City Detail

Background Information

City of South Saint Paul
County: Dakota
Population: 20436
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 90
Participating township, county, school: Special School District 6

GreenStep Coordinator

Deb Griffith
City Staff
651-554-3230
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: 34
1 star actions: 15
2 star actions: 14
3 star actions: 4

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 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:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
South St. Paul has recently updated energy and natural gas usage into Minnesota’s B3 benchmarking software for the City's public buildings. There has been no way to catalog city water usage as the city has not physically read its own meters for water usage. The Community Development Support Specialist is responsible for updating the website monthly as utility billing is received.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Monika Mann (City Staff) | mmann@southstpaul.org | 6515543273
2 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:
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Implementation details:
The Doug Woog Arena, which is owned by the City of St. Paul, was converted the lighting for the entire building to LED lighting.

At their meeting on Jan. 28, the South St. Paul School Board approved entering into an agreement to install solar panels at Kaposia Elementary. The action is the culmination of nearly a year of research and negotiation to assess the viability and sustainability of such a project.
In April 2018, the South St. Paul School Board approved a non-binding letter of intent to work with the State of Minnesota, Department of Administration – Office of Enterprise Sustainability (OES) to share information, evaluate potential options, and perform site visits on the subject of installing solar panels in the district. Through this process, the district identified Kaposia Education Center as a potential site of solar panels, given the age and structure of the building.

Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
By converting over, it Is estimated that the annual cost saving will be over 36,000 yearly.

Schools outcomes will be determined
Descriptive File: view file
South St. Paul Schools
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

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:
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Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
To promote water conservation, South St. Paul has a watering ordinance (§62-28) which regulates the times that residents may water their lawns. The Mayor also has the authority to declare a full watering ban.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

1 star - Action 3:

Replace the city's existing street lighting with Dark Sky-compliant LEDs, modifying any city franchise/utility agreement and adding smart grid attributes.

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Implementation details:
The City of South St. Paul currently replaces all outdoor light fixtures in need of replacing with LED fixtures on all City owned buildings. While we do not have a formal policy, we find it to be a best practice, be energy efficient, and saving the City money in the long run. This takes place at City Hall, the Public Works facility, the SSP Public Library, the SSP Airport, the Doug Woog Arena and within the SSP Park’s system.

It fits into the City’s overall goal of sustainability and noting that the change is made at the time to replace which is not only more cost effective but less wasteful than immediately changing over all fixtures (including ones that currently work just fine).

Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
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:
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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
The City of South St. Paul has placed the LED Solar-powered flashing signage on 5th Avenue, a very busy street where elementary students cross daily. It is well received by the parents, students and school in making it a safer walk to school.
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Dakota County and the South St. Paul School Disctrict
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 star - Action 3:

Plan for reuse of large-format retail buildings, or work with a local school, church or commercial building to either add-on space or repurpose space into new uses.

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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
The long-vacant former Wells Fargo Building at 161 Concord Exchange North was sold in 2018 and repurposed into a 68 unit apartment complex. The unit mix mainly consists of 1-bedroom units in addition to a few studio and 2-bedroom units. The amenity-rich residential community will include in-unit washer/dryer, a full kitchen appliance package, an interior common room and workout facility. Façade improvements include new brick and glass at the existing entryways, new windows throughout and a rooftop community lounge and patio. A portion of the lower level will be converted to underground parking in addition to repurposing the drive through lanes for additional parking.

South St. Paul’s Economic Development Authority was able to offer the developer a site improvement grant to purchase the property as well as Tax Incremented Financing (TIF) to help finance the site.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Economic Development Authority
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
2 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
Both the South St. Paul “Economic Development Strategy 2017-2020” and 2040 Comprehensive Plan emphasize redevelopment. Due to the City being virtually “built-out”, the City is aware that redevelopment is the best strategy for the future. The Economic Development Authority has this in mind as projects come through. The Comprehensive Plan has a small section focusing on infill, adaptive reuse & redevelopment. Additionally, the City offers special financing options for redevelopment projects.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

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.

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Implementation details:
The City of South St. Paul adopted a comprehensive plan in June 2009, which includes a land use plan and vision. The resolution approving the comp plan is attached. The plan looks 20 years into the future to 2030. Attached is a link to the city's comprehensive plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
1 star - Action 2:

Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.

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Implementation details:
Section 118-2 of the city's zoning ordinance states the following regarding the relation of the zoning ordinance to the comprehensive plan:

It is the policy of the city that the enactment, amendment, and administration of this chapter be accomplished with due consideration of the recommendations contained in the comprehensive municipal plan as developed and amended from time to time by the planning commission. The city council recognizes the comprehensive municipal plan as the planning commission's recommendations for the regulations of use and development in accordance with the policies and purpose herein set forth.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 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:
Attached is page 56 of the comprehensive plan (housing chapter) which states that a majority of South St. Paul's housing stock was developed at densities of 7.5 units per acre.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

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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Implementation details:
South St. Paul City Hall, South St. Paul Public Library, and Central Square (community center) are all located within the city's downtown, adjacent to a mix of residential and commercial uses, are well accessible by the sidewalk network, and accessible by bus transit (Metro Transit routes 68 and 71).
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
3 star - Action 5:

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

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Implementation details:
The city's C-1 (retail business district) allows for office, retail, educational, civic, and residential units all located within the same building. The city's downtown business district is primarily zoned C-1. The city's C-1 district regulations may be found in Section 118-126 at this link: https://www2.municode.com/library/mn/south_st._paul/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=SPBLADERE_CH118ZO_ARTIVDIRE_DIV1GE_S118-126REBUDI
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

Pending - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
South St. Paul has long included many elements that are found in a Complete Streets Policy when adding, reconstructing or modifying roadways. The City official adopted the Complete Streets Policy in October of 2019.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
1 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.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
In 2018, South St. Paul reconstructed Southview Boulevard and implemented traffic calming measures such as bump outs and intersection markings.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
In 2014, the city of South St. Paul adopted a bike and pedestrian plan (attached). There was a substantial public engagement component that gathered feedback from residents and stakeholders regarding existing bike/ped issues and desired improvements. The bike/ped plan has an existing route map with future trails and bikeways identified.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
1 star - Action 2:

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

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Implementation details:
The city has an approved Safe Routes to School plan for Lincoln Center Elementary (attached). The plan made recommendations of which trails and pedestrian ways to get kids to school. The city is currently seeking funding sources to implement the recommendations of the plan.

#2 The City of South St. Paul, South St. Paul Police Department, the SSP Schools District, Dakota County Public Health and MN Safe Routes to School and Bike MN committee has formed and are developing a safe walk to school campaign and will host an event on May 8th in which all 4 schools in the school district will celebrate walking to schools. This will be a kick-off event to encourage walking to schools, educating the students and families and continuing to assess sidewalk needs in SSP
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
SSP School District
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

1 star - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
The City of South St. Paul has administrative guidelines that when purchasing paper that it contains a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled content. For the bulk everyday paper purchase, the City has one central person that buys in bulk so that the proper paper is purchased. (On a side note, the city is purchasing less paper because agendas and flyers to the schools are now all electronic. In addition, working with Dakota County and receiving funding for recycling the community, a requirement is a minimum of 30% post consumed recycled content.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
1 star - Action 6:

Require printing services to be purchased from companies certified by Minnesota Great Printers or by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.

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Implementation details:
The City of South St. Paul mails out City Newsletters to the residents and uses GLS Companies for our newsletters. See attached.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
2 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
“The City of South St. Paul collects organics at City Hall for composting, and supplies compostable flatware in lunch rooms for employees. Large city events involving food have, and continue to use, compostable flatware to make the event more “green.” In addition, Organics collection had been present at “On The Road Again” in 2017 and 2018, offsetting the trash produced during the event.” In addition, other Community events has "gone green" and compostable (ie, Fill the Backpack Taco feed - all compostable, City Ribbon Cutting events - compostable items are used). At the Kaposia Days Parade, a group of youth is the Green Team and collects and sorts items from the parade goers and over 1/2 of the items were recycled instead of being placed in the landfill. When planning the events now. Going green is the norm. it is becoming the norm!
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Kaposia Days Parade: 31 bags of items collected - 17 were recycled
Annual Taco Feed: All items were recycled or composted
On the Road Again 2017 105 pounds of compostable items and 2018 85 pounds of composable items.
Descriptive File:
On the Road Again Committee, Kaposia Days Committee, Mispah Lodge #191, the Croatian Hall
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

3 star - Action 6:

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

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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
South Saint Paul established a Tree Management Plan in 2017 which includes an Emerald Ash Borer Strategy.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 star - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
South St. Paul, in partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), is offering rebates to residents that install a rain barrel or rain garden for the cost of instillation. This rebate is through the "One Water" Grant Program. Any residents that took part in the Landscaping for Clean Water Workshop and installed a rain garden is eligible for the rain garden rebate. Residents that install a rain barrel did not need to take part in the Landscaping for Clean Water Workshop to be eligible to receive the grant.

Additionally, South St. Paul's Stormwater Runoff Design Standards encourages rain gardens, rain reuse, trees and tree planters and green roofs as a method of storm water volume control.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Soil and Water Conservation District
For more information contact:
Monika Mann (City Staff) | mmann@southstpaul.org | 6515543273

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

2 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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Implementation details:
Section 42-90 of the South St. Paul City Code states the following:

Sec. 42-90. - Dedication.

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 462.358, Subd. 2b(b), the city council shall require as a condition of approval of any plan, replat, or subdivision, one of the following:

(1)That a reasonable portion of the buildable land be dedicated to the public to be preserved for public uses such as, but not limited to a park, playground, trail, or open space;

(2)That an equivalent cash contribution be made to the special park fund; or

(3)That a partial dedication of land and cash be made pursuant to section 42-93, as determined by the city council.

This article applies to plats, replats or subdivisions that create at least one new platted lot, provide for at least one additional dwelling unit, or provide for at least one additional commercial, mixed-use, nonresidential, or industrial unit.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
1 star - Action 3:

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

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Implementation details:
The 2009 Comprehensive Plan states that there are 237 acres of park/recreation space in the city. With a population of 20,436, this equates to 11.6 acres of park land per 1,000 residents.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
2 star - Action 5:

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

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The city also adopted resolution 2015-181 (attached) which endorses the protection of pollinators and enhancement of pollinator habitat for bees and butterflies. It is a commitment to best practices to avoid neonicotinoids, which are toxic for bees and butterflies. The city commits to purchasing only bee/butterfly friendly fertilizer and plantings.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
3 star - Action 8:

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

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The City of South St. Paul hosts the following programs giving back to the community.
The City runs an Adopt a Street, Park and River Programs. The River is an annual community event, the street program requires 2 cleanups a year and we host park clean-ups in the spring. In addition, we have a Blooming Parks program where volunteers plant and maintain park and city entrance signs funded by the City and has a "Weed Be Goners Club, where volunteers get together and beatify areas around the City. The City also hosts an All City Clean-up Day in the spring.
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Surface Water {BP no.19}

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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Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
City Code § 118-169 refers to the Shorelands ordinance. The ordinance was created “in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare to provide guidance for wise development of shorelands of public waters and thus to preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, preserve the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands, and provide for the wise utilization of water and related land resources of the state”.

Additionally the City has a Mississippi River Corridor Ordinance (§118-167) “to prevent and mitigate irreversible damage to the Mississippi River Corridor, to preserve and enhance its value to the public, and to protect and preserve the Mississippi River Corridor”.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

3 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:
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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
City Ordinance §110-152 regulates the use of outdoor burners/boilers, prohibits new outdoor burners/boilers and prohibits the use of outdoor burners/boilers after May 31, 2019.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

1 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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Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
A small group of South St. Paul Staff work collaboratively to further the City’s progress in the GreenStep Cities Program. Additionally, a GreenSteps page is available on the City’s website to keep residents informed about the program.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
2 star - Action 6:

Engage community youth and college students by creating opportunities to participate in city government.

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Year action initially completed: 2008
Implementation details:
The South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task force is made up of students in grades 5-12. The group has increased participation in the city’s annual food drive, provided fun events for other children in the community (ie. A pool party, annual water balloon fight), and promoted community education on various topics, including sustainability.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

1 star - Action 4:

Strengthen value-added businesses utilizing local "waste" material.

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South Saint Paul is fortunate to have multiple businesses, including Danner Inc., S & S Tree and Horticultural Specialist, and Twin Cities Pallet, that find other uses for “waste” material. S & S Tree utilizes materials they removed to create mulch or other wood products. Danner Inc. crushes and reutilizes concrete from previous job sites. Twin Cities Pallet is able to recycle, re-purpose, and repair old pallets as well as create custom pallets from recycled materials.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
1 star - Action 5:

Lower the environmental and health risk footprint of a brownfield remediation/redevelopment project beyond regulatory requirements; report brightfield projects.

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Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
In 2010, the City was awarded a grant through the EPA’s Brownfield Program to clean up the former Van Hoven Auxiliary site (455 Hardman Avenue). The site was used for parking and railroad storage for the Armour and Company meat processing facility. The soil onsite was contaminated with polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and other compounds. The site was also host to glass, brick, steal, slag and other debris that were left behind. The cleanup wrapped up in 2012 with all contaminated soil and buried debris being removed. The site has since been developed and is currently being used by a plumbing, heating and air service company.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

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 residential developments.

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Implementation details:
Section 15-9 of the City Code permits residential chicken keeping. A permit is required for keeping chickens.

The city also adopted resolution 2015-181 (attached) which endorses the protection of pollinators and enhancement of pollinator habitat for bees and butterflies. It is a commitment to best practices to avoid neonicotinoids, which are toxic for bees and butterflies. The city commits to purchasing only bee/butterfly friendly fertilizer and plantings.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
2 star - Action 3:

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

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# 1The City of South St. Paul, along with Wakota Federal Credit Union hosts a weekly Farmers' Market. We work closely with the Saint Paul Farmers' Market (as one of the satellites) and offer fresh produce to the residents. In addition, the SSP Farmers Market will be the pilot project to reduce the use of single use plastic bags and will be distributed usable canvas bags and mesh bags for the patrons.

After each market, a community volunteer takes donated produce from the farmers to Neighbors, Inc for free distribution to their patrons.

#2 The City of South St. Paul has a Community Garden with 107 garden plots and offers the patrons the opportunities to rent a spot for the season.

#3 The South St. Paul Community Learning Center has a school garden that is planted and maintained by the students. This was started in 2017 and has had good success with the location and the students tending is during the school year and summer. The fresh produce is distributed to the local food shelf (Neighbors, Inc).

The City of South St. Paul has a comm
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Wakota Federal Credit Union - South St. Paul School District
For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230

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.

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Implementation details:
South 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 Bill Messerich is responsible for city preparedness and emergency response.

Residents of South 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.
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For more information contact:
Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230