets specific areas in the core neighborhoods to reconstruct and/or rehabilitate streets, curb and gutter, install/repair sidewalks, sanitary sewer, as well as water main and storm drain facilities. The total cost of Neighborhood Revitalization Projects ranges from approximately $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 every year. These projects are programmed in the Capital Improvement Program and comply with the Citys Sidewalk and Boulevard Use Policy.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
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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Implementation details:
St. Cloud proactively utilizes a number of traffic calming measures when developing or reconstructing streets including narrower width (32'), speed hump, gateway island, roundabout, and diversions such as a straight curb, bollards or landscaped medians among others. In the past few years, five roundabouts were built in the St. Cloud area. In a residential development, Westwood Parkway was constructed at a width of 32'.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

3 star - Action 1:

Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:

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Implementation details:
The City has a "Get Moving" map (attached) that includes parks, bike trails, bike lanes on roads, road routes, as well as street names for the city. The map was produced in association with Mississippi Partners organization.

The City has a Park & Ride lot on the East side of the City, to catch the Northstar Link Buses into the Twin Cities.

The City of Saint Cloud was awarded a "bronze" score in by the League of American Bicyclists for for their role as a bicycle friendly community.



Outcome measures/metrics:
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Mississippi Partners
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 2:

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

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The St. Cloud community actively participates in the Safe Routes to School program, receiving two grants from the MN Department of Transportation to improve conditions and promote physical activity of kids through infrastructure projects. In 2006, Madison Elementary was awarded $175,000 to create multiple safe routes for students walking and biking to three local school facilities. Westwood Elementary received $175,300 to create a safer environment for students and community members that utilize the splash pad, park and playground adjacent to the school.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 3:

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

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The City of St. Cloud maintains a web site that provides a link to the citys available mass transit options. Under the Area Links section of the home page, visitors can access information about the Metro Transit Bus and Dial-A-Ride services operating within the St. Cloud metropolitan area. In addition, links to information on the Northstar Link Commuter Bus between St. Cloud and Big Lake and the Northstar Commuter Rail Line between St. Cloud and Minneapolis are also provided.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 6:

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

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St. Cloud State Universitys Outdoor Endeavors started the Yellow Bike Project in 2004. Bikes have been donated and have been painted entirely yellow. The bikes are for university students to use, free of charge. All we ask is that bikes are kept on campus, damaged bikes brought to Outdoor Endeavors and users respect the time and energy that goes into the program. The program operates with the generosity of those who donate the bikes and student staff that put a lot of time, energy and love into the effort.

In addition, St. Cloud State University has beginning Fall 2010, piloted the Husky Ride GREEN Initiative offering rental bikes to faculty, staff and students for rental on a semester or annual basis. Their goal is to see a future campus that puts a priority on sustainable transportation and promotes bicycles over cars. There is no doubt that this vision eases traffic, promotes health/wellness and reduces collective carbon footprint. Through a sustainable transportation grant, it has purchased brand new Diamondback Sorrento mountain bikes available for lease through the program.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

1 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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Since 2008, the Public Services Department has been tracking and assessing the carbon footprint of operations by tabulating energy consumption by fuel type and associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In addition, equipment maintenance and vehicle consolidation is an ongoing City-wide effort reducing costs, inventories and promoting cross department sharing. Police and Fire Departments schedule vehicle and apparatus replacement to ensure useful life and to ensure most fuel-efficient vehicles are considered.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 3:

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

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Since 2008, the Public Services Department has been tracking and assessing the carbon footprint of operations by tabulating energy consumption by fuel type and associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Included are offsets related to power generation at the Hydroelectric Facility, and bio-solids recycling. In 2009, carbon offsets exceeded carbon emissions by a factor of three to one. Also, an oil analysis program exists to extend engine oil drain interval and monitor the wear condition of large truck engines. All City vehicles and equipment undergo monthly preventative maintenance, and are included in the equipment maintenance consolidation effort to reduce equipment inventory and share across departments. The City has a no-idling policy requiring vehicles to be shut off during non-mobile work activities such as loading.

Through community partnerships, the St. Cloud Metro Bus is home to the nations first public bus powered by recycled vegetable oil coming directly from St. Cloud State Universitys on-campus dining, saving an estimated $2.30 per gallon.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 4:

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

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St. Cloud currently has bike police patrols. Officers participate in yearly training to ensure public safety is met.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Demand-Side Travel Planning {BP no.14}

2 star - Action 2:

For cities with regular transit service, require or provide incentives for the siting of retail services at transit/density nodes.

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The City of St. Cloud Metro Transit service provides regular and dial-a-ride transit service to all of the retail centers within the cities of St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell and Waite Park. The transit service routes are routinely revised to accommodate new, expanding and relocating retail centers in the St. Cloud area. In particular, transit service was revised in the fall of 2010 to accommodate the new Wal-Mart and Sams Club retail stores opening in Sartell. In addition, transit expansion at retail centers is identified in the 2003 St. Cloud Comprehensive Plan. Among the Operational and Capital Improvement goals for the transit service is the development of a Sauk Rapids transit hub and a new intermodal transit facility located at the Crossroad Mall centrally located at the crossroads of Highways 15 and 23. The continued expansion of transit service to the south side of St. Cloud to include St. Augusta and the I-94 Industrial Park is also projected.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 4:

Adopt a travel demand management plan for city employees or incorporate into development regulations TDM or transit-oriented development standards or LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.

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The 2003 St. Cloud Comprehensive Plan identifies Target Area Plans identified because specific land use plans, goals, policies and/or development standards were developed. Included in these Target Area Plans are the North Star Commuter Rail Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) sites. To date, these Plans have yet to come to fruition as the North Star Commuter Rail has not been extended to the St. Cloud area. However, the goals set forth in the 2003 Comprehensive Plan identifies specific goals for the sites which mimic those outlined in the 2009 Updated Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development. Those goals include: good vehicular access to the site, adequate parking by encouraging structured parking, excellent pedestrian access, aesthetic lighting, landscaping and streetscape considerations, residential densities of 20/units per acre and above, building heights of at least 3 stories, mixed uses both vertically and horizontally and reduced parking ratios. Development regulations will differ depending on the specific TOD site whether the St. Cloud East (Neighborhood/Town Center) or Northstar West Spur (Urban Downtown/Core) sites. At which time the North Star Commuter Rail extends service to the City of St. Cloud, these goals, plans and development standards may be implemented as development moves forward.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

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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St. Cloud boasts a forestry program responsible for all tree-related issues including maintenance, management of a nursery, planting, and the processing of tree waste. As such, the National Arbor Day Foundation has recongnized St. Cloud as "Tree City USA" for 31 consecutive years and reveived Tree City USA Growth Awards for three separate years since 2004.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
Pending - Action 3:

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

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The City is currently engaged in a tree canopy study to determine the species composition and percent of canopy. The canopy study is part of an ongoing Community Preparedness Project with the University of Minnesota
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 4:

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

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The City is commmitted to improving the downtown streetscape with quality design. The direction set in the Streetscape Guidelines and Urban Design Plan is reinforced in the Downtown Framework Plan of the Comprehensive Plan. A number of trees are planted in Downtown following the recommendations of primary, secondary or local street streetscape treatments stated in the Downtown Framework Plan.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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In an effort to protect the community's abundance of natural beauty, St. Cloud created the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance to help protect natural lands while allowing for development. Based on solid ecological information and written input from local developers, the ordinance is implemented by the City with the help of a local team of scientists. The success of the ordinance can be seen through the completion of over seventeen developments that balance protection yet see a return in investment.

St. Cloud has recently also implemented changes to the Disease Tree Ordinance allowing for condemnation of tress for the looming threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 3:

Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies:

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The City of St. Cloud has post construction stormwater standards in the Land Development Code, Article 19- Off-Site Development Standards. The infiltration/volume reduction standard varies from 1/2"to 1/4" depending on development type. Also, there are rate control standards adopted in the Land Development Code, Article 19- Off-Site Development Standards stating stormwater runoff volume limits to pre-development volumes.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

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The City of St. Cloud's Stormwater Utility has an important role in maintaining and improving water quality. The Stormwater Water System Use Code includes fee adjustment procedures to incentivize enhanced stormwater management. St. Cloud is an active member of the Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance (CMWEA) providing education outreach to promote water quality stewardship. Also, the City has a program that intends to reduce storm water pollution through employee training, proper materials handling, and fleet maintenance.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 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 City of St. Cloud has design standards for rain gardens, green roofs, and green parking lots in the Development Code, Appendix F, Permanent Storm Water Design Checklist. These design guidelines were developed in accordance with MPCA's, Minnesota Stormwater Manual.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
Not rated - Action 6:

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

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The City of St. Cloud has erosion and sediment control provisions adopted in the Land Development Code, Article 19- Off-Site Development Standards. It requires an erosion and sediment control plan to be developed in accordance with MPCA's- Stormwater Permit Program Construction Activity. It also requires maintenance of development-wide erosion and sediment control measures.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 1:

Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.

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The City has identified a gap in the park and trail system and is taking steps to implement a new trail and park project titled River Bluffs Regional Park & Trail Project.
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1. A 140 acre park will be fully accessible
2. 1.o mile of accessible trail will be constrcuted
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1 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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St. Cloud has planned for and budget for a network of parks, trails and open space in new residential developments through implementation of park land dedication requirements. The requirements are subject to residential zoning and are functional based on zoning type (R1, R2, Multi-family and PUD. The requirement for land dedication and/or cash in lieu of land dedication are options to fulfill dedication requirements.
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1 star - Action 4:

Adopt low-impact design standards in parks and trails that infiltrate or retain all 2 inch, 24-hour stormwater events on site.

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As a best management practice the City has adopted a one inch, 24-hour stormwater events on site standard. The Park Department often exceeds this standard and most recently implemented a greenhouse building construction project that applied best management practices by constrcuting wet and dry native vegetation ponds/gardens for two inch events.
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1 star - Action 7:

Document that the operation and maintenance, or construction / remodeling, of at least one park building used an asset management tool, the SB 2030 energy standard, or a green building framework.

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The City designed and constructed a skate plaza structure at our Heritage Park location. The innovative design allows for the 20,000 square feet of hard surfaces to drain into designed rain water features to take up a minimum of one inch rain in 24 hour period. The facility also uses elements of green and tree plantings to highlight the improvements. Adjacent to this facility is a renovated green roof/earth roof style park shelter for park users that is 100% covered with native plantings.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 8:

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

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The city has an Adopt-A-park program when many community members and citizens have became engaged in hands on volunteer efforts in land restoration and stewardship.

Most recently high school studenst have created a native plant buffer around Lake George and Master Gardners have created rain gardens along the Mississippi River to take up rail run off of municipal strutures and parking areas.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 3:

Adopt and report on measurable, publicly announced surface water improvement targets for water bodies, including the percent of lake, river, wetland and ditch shoreline with at least a 50-foot vegetation buffer.

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St. Cloud is an active member of the Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance (CMWEA) providing education outreach to promote water quality stewardship. It is a coalition of central Minnesota cities, counties and other organizations working in concert to provide consistent water quality educational message in a cost-effective manner. The ongoing public education campaign includes rain barrel sale, a video contest, a water blog, eco-graffiti, and a number of other innovative educational efforts.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 4:

Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.

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The City of St. Cloud has adopted a Shoreland Overlay District ordinance as a part of the Land Development Code (LDC). The Shoreland Overlay District governs the permitted and conditional uses, standards, bulk requirements, alterations and design criterias.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

2 star - Action 1:

Compare the energy use and financial performance of your facilities with other peer plants using standardized, free tools.

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Utility billing data has been entered into B3 for the City's drinking water and wastewater treatment facility. B3 just added data that allows wastewater treatment facilities to be benchmarked against others for peer review.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
1 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for motor maintenance and upgrades so as to assure the most energy efficient, durable and appropriate equipment is available when upgrades or break downs occur.

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Energy efficiency is a key criteria when selecting equipment replacement options.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
1 star - Action 4:

Optimize energy and chemicals use at drinking water / wastewater facilities and decrease chloride in wastewater discharges.

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Energy and chemical efficiency evaluations are completed daily at both the drinking water and wastewater treatment facility. These evaluations are used to make changes to the treatment process to be as cost-effective and energy efficient as possible.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
3 star - Action 6:

Implement a wastewater plant efficiency project (co-generation, water reuse) or a program for local private business operations (water conservation, water reuse, business co-location).

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The Energy Efficiency and Biofuel Recovery Project started construction in June 2016 and is at substantial completion.The project consisted of installation of energy efficient and biofuel recovery equipment.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The facility can generate on average 80% of its electrical demand onsite through solar or biofuel. There are days when the facility produces more energy than it needs.
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy, Apex Efficiency Solutions Inc
For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

1 star - Action 2:

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

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The City of St. Cloud has regulated recreational fires by establishing a policy that requires property owners to obtain a Recreational Burning Permit from the Fire Department. These annual permits require the permit holder attest to holding recreational fires in accordance with the setback requirements established by the policy and the Land Development Code. All recreational fires must be located outside of the front, street and interior side yard setbacks and must be located a minimum of 25 feet from all buildings or combustible materials. Treated lumber may not be burned in a recreational fire. The Fire Chief, or designee, may require the recreational fire extinguished if it creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation. In addition, all recreational burning permits are considered temporarily void during declared burning bans and may be reinstated upon such time that the burning ban is lifted.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 star - Action 3:

Conduct one or more policy or education/behavior change campaigns on the topics below and document:

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The City has enacted a section of the Ordinance that prohibits that idling of vehicles longer than 5 minutes within a two-block long section of and main thoroughfare in the downtown area. The measure was enacted to implement the Citys transportation control plan for air quality improvements. Enforcement measures are directed toward the time period of greatest need for air quality improvement between 8am and 5pm.

The Public Works Department has implemented a No-Idling policy for city vehicles on coffee and restroom breaks and to keep travel distances to a minimum. The division continues to look for new ideas to conserve fuel and keep fuel costs to a minimum.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 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 community-based committee, St. Cloud Area Sustainability Committee will be launching a St. Cloud Sustainable website in Summer, 2011. There will progress reporting on the identified best practices from the Sustainability Framework Plan as well as progress in ICLEI, GreenStep Cities, and MN B3 Energy Benchmarking. Also, there are quarterly sustainability updates at the St. Cloud Area Joint District Board meetings.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
1 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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Implementation details:
The St. Cloud community has found success in its established planning hierarchy beginning with the St. Cloud Area Joint District Plan into the Comprehensive Plan leading into target area plans such as corridor studies or neighborhood master plans and finally strategic plans such as the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Framework Plan.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 4:

Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:

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Implementation details:
The development process of the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan actively engaged the community to establish a baseline and establish a local vision, goals and initiatives. The process also included a number of education sessions on sustainability and the Natural Step Framework. The community celebrated the passage of the first sustainability plan with a Sustainability Event in April, 2011. The event featured free food produced by local farmers, educational workshops on topics ranging from rain barrels to chemical-free gardening, the presentation of the first annual sustainability award, live music and even a yak! Given the success of the event, plans to make in an annual event highlighting sustainability and celebrating local efforts are already in the works.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
3 star - Action 5:

Conduct or support a community education, visioning and planning initiative using a sustainability framework such as:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The development process of the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan actively engaged the community to establish a baseline and establish a local vision, goals and initiatives. The process also included a number of education sessions on sustainability and the Natural Step Framework. The community celebrated the passage of the first sustainability plan with a Sustainability Event in April, 2011. The event featured free food produced by local farmers, educational workshops on topics ranging from rain barrels to chemical-free gardening, the presentation of the first annual sustainability award, live music and even a yak! Given the success of the event, plans to make in an annual event highlighting sustainability and celebrating local efforts are already in the works.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

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 St. Cloud Area Sustainability Committee has worked extensively with Xcel Energy to make businesses and homeowners aware of the programs available for reducing energy costs including on-line and on-site energy audits. Xcel Energy presented their program options at a regular meeting of the Sustainability Committee and was a participant at the St. Cloud Area annual Sustainability Event to educate businesses and homeowners on available programs to reduce energy waste.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
2 star - Action 7:

Conduct or participate in a buy local campaign for community members and local businesses.

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The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce operates a buy local campaign with the message, Shop Local&Eat Local&Invest Local&STAY LOCAL. As a part of the campaign, a toolkit is available to members to assist them in keeping resources local and helping members weather the recession. In addition, the St. Cloud area farmers operate a Farmers Market in the downtown on Saturday mornings as a way for local residents to connect with local farmers and obtain food sources directly from the growers.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.

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The City of St. Cloud adopted a Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) ordinance as a part of the Land Development Code. Small-scale non-commercial WECS are Permitted or Conditional Uses in all agricultural, residential, commercial and industrial zoning districts as either free-standing or building-mounted towers depending on the specific district. A maximum of 100kW generating capacity is allowable as a Conditional Use within the Industrial District. Lot size minimums, setback requirements, height restrictions and tower type restrictions are in place for all districts. System design standards, including security, signage, lighting and compatibility with nearby properties are also included in the ordinance. WECS are not permitted within the Shoreland Impact Zone or the Mississippi River District Districts.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
3 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:
A Solar Initiative was adopted by the City Council in 2015. Since then, 4 solar arrays have been constructed on City property. A biofuel recovery project was completed at the St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Outcome measures/metrics:
438,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity are being generated from the 4 installed solar arrays. The biofuel recovery project will generate 5,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.
Descriptive File: view file
Cedar Creek Energy, TruNorth, Apex Efficiency Solutions Inc
For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 1:

Incorporate working landscapes - agriculture and forestry - into the city by adopting an ordinance for one or more of the following:

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Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud adopted an Agricultural Zoning District as a part of the adopted of the Land Development Code in 2008. The purpose of the Agricultural District is to establish and preserve areas within the City for the continuation of viable agricultural operations, preserve areas unsuitable for use other than agricultural or open space, protect agricultural uses from untimely encroachment by potential conflicting urban uses, protect natural amenities, provide very low residential density and preserve the rural character of the area. The permitted and conditional uses of the district as well as the bulk and setback regulations closely mimic those set forth in the 2009 Minnesota Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
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 of St. Cloud has been working very closely with the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project on developing neighborhood organic gardens for the community. With special focus on new americans and education of proper plant selection for this zone. The City has allowed gardens to be developed in local neighborhood parks.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
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Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:

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The City of St. Cloud offers many options for access to local foods for residents. A Farmers Market is operated on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings during the summer months connecting local farmers with local residents to provide local food sources. In addition, community-supported-agriculture (CSA) arrangements have been supported by the city in particular through its support of the 2011 Sustainability Event. The City of St. Cloud operates in conjunction with the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, several community gardens throughout the community.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226