City Detail

Background Information

City of West Saint Paul
County: Dakota
Population: 19767
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 90
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Dave Schletty
City Staff
651-552-4152
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 3 ( )

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: 51
1 star actions: 25
2 star actions: 16
3 star actions: 8

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2007
Implementation details:
West St Paul first began using MN B3 Benchmarking in 2007 as part of an internship project. In 2020 staff updated the City's building information and began once again compiling and entering energy usage data. Multiple staff and volunteers are assigned to keep the data current and continue adding historical data.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City had all fluorescent light fixtures at the following 3 facilities, also taking advantage of the Xcel Energy rebate program.
* Inside the West St Paul Ice Arena converted to LED
* Inside and outdoor lighting at West St Paul Pool converted to LED
* Indoor Dome lighted converted to LED
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Install was completed at the end of 2020, not enough energy usage data to measure cost savings yet.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
The City of West St Paul built a new maintenance facility in 2010. This building included a geothermal system.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Dakota County
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: NA
Implementation details:
West St Paul gets it's energy exclusively from Xcel Energy and actively promotes Xcel's Energy Rebate and Energy Assistance Programs.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 star - Action 5:

Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2001
Implementation details:
In 2001, the City Council passed an ordinance giving the Mayor authority to declare a watering ban throughout the City of West St Paul.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: unknown
Implementation details:
Home improvement loan includes HVAC, electrical, plumbing replacement and other exterior improvements such as windows.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
EDA Economic Development
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

2 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014 -2020
Implementation details:
Robert street improvement plans- Sidewalk and Street Treeplan views; all lights LED along Robert Street corridor (W.St. Paul)
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303
3 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2012
Implementation details:
The City of West St Paul has 15 traffic signals within the city. All of them are on State or County roads, that have all had reconstruction projects within the past 10 years. All these signals have been converted to LED.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Dakota County and MN DOT
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Land Use Land Use

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

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2009
Implementation details:
The City adopted it's last Comprehensive Plan (2030 Plan) in 2009 and is currently in the process of finalizing it's 2040 Comp Plan. The plan includes sections on bike-ped, sustainability and many more.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: NA
Implementation details:
The City's zoning code was updated in 2015. The updates included making the comprehensive plan a foundational document for future development within the City. It is defined in the code as follows: "COMPREHENSIVE MUNICIPAL PLAN. The policies, statements and goals for private and public land and water use, transportation and city facilities, which is documented in texts, maps and this chapter. Together, these documents constitute the guides for the future development of the city. This shall include the West St. Paul Comprehensive Plan, as adopted by the city, and all subsequent amendments and additions." It is referenced in multiple areas of the code, including site plans and conditional uses.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2001
Implementation details:
The City adopted The Robert St Renaissance Plan in 2001. The process to develop this plan included community members as part of the stakeholder group. It also included numerous meetings to gather public input. The whole process was facilitated by multiple consultants.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
2 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: NA
Implementation details:
West St Paul's City Hall and Regional Athletics Center (Dome) are adjacent to an existing employment and residential center. Both facilities are accessible by regular transit service. The Regional Athletics Center has a shared parking agreement with adjacent business "LA Fitness".
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: NA
Implementation details:
The City currently has two mixed use districts within the City.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

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

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
Robert Street Improvement plans include bump outs, islands, lower speed limits, tunnel for pedestrian and cyclists
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
plans for current and future roadway traffic;
Descriptive File: view file
River to River Greenway
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303
2 star - Action 3:

Adopt infrastructure design standards that protect the economic and ecologic functions of the highway corridor through clustering of development, plantings and incorporating access management standards.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
Smith Dodd intersection and surrounding area; development of safer streets and intersection; creation of park; streetscape improvements
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Dakota County
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303

Transportation Transportation

Living & Complete Streets {BP no.11}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
The City of West St Paul has been using elements of Complete Streets for years, by using it's ADA Transition Plan and Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan to help guide road reconstruction projects. The City Council formally adopted a Complete Streets Policy in March 2021. This policy will be used to help guide all future road reconstruction projects. It looks at all aspects of road design to come up with the best use for all users and modes of transportation.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
2 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2000, 2011, 2020
Implementation details:
Robert St. Rennaissance Plan
Pedestrian Bicyclist Plan
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303
2 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
The City of West Saint Paul takes traffic and pedestrian safety seriously. In recent years the City has used traffic calming measures to improve safety. In 2014 the City reconstructed a portion of Marie Ave. At the same time Dakota County was constructing a portion of their Regional Trail. This trail has a crossing mid-block on Marie Ave. The City used bump-outs and flashing pedestrian crossing signs to mark the crossing and make it safer.

In 2017 the City partnered with Dakota County to construct a roundabout at Wentworth and Oakdale Ave. This busy intersection had historically seen a higher than normal number of vehicle accidents. The roundabout project also included pedestrian crossings, median refuge, and lowered speed limits to make it much safer for vehicles and pedestrians. Another roundabout project is planned for the Oakdale and Thompson Ave intersection for 2022.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Dakota County
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
The City of West St Paul has made transportation and pedestrian travel a priority over the last decade. The following are a few examples of this dedication to making the City more pedestrian friendly for our residents:
* Completing a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan in 2011
* Multiple Trail Gap studies, using SHIP funding, including; Garlough and Marthaler Park Study in 2017 and the Oakdale/Thompson Ave Study in 2020
* Listing Transportation options and schedules on the City Website and at City Hall
* Dedicating park facilities to a Metro Transit Park and Ride Lot (WSP Sports Complex)
* Listing Trail Maps on City website
* Adding a bike rack at City Hall in 2018
* 73 Walk Score
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Dakota County, SHIP, Metro Transit
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
In 2015 The City of West St Paul was awarded a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant after implementing a successful SRTS Comprehensive Plan in collaboration with Garlough Environmental Magnet School in 2010. The project filled a critical trail and sidewalk gap identified the the City's 2011 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Dakota County and Independent School District 197
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt a sustainable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
Upon review and inventorying for the GreenStep program, staff worked with all departments and City Council to develop and adopt a Sustainable Purchasing policy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 star - Action 7:

Lower the environmental footprint of meetings and events in the city.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
The City has adopted multiple practices to reduce it's environmental footprint at City meetings and within City Hall. Meetings are all completely paperless, with agenda packets sent electronically to committee members and using computers or projectors at meetings to access agenda materials. The City also uses only compostable products at meetings and in employee break areas.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Dakota County
For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2003
Implementation details:
City of West St. Paul is currently certified as a "Tree City USA."
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118
3 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
In January 2015 the City Council approved the City's EAB Action Plan. Staff has been following the plan ever since including; targeted takedowns, injection treatments, and reforestation. The City has one Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector who oversees the EAB Action Plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

3 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2007
Implementation details:
Stormwater management; prevention of pollution; erosion and sediment control
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2005
Implementation details:
The City created a stormwater utility, with variable fees, in 2005.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

3 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
The City did a complete reconstruction of Harmon Park in 2014. The $6.2M project included incorporating school district property (attached JPA) as well as 4 acres of newly acquired property (3 residential properties and 1 commercial greenhouse property). This reconstruction filled a need in the City for trails, youth ballfields, a splashpad, and a new community building space.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Independent School District 197
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
3 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
There are currently over 184 acres of park land in West St Paul. There are an additional 34 acres accessible school green space and 150 acres of protected natural resource areas (Dodge Nature Center). According to Parkserve.org 91% of youth in West St Paul live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
2 star - Action 5:

Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
Pollinator Habitat Resolution
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of West St.
Paul, Minnesota:
1. The City shall undertake its best efforts to become a Bee-Safe City by
implementing best management practices in the use of plantings and
pesticides in all public spaces within the city.
2. The City shall refrain from the use of systemic pesticides known to be
harmful to pollinators, specifically but not limited to those that contain
neonicotinoid.
3. The City shall undertake its best efforts to plant flowers favorable to
bees and other pollinators in the City’s public spaces.
4. The City shall designate Bee-Safe areas in which future City plantings
are free from systemic pesticides including neonicotinoids.
5. The City shall undertake best efforts to communicate to West St. Paul
residents the importance of creating and maintaining a pollinatorfriendly habitat.
6. The City shall publish a Bee-Safe City Progress Report on an annual
basis.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of West St. Paul urges all West St. Paul
property owners, residents, businesses, institutions, and neighborhoods to become more
pollinator-friendly by adopting practices including:
 Committing to not use pesticides, including systemic insecticides, on their
property;
 Avoid planting flowering plants that are treated with systemic insecticides;
 Planting more pollinator forage on their property and use organic or chemicalfree lawn and landscaping practices.
Adopted by the City Council of the City of West St. Paul this 22th day of February, 2016
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Bee Safe City
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303
1 star - Action 8:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
City of West St. Paul participates in Adopt-A-Park year round for residents to pick litter and clean up weeds and brush in local parks.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 1:

Consistently monitor surface water quality/clarity and report findings to community members.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018 plan published
Implementation details:
Local Surface Water Management Plan (Of 2040 plan)
Assessments and monitoring in stormwater basins and local ponds/lakes; See comprehensive plan
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018 plan published
Implementation details:
Section 3
Goals
1. To protect, enhance, and restore the natural environment through sound land stewardship
practices in order to maintain a proper balance between human and environmental qualities.
2. To preserve significant open spaces and natural systems.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | kristy.otte@isd197.org | 651-207-6303
1 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1963
Implementation details:
West St Paul has many small wetlands and water bodies throughout the City. The shoreland of these water bodies consist of both public and private land. The City understands the need to regulate its public waters due to the affects on public health, safety and general welfare of the City, and therefore have an ordinance in place for shoreland management.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Dakota County and MN DNR
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

1 star - Action 3:

Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2008
Implementation details:
The City implemented an I&I ordinance in 2008. This includes mandatory inspections.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

1 star - Action 4:

Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018 plan published
Implementation details:
Sanitary Sewer Policy; 2040 Plan Chapter 11; Sanitary Sewer Policy
1. The City of West St. Paul is in agreement with the Metropolitan Council’s
population, housing, employment, and wastewater flow projections
through the year 2040.
2. The City of West St. Paul will implement the inflow and infiltration (I/I)
reduction activities outlined in the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding
between the City and the Metropolitan Council.
3. No new development will be permitted in the City unless connection to
the central sewer system is available and utilized.
4. All existing on‐site sewer systems will be converted to connection to the
central sewer system when the need for reconstruction arises.
5. The City has adopted MN Rules 7080 and Dakota County Ordinance 113
by reference to regulate the City’s remaining on‐site septic systems.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Metro Council
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

2 star - Action 1:

Improve city operations and procurement to prevent and reuse, recycle and compost waste from all public facilities (including libraries, parks, schools, municipal health care facilities), and minimize use of toxics and generation of hazardous waste.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
City of West St. Paul City Hall building participates in organics collection. Food waste and BPI certified compostable paper products are source separated and contracted to be brought to SET/The Mulch Store for composting, there by reducing the amount of material destined for incineration or landfill.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118
1 star - Action 2:

Address concerns over consumer products and packaging through encouragement/implementation of one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: unknown
Implementation details:
Extensive reuse, recycle, compost education in conjunction with Dakota Cty; website lets user enter name of item and description of how to dispose is given
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Dakota County
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | kristy.otte@isd197.org | 651-207-6303
3 star - Action 4:

Publicize, promote and use the varied businesses/services collecting and marketing used, repaired and rental consumer goods, especially electronics, in the city/county.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
City of West St. Paul partners with Dakota County to host Fix-It Clinics at the local library, and to help spread the word to residents about this valuable opportunity. Social media is used by the city as well as flyers and posters provided by the County.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118
2 star - Action 5:

Arrange for a residential and/or business/institutional source-separated organics collection/management program.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
City of West St. Paul partnered with Dakota County for an organics drop site located at Thompson Park. Currently the program has 1,117 total registered households, of which 487 are from West St. Paul. The rest are from surrounding communities. The organics drop site is free for any resident in the County to use and compostable bags are provided for residents to take and use.

WSP city website "Residents' removal of tree & yard waste - Call your rubbish hauler to arrange for pick-up or take yard & tree waste to a compost site. Two compost sites are close to WSP: South St. Paul Compost Site: 651-554-3204 and Gertens Retail Site: 651-450-1501. Call first for hours of operation, materials accepted and if there is a fee. For more, please visit the Residential Compost Sites in Dakota County website."
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Dakota County
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 star - Action 6:

Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
Two multi-unit properties located in the City were chosen as participants in a recycling pilot through the County in 2018. For those buildings, each resident was supplied with a recycling tote to hold their recyclables, a kitchen cling which detailed which items could be recycled, and an in-depth pamphlet with information on hazardous waste disposal, proper shredded paper disposal, and much more. Residents received totes in person by staff members from the city and Waste Wise, along with information from their building manager. Dumpsters at the locations were also labeled, and at one property, recycling containers were added to outdoor grilling areas. The pilot aimed to increase recycling at multi-unit dwellings within the city.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118

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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
The City of West St. Paul regulates residential burning location, duration and time, and which fuel sources cannot be used for burning. Fire extinguishing equipment must also be kept close by.
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For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118
1 star - Action 5:

Install, assist with and promote publicly available EV charging stations or public fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles. 

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
Thompson County Park located in the City of West St. Paul currently has two electric vehicle charging stations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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Dakota County
For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2008
Implementation details:
The City Council established an Environmental Committee in January 2008 to take the lead on environmental and sustainability issues within the City, and advise the Council on these matters
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
The City annually holds neighborhood meetings that include surveys on the City's performance. The surveys are also published on its website for residents to respond. Those results are shared annually (attached) and used to shape the next year's strategic goals by staff and Council.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
To promote business energy efficiency, and energy, waste and water use reduction the City of West Saint Paul shares business assistance and rebate programs on the City’s website. This information directs business to various resources including rebate and reward programs provided by utility providers, Energy Smart appliance rebate opportunities, energy and cost savings calculators developed by Energy Smart and the U.S. Department of Energy, and Dakota County’s business recycling grant and assistance program.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
1 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1995
Implementation details:
West Saint Paul has a vibrant and diverse commercial corridor in Robert Street, with many retail, food and specialty options. Throughout the years, the City has used different branding efforts to promote local business. In the 1990's the City used the tagline of "West St Paul, We're Close to it All!".

From 2015-2017 the entire Robert Street corridor underwent a complete reconstruction project. This kept much of the road closed or detoured at times and thus kept local residents from using the street. The City developed and promoted the "Shop Robert Street" campaign to promote local businesses, letting residents know they were still open for business.

During the past year while many businesses were closed or limited due to COVID restrictions, the City used a branding effort "#ShopWestStPaul". This was used in all website and social media posts that shared local and state restrictions and guidelines, in an effort to promote local business and remind people that businesses in West St Paul were still open for business.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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South Robert Street Business Association and MN DOT
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
The City of West St. Paul allows residents to keep domesticated chickens, pot-bellied pigs and beehives on their property.
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For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118
2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
A farmers market is held every Friday morning from June to October at Signal Hills shopping mall through the St. Paul Farmers Market. Neighbors Inc, a local non-profit, collects produce donations and unsold produce from farmers for their food shelf.

Also, the local school district uses part of the City's park for a school forest in return the City has an easement next to Garlough Elementary for a community garden.
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For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

2 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
West St. Paul is included in the Dakota County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan which is in place to prepare cities in Dakota County for extreme weather events. Within the city, Police Chief Brian Sturgeon is responsible for city preparedness and emergency response.

Residents of West St. Paul can sign up for Emergency Alert Notifications through Dakota County to keep them aware of emergency situations. The notification system allows you to specify how you would like to receive the emergency notification, such as your home, cell, email, text message, hearing impaired devices, and more.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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Dakota County and Neighboring Cities
For more information contact:
Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
Not rated - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 206
Implementation details:
Pollinator friendly plantings and practices resolution for city parks and other property (Resolution #16) "NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of West St.
Paul, Minnesota:
1. The City shall undertake its best efforts to become a Bee-Safe City by
implementing best management practices in the use of plantings and
pesticides in all public spaces within the city.
2. The City shall refrain from the use of systemic pesticides known to be
harmful to pollinators, specifically but not limited to those that contain
neonicotinoid.
3. The City shall undertake its best efforts to plant flowers favorable to
bees and other pollinators in the City’s public spaces.
4. The City shall designate Bee-Safe areas in which future City plantings
are free from systemic pesticides including neonicotinoids.
5. The City shall undertake best efforts to communicate to West St. Paul
residents the importance of creating and maintaining a pollinatorfriendly habitat.
6. The City shall publish a Bee-Safe City Progress Report on an annual
basis.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of West St. Paul urges all West St. Paul
property owners, residents, businesses, institutions, and neighborhoods to become more
pollinator-friendly by adopting practices including:
 Committing to not use pesticides, including systemic insecticides, on their
property;
 Avoid planting flowering plants that are treated with systemic insecticides;
 Planting more pollinator forage on their property and use organic or chemicalfree lawn and landscaping practices.
Adopted by the City Council of the City of West St. Paul this 22th day of February, 2016"
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Bee Safe
For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303
Not rated - Action 7:

Protect water supply and wastewater treatment facilities to reduce physical damage and sustain their function during extreme weather events.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018 plan published
Implementation details:
2040 Comprehensive Plan includes Ch 10 Water Supply and Ch 11 Sanitary Sewer. Water Supply section has outlined high vulnerability areas and has monitoring plans. Sanitary Sewer section includes plans for peak wastewater events. Also an inflow and infiltration plan is underway for residents. Chapter Within flood-prone areas, the Building Official shall require new and replacement water supply systems to be designed to minimize or eliminate infiltration of flood waters into the systems.
(2001 Code, § 450.13)
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For more information contact:
Kristy Otte (Community Volunteer) | dr.otte2013@gmail.com | 6512076303