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Background Information

County:   Lyon
Population:   13,700
GreenStep City category:   A

Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.):   100

Participating township, county, school:
Lake Marshall Township Marshall Public Schools

GreenStep City resolution:   Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date:   STEP 3 (06/15/2016)

GreenStep Coordinator

Tom Hoff
Contractor
Tom.Hoff@swsc.org
507-537-2271

City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
http://www.marshallgreenstep.org

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 Files below summarize completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded each June to cities who report a minimum number of optional (and a few high-priority/core) metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics - see guidance documents for them at http://www.betterenergy.org/step4 - aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement beyond minimum thresholds in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data in the Metrics Files below.

Assessment Files
2019 - click to view assessment
2018 - click to view assessment

 


Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars. Mouse over a star for its definition.
Total completed actions: 40     1-star actions: 15     2-star actions: 15     3-star actions: 10    







Buildings and Lighting   Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings
{ BP no. 1 }

Complete the Building Editor for each city-owned building; identify the person responsible for routinely entering data; enter current (at least once/90 days), consecutive monthly energy use data ongoing; also best to enter 12 consecutive months of historical energy use data.
Complete 1 Star criterion and enter 24 consecutive months of historical data; routinely validate newly entered data by looking at patterns/trends and inconsistencies; correct inaccurate entries and identify potential opportunities for energy savings.
Complete 1 and 2 Star criteria, routinely ID energy-related operations and maintenance issues and poorer performing buildings for follow-up action; routinely enter current and consecutive (monthly or quarterly as available) water use data ongoing.
Action 1: Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Utility information for the City of Marshall and Marshall School District buildings has been entered into the B3 database dating back to 2007 and continues to be entered in on a regular basis.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Energy usage and utility costs are tracked and compared to benchmark data to validate energy efficiency improvement savings. Under performing buildings are targeted for additional savings opportunities.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall


Implement changes in one poorer-performing building and summarize the actions taken: updating temperature, ventilation and lighting schedules and setbacks; installing building-wide computer and office equipment power management software; assigning responsibility for turning off manual lights and other shared equipment; assuring that routine HVAC maintenance schedules are thorough and implemented at appropriate intervals; revising janitorial schedules to day-time hours; adjusting janitorial responsibilities to include regular cleaning of sensors, lamps and HVAC vents; installing lower-flow faucet aerators, dish sprayers, and showerheads to reduce hot water use.
Complete 1 Star criterion for two buildings. Post the Print Screen of the Baseline tab for one of the buildings with the Energy gauge showing at least a 5% decrease in energy use compared to the baseline period [12 months immediately prior to implementing changes]. Continue fine-tuning operations and maintenance procedures and monitoring energy usage to identify opportunities for additional savings.
Complete 1 and 2 Star criteria for two buildings. Use B3 to report at least a 10% decrease in energy use compared to the baseline period.
Action 2: Make no/low cost indoor lighting and operational changes in city-owned/school buildings to reduce energy costs.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
In 2010/2011, an energy audit was completed and savings opportunities identified. Areas with the most potential for energy savings at the lowest cost were targeted for efficiency improvements. This meant a lighting retrofit for the following buildings: City Hall, North Ambulance, the Parks Maintenance Shed, Airport Shop, MERIT Center, Wastewater treatment facility, and the Street Department. Due in part to the success of the first retrofits, additional retrofits were begun in 2014 to the Legion Field Swimming pool.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Street Dept replaced 500 watt incandescent lighting in its storage building with T-8 Highbay fluorescent fixtures resulting in improved lighting and a 75% reduction in energy usage. Overall the 2011 lighting retrofit resulted in an overall electric savings of 20%. An order has been put in for LED lighting for the Legion Field swimming pool, switching from the original incandescent lighting. Overall the project is expected to reduce the swimming pool's electric demand by 16,205 W, saving 28,453 kWh each summer.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall


Complete retrocommissioning and/or retrofitting work on one building. Summarize the actions taken. Update the B3 Building Editor as needed and change the Baseline Time Period to report energy/cost savings.
Complete retrocommissioning and/or retrofitting work financed by an energy performance contract, utility rebate or other means on two or more buildings. Post a print screen of B3 data to report energy/cost reductions.
Complete 1 and 2 Star criteria. In addition, use GESP or implement an internal program or use an external program/vendor that institutionalizes, and provides funding / incentives for, ongoing reductions in energy use by city-owned buildings (e.g. internal loan fund, shared savings with employees, capital budgeting based on energy savings, performance incentives and accountability, etc.).
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Energy audits were completed on all City buildings and savings opportunites identified. Buildings with the most potential for energy savings with the lowest cost were targeted for efficency improvements.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Lighting retrofits were completed at City Hall, Wastewater Facility, Parks Department, Airport, Ambulance building, and Merit Center, replacing all T-12 lighting with high performance T-8 lighting.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall


Install a building management system for city buildings for control via office computer or home laptop; implement power management of computers and other information technology energy saving strategies. Report actions taken and results achieved.
Engage employees to turn off, unplug, enable power management (if not controlled by building-wide IT software), or set timers on equipment, lights and chargers; minimize/use efficient models of personal appliances (personal refrigerators, space heaters, fans, coffee pots, etc.); use task lights instead of ceiling fixtures; optimize active use of windows, doors and interior shading devices to conserve energy. Report actions taken and results achieved.
Complete 1 and 2 Star criteria.
Action 4: Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads and building energy use.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
The New Marshall High School, Marshall Area YMCA, and Community Library all implemented a number of efficiency improvements during their construction within the last 10 years. Additional engineering and efficiency improvement rebates were provided through Marshall Municipal Utilities Energy Efficiency Rewards Program. Energy Management Systems are utilized at the Marshall High School, Junior High School, New Library, YMCA, and Municipal Utility office to control energy usage and costs. The energy management system at the new library controls light levels through daylight harvesting in addition to controlling HVAC settings based on time of day and occupancy. Common practice for all new City and School computer, office equipment, electronics, and appliance purchases is to specify ENERGY STAR models when available. The City waste water plant, lift stations, utility office, and water plant all participate in Utility Interruptible rates to control demand and energy costs.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Energy usage is continuously monitored through Minnesota B3 benchmarking. The School is in the process of re-commissioning to further improve it's efficiency and is seeking ENERGY STAR Certification.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, Marshall HIgh School


Geothermal systems should meet a minimum coefficient of performance of 3.3 for closed loop systems.
Use a waste heat stream to heat one or more buildings; create a district energy system/microgrid for several buildings (using waste wood, geothermal energy, gas turbine, fuel cell); harvest rainwater.
Integrate solar thermal or other renewable production into a combined heat & power system; use the constant temperature of drinking water pipes in a geothermal system.
Action 7: Install for one or more city-owned/school buildings one of the following efficiency measures:     [ Hide city details] b. A district energy/microgrid system.

a. A ground-source, closed loop geothermal system.

c. A rainwater harvesting system for building water use.

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
The new Marshall-Lyon County Library was constructed in 2011 and features a closed loop geothermal heating and cooling system using 54 wells. The Geothermal HVAC system provides efficient heating, cooling, and snow melting.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Engineers estimate 2,605,000 kBtu and $36,000 saved per year, and a simple payback of less than 3 years after utility rebates.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall, Lyon County


Efficient Existing Private Buildings
{ BP no. 2 }

Program activities include but are not limited to: information/education efforts via newsletters and the like; work with the local utility, local Community Action Program, local bank, or others; promote utility load management programs (fuel-switching, AC/water heater cycling); program participation reports. Report a rebate program to promote purchases of WaterSense-rated appliances under action 2.5; report work with businesses under action 25.2; report broad sustainability campaigns that go beyond energy efficiency under action 24.4
One or more of: provide more in-depth energy use reports; explicitly focus on improved indoor air quality; partner with others on low-interest loans, assistance to homeowners on weatherization, efficiency improvements; resident participation in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.
Participate in Xcel's Partners in Energy program; create a city program and report on number of households participating (e.g. took advantage of rebates, loans, grants, attended workshops, received home energy audit) and dollars or BTUs or therms saved.
Action 1: Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall Municipal Utilities markets it's energy efficiency programs and conservation through a number of different resources, including radio advertisement, newspaper, bill stuffers, open houses, and mailings. Conservation efforts are monitored and savings tracked. Marketing efforts are tailored to the appropriate season and adjusted as needed to capture new technologies and oportunities. Trade allies also help promote conservation efforts.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Conservation efforts are monitored and savings tracked. Marketing efforts are tailored to the appropriate season and adjusted as needed to capture new technologies and oportunities. Trade allies also help promote conservation efforts. Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU), in conjunction with Missouri River Energy Services, offered a $35 rebate to customers willing to part with their old inefficient, underutilized, refrigerator or freezer that may have been driving up their energy bills. The primary objective of the program is to help our customers remove their under-utilized, inefficient appliances off the grid and ensure they are properly recycled. MMU was able to eliminate approximately 36 inefficient appliances off of their system for an estimated annual savings of 27,100 kilowatt hours (kWhs). Since the inception of this program in 2010, 251 appliances have been recycled for a savings of 183,535 kWhs. The program will be offered again in the Spring of 2013

Descriptive links: http://www.marshallutilities.com/connector/20120706-Summer.pdf

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, Marshall Independent, Marshall Radio


City staff informs applicants of green building practices and resources.
All building permit applicants receive green building information and links to web resources, as well as references to local resources such as certified green builders.
Green building information offered to all applicants along with specific suggestions tailored to applications.
Action 2: Integrate green building best practices information and assistance into the building permit process.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
IN PROGRESS: Marshall Municipal Utilities offers an ENERGY STAR New Homes program which provides rebates for ENERGY STAR qualification. Conservation, rebate and energy efficiency information is sent out to new building permit holders.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall


Summarize watering ordinance; provide education/information around lawn watering and home water conservation and rain barrels. Report conservation rate structures and dynamic user feedback under action 20.7, rain gutter disconnects from sewers under action 20.3; education about home water softeners under 20.4
Report residential water use under 75 gal/capita/day; modify and adopt a model landscaping ordinance that encourages low water-use landscaping; assist owners of automatic or underground irrigation systems to install the state-required rain/moisture sensors; report water use reductions; become a WaterSense Partner.
Create and report on a rebate or feebate program to promote purchases of WaterSense- and/or Energy Star-rated appliances; review building water conservation strategies during development reviews; as code allows facilitate household/building site rainwater harvesting/reuse; prohibit city water from supplying lawn irrigation systems.
Action 5: Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a watering ordinance, water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall Municipal Utilities has an Odd/Even sprinkling ordinance in place to help conserve and balance the demand for water. A Water Conservation Rate is also in place for residental and sprinkling meters. Rebates are provided for WaterSense toilets along with free low flow shower heads and faucet aerators to Marshall residents.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Conservation efforts have increased considerably since implementing a water conservation rate in 2009. More than 70 WaterSense toilet rebates were given out since 2010 when the program began and over 2,600 low flow shower heads have been provided to date.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities


Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals
{ BP no. 4 }

Have a purchasing practice/policy/utility franchise agreement that specifies EnergyStar traffic signals.
Have a purchasing practice/policy/utility franchise agreement that specifies Dark-Sky street lighting. Streetlights should provide at least 75 lumens/watt (as do LEDs).
Document a purchasing policy/utility franchise agreement that requires LEDs for all new street lighting and traffic signals.
Action 2: Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
All new street light fixtures installed must meet Marshall Municipal Utilities requirements for Dark-sky compliance, efficiency, and light levels.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Nearly all of Marshall's Street lights have been replaced with new Dark-sky compliant energy efficient light fixtures as part of Marshall Municipal Utilities electric conversion project.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall


Negotiate phased-in LED replacement of existing street lighting technology not owned by the city; replace 1/3 of lights.
Include in a utility franchise or contract mandatory lamp replacement with LEDs; assure all lighting is Dark-Sky compliant; replace 2/3 of lights; use B3 to track energy use of street lighting whose electricity bills the city pays.
Replace 100% of lights; estimate and report annual cost/energy/maintenance savings of replacements; report smart grid attributes of street lighting and light poles.
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall Municipal Utilities policy is to replace all street light fixtures with new energy efficient fixtures as part of it's planned electric system improvement project.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Nearly all of Marshall's Street lights have been replaced with new Dark-sky compliant energy efficient light fixtures as part of Marshall Municipal Utilities electric conversion project.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities


Install at least one LED/solar-powered flashing sign, for example, warning flashers and wayfinding/signage lighting.
Install PV-powered or LED lighting as a pilot in a street, parking lot or park project. Examples include seasonally used park lighting (ice rinks, lighting in flood-prone areas, etc.).
Install routinely, as matter of policy, LED or solar powered lighting in street, parking lot or park projects.
Action 5: Use LED/solar-powered lighting for a flashing sign or in a street, parking lot or park project.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) implemented a pilot LED Street light project in 2010, installing 33 LED street light fixtures along State Street near Southwest Minnesota State University.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Following the intallation of MMU's LED fixtures , Southwest Minnesota State University also replaced 50 parking lot light fixtures with similar LED fixtures.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, Southwest Minnesota State University


Building Redevelopment
{ BP no. 5 }

Describe the expansion/reuse of a school building.
Describe city actions that assisted in the expansion/reuse of a big-box building into uses other than large-format retail.
The expansion/reuse of a school or big-box was done with explicit attention to green building practices and/or to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Rehabilitation.
Action 3: Plan for reuse of large-format retail buildings, or work with a local school to either add-on space or repurpose space into non-school uses.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   07/21/2015
Date of last report update:   07/21/2015

Implementation details:
A 36,000 square foot retail building was home to Alco (one of the first big box stores) and Running Fleet and Farm since 1979. It was empty for over four years as it was too small for modern big box retail and too big for the locally owned retail business. Brau Brothers, a regional brewery, started looking to relocate their brewery and considered Marshall as one of the candidate cities. The City of Marshall provided a $125,000 forgivable loan and another $125,000 low interest loan as a way to attract the business and make the most efficient use of the vacant property.

Outcome measures/metrics:
in 2013 Marshall secured the first ever brewery in Lyon County. The move for Brau Brothers allowed them to increase production from 5,000 barrels per year to over 25,000. The business contributes to the tax base of the community. Due to the rising popularity of craft breweries, Marshall has become a destination point for people that want tours or want to attend one of the many events that the brewery brings to town (e.g., concerts, etc.).

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Cal Brink (City staff)   |   calb@marshall-mn.org   |   507-337-0802

Partners:
Marshall Chamber of Commerce; City of Marshall; Lyon County Economic Development


Land Use   Land Use

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

Adopt a comp plan/amended comp plan that is less than ten years old or adopt a land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity less than 15 years ago, or Category B & C cities may adopt a city vision that looks at least 20 years into the future.
Include in your plan a sustainability section/chapter, an active living/placemaking/bike-ped section, or integrate sustainability goals and strategies into all chapters of your comprehensive plan, or articulate land development principles for creating a complete, compact and connected community. Report climate protection or energy independence goals and objectives under action 6.5
Adopt a development goal that new/infill projects generate enough tax revenue to pay for the related public infrastructure maintenance/replacement over multiple life cycles; reference a capital improvement plan that catalogues public system maintenance obligations by date and cost; create 'green zones' that focus environmental improvements in under-served areas of the city; adopt the Precautionary Principle.
Action 1: Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
A Comprehensive Plan was completed in 1996 with updates and amendments in 2004. Discussion is taking place about a plan update.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Goals will change in subsequent updates, but current goals address: 1)development of bike and walking trails, 2)conservation of natural resources, 3) curbside recycling 3) alternative energy sources 4) wetland protection 5) water quality and conservation 6) building preservation Sustainability-related goals are scattered throughout the document rather than being listed in a specific section, although there is a section outlining the state of Marshall's environment when the plan was written.

Descriptive links: http://marshallmn.com/main/index.php/public-works/planning-zoning/comprehensive-plan

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760

Partners:
City of Marshall


Document where in the zoning code or development regulation the comprehensive plan is referenced as a foundational document or that the purpose of the code is to implement the comprehensive plan.
Comprehensive plan referenced in all land use and development ordinances and regulations in addition to zoning code ordinances; zoning decisions are required to reference/be in compliance with the comp plan.
Conduct an audit of ordinances; individual ordinances or ordinance sections should be introduced with a "Purposes" section that includes language such as the following: "The XXX regulations specifically implement the following goals from the Comprehensive Plan:"
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Regulatory ordinances comply with the city comprehensive plan and the plan is referenced in the CODE OF ORDINANCES CITY OF MARSHALL. The comprehensive plan is listed as a basis for several ordinances.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The following are links to specific ordinances referencing the comprehensive plan: http://library.municode.com/HTML/13297/level3/PTIICOOR_CH66SU_ARTIINGE.html#PTIICOOR_CH66SU_ARTIINGE_S66-2PUCH http://library.municode.com/HTML/13297/level3/PTIICOOR_CH66SU_ARTIINGE.html#PTIICOOR_CH66SU_ARTIINGE_S66-9COPLPLCHPRADRU http://library.municode.com/HTML/13297/level3/PTIICOOR_CH86ZO_ARTIINGE.html#PTIICOOR_CH86ZO_ARTIINGE_S86-3PUINCH http://library.municode.com/HTML/13297/level3/PTIICOOR_CH86ZO_ARTIINGE.html#PTIICOOR_CH86ZO_ARTIINGE_S86-5IN

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13297

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
City of Marshall


Include plan requirements (in a comp plan or another planning document) on coordinated action with surrounding or overlapping jurisdictions for several of these issues: land use, watershed/groundwater impacts, transportation, sewer and water, economic development, housing and foreclosures, police, fire, health; adopt a wellhead / source water protection plan.
Convene discussions or enter into agreements (joint service or others) with surrounding communities on at least 3 of these issues; adopt a comp plan goal to monitor and/or remediate all LUSTs within the city's DWSMA/SWPA.
Jointly invest in infrastructure to avoid duplication or improve performance; as part of inter-city discussions mentor another GreenStep city.
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   11/19/2013

Implementation details:
The 2004 plan references the 2002 Lyon County comprehensive plan which addresses models of township-city interaction. The Lyon County Plan also provides a framework for orderly annexation agreements. Further information can be found on pages 127-130 of the 2004 Marshall Comprehensive Plan.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Issues covered by the Lyon County plan include: land use, sewer and water, economic development, housing and for foreclosures.

Descriptive links: http://marshallmn.com/main/images/works/pdf/City-of-Marshall-1996-Comprehensive-Plan.pdf

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760


Mixed Uses
{ BP no. 8 }

Ordinance allows mixed uses.
Ordinance: requires residential-only PUDs to be adjacent to commercial development or to be served by frequent transit; encourages EV charging stations.
Ordinance: requires a mix of uses; requires installation of EV charging stations.
Action 3: Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development or to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   11/19/2013

Implementation details:
The City's PUD ordinance allows for mixed uses in addition to higher density uses.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/HTML/13297/level3/PTIICOOR_CH86ZO_ARTVPLUNDE.html#TOPTITLE

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773


Describe to what degree the district used the Minnesota Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development.
Existence of horizontal mixed use; a downtown overlay district; light industrial uses.
Allow mixed use of office, retail, educational, civic, and residential units all located within the same building.
Action 5: Have a downtown zoning district that allows residential and compatible commercial development.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   11/19/2013

Implementation details:
There is as downtown zoning district which allows for mixed uses of buildings (ie apartments on top of businesses). The district is outlined in the comprehensive plan.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://marshallmn.com/main/images/works/pdf/City-of-Marshall-1996-Comprehensive-Plan.pdf

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773


Transportation   Transportation

Living Streets
{ BP no. 11 }

A city council resolution to develop standards; a policy governing city-owned streets; routine consideration of complete streets elements in all streets projects; explicit complete streets comp/strategic plan direction, that expresses the city's intent to facilitate multi-modal transportation (at least one route for each mode); include consideration of EV charging stations.
A city-council-adopted complete streets policy and implementation criteria.
A Living Streets policy; modify street design standards/practices according to policy, addressing multimodal transportation, trees and stormwater; include provisions/performance measures that account for the needs of the most vulnerable users, aiming to deliver benefits to all users equitably, particularly vulnerable users and the most underinvested and underserved communities; possible additional elements include align new streets to give buildings energy-efficient passive solar orientations; address public art in the street right-of-way; use a sustainable infrastructure tool; give consideration to growing use of ridesharing services and shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) by, for example, planning for more drop-off road sections.
Action 1: Adopt a complete streets policy or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2016
Date of last report update:   04/29/2016

Implementation details:
Since becoming a Level 1 GreenStep City in 2012 the City of Marshall has demonstrated a commitment to the Complete/Living Streets standards by implementing a number of practices to improve and encourage safe, multimodal transportation in the community. The city partnered with Marshall GreenStep, Healthy56258, and the Southwest Regional Development Commission to conduct an extensive Health Impact Assessment in 2015 in an effort to look at the sidewalk and biking/walking path infrastructure, and to determine gaps. The study also looked at some problem intersections in the community. Input was sought from community members and several listening sessions were held to gather information. The final report and recommendations were presented to the City Council and received very favorably. In the past 5 years the number of miles of paved trails has more than doubled. Marshall now has 12.73 miles of on-street and 14.34 of off-street bike/walking paths, and in 2015 completed a 14 miles off-street path that connects the City of Marshall with the City of Lynd and Camden State Park. A Safe Routes to Schools application has also been written and submitted by a partnership that is concerned about making sure students can get to and from schools efficiently and safely. One of the most recent examples of commitment to Complete/Living Streets was the redesign of one of the most dangerous intersections in the Minnesota for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The Saratoga Street segment and Highway 23 intersection were redesigned to include “J-Turns” to reduce right angle car crashes. A large pedestrian bridge and bike/walking trail were constructed to provide convenient and safe biking and walking access to several neighborhoods that were separated by dangerous levels of traffic.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Marshall has achieved Tree City USA status since 2014. The City of Marshall has a Surface Water Management Utility as identified by Chapter 78, Article III. of the City Code of Ordinances. Revenues derived from stormwater utilities are dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and operation of the storm sewer drainage system and for education of stormwater best practices. Marshall now has 12.73 miles of on-street and 14.34 of off-street bike/walking paths, and in 2015 completed a 14 miles off-street path that connects the City of Marshall with the City of Lynd and Camden State Park. A pedestrian bridge and reduced conflict intersection was completed in 2015 and safety data is collected on-going.

Descriptive links: http://ci.marshall.mn.us/main/index.php/public-works/engineering/construction-projects/highway-23-saratoga-project

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
GreenStep Committee; Healthy 56258; Southwest Regional Development Commission


Remedy at least one complete street gap, including using alleys. Report green alley interventions under action 17.5
Inspect, evaluate, inventory and map your roadway network for complete streets insufficiencies and develop a prioritized transition plan and timeline for remedying the insufficiencies and gaps. Pay particular attention to multimodal conflict areas and transit connections to serve users and destinations.
Routinely budget complete streets improvements through roadway & bridge capital improvement & maintenance projects; show project cost-savings through innovative/collaborative efforts with other jurisdictions/stakeholders; address street corridor issues by infill, adding bridge liner (retail on a bridge to be rebuilt in a walkable corridor), etc.
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/26/2016
Date of last report update:   01/27/2016

Implementation details:
In an effort to improve connectivity and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, the City of Marshall has solicited public input and formed new partnerships to increase the number of bike lanes, miles off-street paved trails, and make connections between the other cites and regional parks. With assistance from the Southwest Regional Development Commission a Health Impact Assessment was conducted in 2015 which provided information about sidewalk and trail gas as well as problem intersections.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Main Street Reconstruction of twelve blocks of sidewalks 2016 – replacing deteriorated pedestrian sidewalks after MNDOT improvements of ADA ramps at all intersections in 2015. 12.73 miles of painted bike lanes with signs to improve drivers awareness of cyclists and provide designated cycling lanes. 14.34 miles of paved off-street bike trails to connect all major areas of the city. Reconstruction of Trails – Holy Redeemer & Avera. Unprecedented partnership between the City of Marshall, Lyon County, City of Lynd and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to share financial resources and in-kind staff contributions to construct a paved off-highway trail to connect Marshall, Lynd and Camden State Park (14 miles completed in fall of 2015). Safe Routes to School Planning Grant 2016 application with the following partners: Marshall Middle School, West Side School, Marshall Area Christian School, Holy Redeemer, Park Side School.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760

Partners:
City of Marshall, City of Lynd, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Camden State Park Staff, Lyon County, Marshall Public Schools


Make functional/recreational walking/biking possible between at least one park/open area and city streets. Report remedies for gaps entirely within your city's system of parks, off-road trails and open spaces under best practice action 18.1
Add a walking/bike trail that significantly improves access between two areas without a full network of streets, e.g., connecting cul-de-sacs within a housing development that has very long blocks.
Fully integrate your street and off-road trail network to facilitate bike/ped commuting; report under action 18.1 a walking/biking trail that connects your city to a key destination/area/trail outside the city.
Action 5: Identify and remedy street-trail gaps between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails to better facilitate walking and biking.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/26/2016
Date of last report update:   01/26/2016

Implementation details:
If you look at a Minnesota map of paved bike trails you will notice that southwest Minnesota clearly has fewer trails that most other areas of the state. For the past 25+ years there has been a vision for a paved bike trail that would connect Marshall with Camden State Park. The 14 mile trail was finally completed in 2015 due to an historical partnership between the City of Marshall, Lyon County, City of Lynd, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Outcome measures/metrics:
$2.6 million in Legacy Funds Secured. Financial and In-kind contributions from City of Marshall, City of Lynd and Lyon County. 14 mile section of trail completed that connects 2 cities and a Minnesota State Park.

Descriptive links: http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/568921/City--county--state-hail-the-trail.html?nav=5015

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760

Partners:
City of Marshall, City of Lynd, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lyon County, Camden State Park Staff


Mobility Options
{ BP no. 12 }

A basic map that shows (by neighborhood if a larger city) key civic/commercial sites, best bike and pedestrian routes, and transit routes and schedules; as needed distribute print materials in different languages; report increases in walk/bike counts.
Installed infrastructure such as designed bike or pedestrian or transit facilities like park and ride lots (report sidewalks/bike lanes under action 11.4), OR document the increase in employeer-offered transportation fringe benefits, OR report a Walk Score of 70+ or an increase in your city's Walk Score.
Be recognized as a Bicycle or Walk Friendly Community, OR require routine installation of infrastructure, such as bike parking, for all new multifamily and non-residential developments, OR allow property owners to substitute bike parking spaces for required car parking spaces.
Action 1: Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:     [ Hide city details] a. Produce/distribute route maps, signage or a web site.

b. Document increased bike facilities, such as racks, bike stations or showers.

c. Add bus infrastructure, such as signage, benches, shelters, park and ride lots, and real-time arrival data-streaming.

d. Increase the number of employers promoting multiple commuting options, including offering qualified transportation fringe benefits instead of only a tax-free parking fringe benefit.

e. Be recognized as a Walk Friendly or Bicycle Friendly Community.

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Pioneering a Healthier Marshall in conjunction with the City of Marshall has developed and distributed updated maps to encourage walking and biking. There are also several kiosks located on the trail system to promote trail use.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Trail maps are available at city offices, the chamber of commerce, community businesses, trail kiosks and the city website. Bike racks have been expanded and include locations at: Aquatic Center, all public and private schools, all city parks, 3 downtown locations, city/county library, and Southwest Minnesota State University. Marshall was selected as the first MN city destination as part of the Tour de Kota cycling event in 2012 because of its reputation as a bike friendly community.

Descriptive links: http://www.swmnbiking.com/main/

For more information contact:
Cindy Rosa (Community volunteer)   |   cindyr@marshallareaymca.org   |   507-532-9622

Partners:
Pioneering a Healthier Marshall


Page on chamber of commerce site includes links to one or more services.
Page on city web site includes links to one or more services; note discounts for different populations (children, students, elderly, low-income).
Information includes or has easy links to costs, routes, operation hours, etc.; promote interconnections among different services.
Action 3: Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
The Marshall Visitors and Conventions Bureau home page has a link for various transportation options and Western Community Action, Inc. has specific route information available on their site as well. The bus service website is also prominently linked on the Marshall city homepage.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Link on the page have contact information, costs and schedules for Bus Service, Taxi, Car Rental and Aviation options.

Descriptive links: http://www.wcainc.org/transit/

For more information contact:
Linda Erb (City staff)   |   info@GoMarshall.net   |   507-537-1865

Partners:
Marshall Visitors and Convention Bureau


Environmental Management   Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing
{ BP no. 15 }

Have a written policy/guidelines/practices specifying at minimum the purchase of Energy Star equipment/appliances and recycled-content paper (at least 30% post-consumer). Report street lighting/traffic signal policy/purchases under action 4.2; vehicle policy/purchases under 13.2 and 13.3
Have a formal policy adopted by the city council; note if this includes centralized purchasing into one office/person.
For the city’s top 10 categories of spend, track the purchases of sustainable products/services purchased annually compared to non-sustainable products/services purchased; join with other cities in joint purchasing of environmentally preferable products and summarize EPP purchases.
Action 1: Adopt a sustainable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least:     [ Hide city details] a. EnergyStar certified equipment and appliances and

b. Paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.

Date action report first entered:   03/29/2016
Date of last report update:   03/29/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Marshall has an administrative practice of purchasing Energy Star rated equipment and appliances, whenever they are available. Several years ago they started to move toward using recycled paper in their printers and copiers, but had some negative experiences with dust, jamming and warranty issues. Knowing that the quality of recycled paper has improved, they are committed to move forward with utilizing at least 30% post-recycled content paper and are soliciting feedback from other GreenStep Cities to see what brands they are using, what experiences they have had over the years, and any other recommendations that Marshall should consider. Once a cost effective and proven brand has been identified it will be tested in several printer/copiers for reliability. At that time Marshall will adopt guidelines to purchase at least 30% post-recycled content paper along with their current commitment to buy energy star rated equipment.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Monthly tracking of print and copy jobs processed with a goal of lowering paper consumption over time.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760

Partners:
Marshall GreenStep Committee


Purchase above the renewable electricity grid mix required in state law: purchased renewable energy credits ("green tags") and/or a city government subscription of electricity from a community solar garden (note: some CSG reports are under action 26.6) and/or a "third-party" agreement whereby the city leases roof (or other) space to a company that installs & owns generating capacity sold to the city. Report under action 26.5 city use of 'free energy' generated by city-owned renewable energy technology; report city promotion of resident/business purchases from a community solar garden under 26.4
Purchase electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels & steam heat such that in total energy content renewables make up at least 35%; report if municipal utility generation mix is above that required by MN law.
Purchase 100% renewable electricity for city operations from a solar garden, 3rd party, or via green tags; purchase electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels & steam heat such that in total energy content renewables make up at least 50%; join the Green Power Partnership.
Action 2: Purchase energy used by city government - via green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   04/16/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Marshall receives its power from Marshall Municipal Utility. Currently 15% of our electricity comes from wind resources and 17% is supplied by hydropower. Overall, renewable energy supplies 32% of total purchases by the City of Marshall.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities


Adopt a policy or adopt practices for meetings and events hosted by city government addressing issues such as solid waste generated (e.g., paperless city council packets), transit/carpooling to meetings/events. This could include distributing educational materials about holding a no-waste event for use at city-supported events such as National Night Out / Night to Unite. Report broader multi-topic educational material distributed at events under action 24.4
Have a policy for meetings and events taking place on city property, including parks and libraries; include healthy/local/organic food elements.
Work with at least the largest private venue in the city (such as a conference center) to cut waste generation by at least 1/3 and to increase recycling by at least 1/3; adopt internal departmental carbon fees.
Action 7: Lower the environmental footprint of meetings and events in the city.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Tour de Kota bicycle event hosted nearly 400 bicyclists in June 2012 and was our first GreenStep City event. Marshall City Council meetings have adopted a paper-less meeting program.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Implemented the following green practices: -Refilling water stations eliminated plastic bottles. -Reduced printed material by developing a weblink and the use of QR codes for smartphones. -Recycling and waste stations located throughout campground. -Reusable signs for future events. -Posted event schedules vs. printed handouts. Marshall City Council meetings have lowered their environmental footprint by going paperless.

Descriptive links: http://council.marshallmn.com/

For more information contact:
Tom Hoff (Contractor)   |   Tom.Hoff@swsc.org   |   507-537-2271

Partners:
Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Visitors and Conventions Bureau, Marshall Public Schools, Public Safety


Urban Forests and Soils
{ BP no. 16 }

Certified for current year.
Certified for 30 or more years, or recent recipient of a Growth award.
Certified for at least 10 years with an annual tree budget (for maintenance, planting, replacements, removals) of at least $8 per resident (4X the Tree City requirement) or have calculated and publicized the financial and other benefits of trees to your city.
Action 1: Certify as a Tree City USA.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   07/13/2015
Date of last report update:   07/14/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Marshall has been recognized as a 2014 Tree City USA. This is a national recognition program of the Arbor Day Foundation that awards communities that meet the four core standards of urban forestry management. These standards are: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and the celebration of Arbor Day. Tree Board or Department: Glenn Olson, the Director of Public Works and Zoning Administrator, serves as this position for the City of Marshall. Tree Ordinance: A tree ordinance was established in Marshall on November 11, 1997. It can be found in Chapter 82 –Vegetation, Sections 82-1 and 82:21-33. Tree Expenses: The population of Marshall is 13,700 and in 2014, the total forestry expenditure was $104,980. The expenses per capita were $7.66. Arbor Day Celebration: Mayor Robert Byrnes proclaimed May 1, 2014 as Arbor Day. As an Arbor Day celebration, Marshall High School students planted trees near the athletic fields on school grounds.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Tree City USA award was presented to the City of Marshall at a City Council meeting on May 12, 2015. High school students planted dozens of new trees near the school on May 5, 2015 which was part of the Arbor Day celebration.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
City of Marshall; Marshall GreenStep Committee; Marshall Municipal Utilities


Street trees are provided on both sides of at least 60% of the main downtown street at intervals averaging no more than about 40 feet, excluding driveways, utility vaults and street portions inhospitable to trees. Report living snow fences under action 9.3
Major effort providing or offering residents / businesses trees to plant on private property.
Maximize climate resilient tree planting/landscaping on the entire blocks along mainstreet by, for example, funneling money from a business improvement district to alley plantings, pocket/corner parks, parking lot plantings behind buildings, a community depaving party, and the like.
Action 4: Maximize tree planting along your main downtown street or throughout the city.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   07/14/2015
Date of last report update:   07/14/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Marshall has enacted a landscape ordinance that requires specific green space and tree plantings within developments. A copy is available on the City website. The landscaping ordinance is reviewed with all proposed development submissions. The ordinance specifies the rate of trees per square foot of exposed ground, per foot of lot street frontage, multiple species and disease resistance requirements, etc. The City has its own tree farm that includes a wide variety of evergreen and deciduous species and uses the trees throughout the City for replacements and new developments. Marshall Municipal Utilities invests in tree planting and sells trees at low prices to customers to be planted within the community.

Outcome measures/metrics:
In the five block stretch of Marshall's Downtown Main Street retail district there are 63 boulevard trees with an average spacing of 30 feet between them. Marshall's tree farm has over 600 trees located in three locations in the City. Marshall Municipal Utilities plants between 150 and 200 trees each year and sells and additional 400 per year to its customers for planting. The City of Marshall plants about 300 trees per year.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/marshall/codes/code_of_ordinances

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
City of Marshall; Marshall Municipal Utilities


Stormwater Management
{ BP no. 17 }

Create a legal stormwater utility with different fees (e.g., fees based on parcel size, based on land use).
Achieve 1-star rating and offer commercial property owners decreased fees based upon an increased percent pervious surface coverage.
Achieve 2-star rating AND offer residential owners decreased fees based upon an increased percent pervious surface coverage; use 100% of fees for stormwater program.
Action 4: Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize enhanced stormwater management, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   04/06/2016
Date of last report update:   04/06/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Marshall has a Surface Water Management Utility as identified by Chapter 78, Article III. of the City Code of Ordinances. The fees are variable and dependent upon land use and land size. Revenues derived from the utility are dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and operation of the storm sewer drainage system and for education of stormwater best practices.

Outcome measures/metrics:
University, high school, and middle school students monitor Redwood River water quality, as it enters and leaves the City of Marshall. Information gained is entered into the World Water Monitoring Database, and shared with City leaders and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/560506/Just-testing-the-waters.html?nav=5015

Descriptive links: www.municode.com/library/mn/marshall/codes/code_of_ordinances

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities, Marshall GreenStep Committee, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall Public School, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


Parks and Trails
{ BP no. 18 }

Remedy at least one connectivity break by, for example, completing a missing trail section, acquiring a high quality natural area, a priority stormwater management area, vacant space in a high amenity/redevelopment area, a rail corridor. Report remedies for street-to-trail gaps (between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails) under best practice action 11.5.
Remedy at least 3 connectivity breaks; fund trails out of adjacent street assessments; sign at least one shared use agreement with a school that allows public use of school outdoor facilities outside of school hours.
Remedy/plan/budget for 75% or more of the gaps; add a walking/biking trail that connects your city to a key destination/area/trail outside the city.
Action 1: Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/26/2016
Date of last report update:   01/27/2016

Implementation details:
In the past 5 years the City of Marshall has completed a comprehensive analysis of biking and walking paths in an effort to improve safety and connectivity. During this time the number of miles of paved trails has more than doubled. As part of this effort a Health Impact Assessment was conducted (see attached) through community surveys and listening sessions. A report of the Health Impact Assessment findings were presented to the Marshall City Council.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Reduced conflict intersection and pedestrian overpass ($5.4 million) 2016 completion (access to residential and Marshall Middle School). Pedestrian Underpass ($1.1 million) Connecting Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall High School and the Amateur Sports Center under four lane interregional corridor (Minnesota Highway 23). Windstar Street pedestrian access from residential neighborhood to developing commercial area. Downtown bike path and pedestrian connection from downtown to YMCA, dog park, Library and the Marshall Middle School. 12.73 miles of on-street bike paths and 14.34 miles of off-street bike paths. Completion of off-street paved bike path connecting the City of Marshall, City of Lynd and Camden State Park (14 miles)

Descriptive links: http://swmnride.com/main/index.php/biking.html             view file

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760

Partners:
City of Marshall, City of Lynd, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lyon County, Camden State Park Staff


Introduce low/no mow areas into parkland; proactively manage invasive species; collect recyclables; use compost as a soil amendment. List garden plots in city parks under BP 27.3; report electric utility vehicles under 13.2
Introduce low/no mow areas into parkland AND utilize organic or integrated pest management; certify through the MPCA at least one city staff person at Level 1 in turf grass BMPs; collect compostables; adopt a pollinator habitat policy.
Provide sources of non-potable water, or surface/rain water, for parkland irrigation; require all city-licensed turf grass services to have staff certified at Level 1 in MPCA turf grass BMPs; introduce sheep/goats to keep grass mowed/invasives at bay; raise honey on city land/buildings; other innovative methods.
Action 5: Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:     [ Hide city details] a. Low maintenance turf management; native landscaping; organic or integrated pest management; pollinator/monarch-safe policies.

b. Recycling/compostables collection; use of compost as a soil amendment.

c. Sources of nonpotable water, or surface/rain water, for irrigation.

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2016
Date of last report update:   02/01/2016

Implementation details:
Marshall Minnesota was officially designated as a Minnesota Amateur Regional Sports Center in 2008. Since that time the city has successfully lobbied for $4 million in state bonding and passed a 1.5 percent lodging/food & beverage tax as well as a .5 percent general sales tax to fund construction of 4 competition baseball/softball field, improve existing soccer fields and the building of a two sheet ice arena. Keeping the grass on baseball and soccer fields in competition condition requires enormous volumes of water for irrigation. To reduce the use of city water and reduce the amount of water flowing into the stormwater system, a holding pond was constructed near the sports complex that will hold approximately 13.5 million gallons of water when it is filled to the normal water level. Additionally, the newly constructed baseball/softball fields have tiled infields, so the excess water is collected and flows directly into the holding pond, which can be used for irrigation at a later time.

Outcome measures/metrics:
One pond was constructed with capacity for 13.5 million gallons of water up to the normal water level. Up to 10 million gallons of water could be available to baseball/softball diamonds and soccer fields. The City anticipates using approximately 1.7 million gallons of water per month for irrigation at the complex. If the City had to purchase this water from the local utility, it would cost over $10,000 per month to irrigate at the above stated rate.

Descriptive links: http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/573900/The-MARSH-is-launched.html?nav=5015

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
City of Marshall, Marshall Public School, Southwest Amateur Sports Commission


Create an annual event (can be in cooperation with other organizations) or ongoing 'adopt a park' effort for volunteer trash cleanup of open space, buckthorn removal, etc. for parks or selected public open space areas. Report gardens plots in city parks under BP 27.3
In addition to cleanup and removal of exotics (1 Star), engage community members in annual restoration of natural areas (replanting shoreland buffers, restoring prairie, etc.).
Create and fund an annual city-wide event for cleanup and restoration, engaging residents in most neighborhoods and creating a public promotion around the event.
Action 8: Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   03/29/2016
Date of last report update:   03/29/2016

Implementation details:
In an effort to educate and engage community members about the problem of trash in the City, the Marshall GreenStep City Clean-up Day was established in 2013. The event occurs annually during Earth Day (week) and involves clean-up of parks, waterways and empty lots in the City of Marshall. In 2016 the event will expand beyond the clean-up of problem areas to help people recycle or properly dispose of common items in their homes (car batteries, mattresses, appliances, old paint, electronics, clothing, household items, etc.)

Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2016 868 pounds of trash were picked up in 15 problem areas in the city by 327 volunteers. Total volunteer hours equaled 8,127 hours. The trash from one lot was analyzed for content and to serve as a baseline for future years. That one lot had 7 lbs of plastic shopping bags (359 bags). Meetings were held with area businesses to determine management plans for reducing the blowing of trash in the community.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Tom Hoff (Contractor)   |   Tom.Hoff@swsc.org   |   507-537-2271

Partners:
Marshall Public Schools;Marshall GreenStep; Cultures United; Southwest Minnesota State University; Marshall Fire Department; Holy Redeemer School; SMSU Enactus: Sentence to Serve; Karen Organization


Resilient Economic & Community Development   Resilient Economic & Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement
{ BP no. 24 }

A staff green team, or small working group (e.g., city manager, council member, citizen commission chair) exists; city participation in a multi-city/regional green team; annual news article/media to community members referencing GreenStep (& other programs as relevant); city web has a link to city's GreenStep web page.
A citizens group, city task force/commission or committee of city staff/officials exists to lead and coordinate sustainability/GreenStep implementation; a report available online with details on city's sustainability accomplishments.
A committee of city staff/officials and community members (business, education, religious) exists; annual report includes some metrics, such as dollars spent/saved, energy saved, and any sustainability indicators measured, and energy/carbon inventory data or ecological footprint data if gathered; participation in a county/multi-city green team.
Action 1: Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   07/14/2015
Date of last report update:   07/14/2015

Implementation details:
In 2011 a group of public and private citizens began meeting to discuss environmental challenges in the City of Marshall. On April 26, 2012 the Marshall City Council officially designated the group as the Marshall GreenStep Committee. The committee is comprised of city staff, privates business owners, agencies, and concerend citizens. They meet monthly to share information and work on various GreenStep Best Practices. Prioritization and completion of Best Practices are coordinated with city leadership and departments. Information about the GreenStep activities and Best Practice accomplishments is shared through newspaper articles, links from the City and Chamber websites, and frequent presentations to the City Council/Rotary/Kiwanis.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Two to three newspaper articles per year on Marshall GreenStep activities. Weekly links from the Chamber newsletter to the Marshall GreenStep web page. One to two presentations to the Marshall City Council each year. Two to three presentations to the Marshall Rotary and Kiwanis clubs each year. The Marshall GreenStep page has a direct link to the Marshall page on the Minnesota GreenStep Cities website so anyone can see the Best Practices completed.

Descriptive links: http://www.marshallgreenstep.org/

For more information contact:
Tom Hoff (Contractor)   |   Tom.Hoff@swsc.org   |   507-537-2271

Partners:
Marshall GreenStep Committee, City of Marshall, Marshall Municipal Utilities, Lyon County Recycling


Report goals/outcomes annually from plans such as comprehensive, parks, library, housing, stormwater, drinking water, transportation, economic development, energy, sustainability. Issue a city Performance Management Report; use a simple form at http://tinyurl.com/24-2template
Achieve 1 Star rating AND identify specific steps from city departments on how to improve performance or meet goals that were not met in the previous year.
Integrate goals/outcomes reporting explicitly into the city capital improvement planning process, identifying how public dollars are targeted to meeting sustainability goals in the plans.
Action 2: Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   03/29/2016
Date of last report update:   04/06/2016

Implementation details:
Reporting on all city goals and significant initiatives are available via video on http://marshallstudio1tv.com All City Council Meetings are also available via video at this same site. Reports, such as the Annual Finance Report and Economic Development Report are available at www.ci.marshall.mn.us Community members are invited to an annual Lyon County Summit, which is organized by the City of Marshall and Lyon County Economic Development to report on city goals/accomplishments and to discuss upcoming projects. The event is MC'd by the Mayor and other City leaders. Highlights can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MybK5H_Tllc

Outcome measures/metrics:
All project information and reports are available to community members via video and hard copy at the City website and on the Studio 1cable access channel

Descriptive links: http://marshallstudio1tv.com

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760

Partners:
Discover Southwest Minnesota


Green Business Development
{ BP no. 25 }

Recognize and promote (for example, on your city web site) businesses whose environmental actions are recognized by a local, regional or statewide program, such actions as recycling, reducing materials use, lowered toxicity in products, selling locally created compost, energy efficiency, EV charging station for employees/patrons, etc.
Recognize and promote businesses that are certified under a GreenStep-linked or national green business program.
Provide a city preference for support and use of certified green businesses.
Action 6: Promote green businesses that are recognized under a local, regional or national program.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   04/17/2013

Implementation details:
The Marshall GreenStep Committee worked on a Marshall GreenStep Business Program in the fall of 2012 and implemented the program in January 2013. The program was based on Minnesota GreenStep Cities Best Practices and various formats from around the United States. The program has been advertised frequently in chamber newsletters and in newspaper articles. Businesses must submit an online application that totals at least 15 points in categories such as Solid Waste Prevention, Recycling, Purchasing, Energy and Water Conservation, Involving Employees and Customers, and Transportation. Completed applications are reviewed by the Marshall GreenStep Committee each month.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Marshall GreenStep Businesses are recognized each month in the Marshall Independent Business Briefs and on our website. Each business also receives a Marshall GreenStep Business window cling and permission to use the logo in their marketing materials. For a complete list of GreenStep businesses go to our website at: www.marshallgreenstep.org

Descriptive links: http://www.marshallgreenstep.org/green-business.html             view file

For more information contact:
Tom Hoff (Contractor)   |   Tom.Hoff@swsc.org   |   507-537-2271

Partners:
Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce; Marshall GreenStep Committee


Collaborate with local organizations, such as a local business group or a business assistance provider, to produce a multi-pronged branding effort (beyond just information on a city or chamber web site) promoting diverse businesses located in/nearby the city. Report local tourism, local purchasing by the city, and local food under action 25.3, and best practices 15 and 27, respectively.
Compile a list of locally owned businesses located in/nearby the city and promote them and their products (such as compost, books, arts & crafts).
Create incentives for buying and investing locally; create a local currency or (discounted) local dollar gift certificates; report results of your buy local efforts, including specific benefits to the local economy; enact policies that support emerging and existing locally-owned businesses.
Action 7: Conduct or participate in a buy local campaign for community members and local businesses.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   04/16/2013

Implementation details:
The Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce has established a "Shop Local" campaign that provides information to the residents of Marshall and the business community. The information focuses on the Economic Growth Opportunity, and Community Benefits of shopping local. Information is presented through the local media (monthly full page news ads) and presentations are provided to various community groups throughout the year. Some strategies that are implemented as part of the campaign are: Use of Chamber Gift Checks as gifts that can only be redeemed locally and a low cost coupon book that features local businesses.

Outcome measures/metrics:
700 Chamber Saver Coupon Books sold for $25 each that provide over $400 in savings per book. Over $100,000 in Chamber Gift Checks sold annually that are redeemable at over 380 local businesses. Three new local taxes that were approved by voters in November 2012 rely on shopping local to fund two important economic generators in the community: MERIT Center and the SW MN Amateur Sports Center.

Descriptive links: http://www.marshall-mn.org/index.php/programs/shoplocal

For more information contact:
Erin Raveling (City staff)   |   erinr@marshall-mn.org   |   507- 532-4484

Partners:
Marshal Area Chamber of Commerce


Renewable Energy
{ BP no. 26 }

Report methods used, such as information included in a city newsletter and on the city website, and active ongoing promotion (twice or more per year) at city events, through city loan programs and the like. For green power purchasing through a municipal utility, report total kWh per year subcribed along with the number of participating households.
Partner with utility and local organization/community groups to promote this information (at least quarterly) through city utility bill inserts, workshops, community education courses, local lectures, etc.
Be recognized as an EPA Green Power Community, or report installed capacity as a result of a city-supported campaign.
Action 2: Consistently promote resident/business purchases/generation of clean energy by means of:     [ Hide city details] a. A local utility's green power purchasing program that allows residents/businesses to order/buy new renewable energy.

b. Local, state and federal financial incentives for property owners to install renewable energy systems.

Date action report first entered:   08/29/2012

Implementation details:
Electricity for the City of Marshall is provided by Marshall Municipal Utilities which has various purchase power contracts in place. Renewable purchases for 2011 consisted of 10.25% wind energy and 19.7% hydro power. The City of Marshall has established Wind Energy Conversion System and Solar Ordinances, and Marshall Municipal Utilities has adopted a Distributed Generation Interconnection Workbook to provide guidance and direction to potential renewable energy systems in Marshall. Marshall Municipal Utilities offers rebates for Solar Thermal Water Heating Systems. A local business has installed a new 28.8 kW solar PV system on its new office building which has been highlighted in various ways.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Long term wind and hydro power contracts will provide the City of Marshall with renewable energy for many years. A new hydro electric power plant being built near Pella, Iowa will add additional hydro electric power to our resource mix beginning in 2016.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities


Describe any public sector project and report installed capacity in kW. Report purchase of green tags, community solar garden subscriptions, and 3rd party solar under action 15.2; report wastewater biogas projects under 20.6; solid waste anaerobic digestion under 22.5; geothermal under 1.7
Install at least two different RE technologies and report installed capacity in kW; show that a RE installation has shaved off peak energy demand and allowed the monthly utility demand charge to be decreased; report installed battery storage.
Install RE capacity in excess of 100 kW; report combined heat and power generation, parking lot PV canopies.
Action 5: Install a public sector/municipally-owned renewable energy technology, such as solar electric (PV), biomass, solar hot water/air, micro-hydro or wind.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/29/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall Municipal Utilities entered into a joint partnership with its wholesale power provider and a private developer to construct 18.7 MW of wind generation near Marshall in 2007. The 9 wind turbines generation output is fed directly into MMUs distribution system.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Annual kWh production from the 9 turbines is approximately 62,640,000 kWhs, enough energy to power about 5,800 homes per year. Marshall Municipal utilities has a 20 year contract in place to receive a portion of the turbines output.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities


Local Food
{ BP no. 27 }

Remove restrictions to food gardening/raising of chickens/bees in residential areas. Report beehives on city property under action 18.5
Proactively zone for & allow by right food gardening/raising of chickens/bees; report one or more developments that have dedicated, permanent and managed growing space, such as resident garden space, and/or related facilities (such as greenhouses). Report under GreenStep action 3.5 adopted city guidelines that prevent the restriction of food production through homeowner (HOA) agreements (CC&Rs).
Work with a rental building owner to establish a community garden, farmer's market or CSA/food buying club drop-point within 1/2 mile; establish tax incentives to use vacant lots for urban agriculture.
Action 2: Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   08/27/2012

Implementation details:
Community Blooms is a transformative model of community gardening that creates community, provides affordable nutritious food to participants, gives back to the community by providing surplus produce to the local free food shelf, and generates revenue to sustain the garden by also selling some of the surplus produce at the local farmers market. The community gardens are located on Western Community Action grounds which are located directly across the street from a low-income trailer park. The goals of Community Blooms include: grow nutritious affordable food for participants from low-income neighborhood, reduce the number of missed meals among low-income people, increase the family budget by reducing money expended on produce, be a catalyst for community development. Future expansion includes a water reclamation pond to recycle water from the parking lot and roof as well as a hoop house for extending the growing season and starting our own seedlings.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The total number of participants in its first year included 69 adults and 29 children and the second year had 64 adults and 31 children. The size of the garden is 280 X 140 and has been planted using a surplus style of arranging plants.

Descriptive links: http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/534638/Putting-water-to-work.html?nav=5023

For more information contact:
Allan Bakke (Community volunteer)   |   allan.bakke@wcainc.org   |   507-537-1416

Partners:
Western Community Action


Summarize what exists in the city: a farmer's market, urban ag businesses, etc.
Report on supportive actions taken by the city such as use of city land for a farmer's market, garden plots in city parks, hiring a garden/market coordinator, supporting season extension techniques such as hoop houses or greenhouses; donations from markets/gardens to food shelves.
Report on percent of housing units within a 1 mile of a healthy food source (farmer's market, community garden, CSA drop point, and stores with an NAICS code of 445110 or 445230); convert top level of a parking ramp for a local food growing business.
Action 3: Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:     [ Hide city details] a. A farmer's market or co-op buying club.

b. An urban agriculture business or a community-supported agriculture (CSA) arrangement between farmers and community members/employees.

c. A community or school garden, orchard or forest.

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall has a Farmers Market that provides diverse local foods during the growing season near downtown. Marshall Area Christian School, Holy Redeemer School and Marshall Public School participate in the Farm to School Program. Community Members can rent a small plot of land that they can plant and tend throughout the growing season. Marshall Area Food Coop provides food service directors, restaurants, grocery stores and community members an ordering system with access to local producers.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Farmer's Market has 50+ sellers each Saturday morning and Thursday evening July to October. 75% of food for MACS school lunch program is organic and local (less than 1 hour away). The Marshall Area Food Coop has produced a catalog of local growers for SW Minnesota. It is also online at: www.marshallareafoodcoop.com Marshall Community Services has 54 plots (25 X 57), each rented individually each season for $30. They are highly sought after and we have a waiting list every year. The rental fee covers two tillings (spring and fall) and access to water. Individual renters are responsible for care and cleaning of gardens throughout the growing season. There are expansion plans for 2013.

Descriptive links: www.marshallareafoodcoop.com

For more information contact:
Tom Hoff (Contractor)   |   Tom.Hoff@swsc.org   |   507-537-2271

Partners:
Marshall Area Christian School


Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience
{ BP no. 29 }

Develop targeted emergency communications in appropriate languages (or get access to existing versions) to address the specific vulnerabilities of each population group in your community to each type of event.
In consultation with the county, every two years review the county (or city if there is one) Hazard Mitigation Plan and identify who is responsible for city preparedness, emergency response, and recovery efforts for each type of event. Routinely participate in updating the Plan. (Category A & B cities must achieve a 1-star rating plus either a 2- or 3- star rating for Step 3 recognition).
In consultation with the county, designate appropriate facilities available to the public as community safe shelter for each type of event as applicable. Arrange for adequate provisions (including potable water) and backup power for 5-7 days. Develop coordinated strategies with private sector critical facilities and document agreed upon procedures.
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   03/29/2016
Date of last report update:   03/30/2016

Implementation details:
The Lyon County Hazard Mitigation Plan documents the multi-jurisdictional, multi-hazard mitigation planning process in Lyon County, Minnesota, which is intended to meet the requirements of the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The Lyon County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan brings resources together to mitigate and respond to hazards, protecting public health, safety and welfare in a useful and easily understood all-hazards approach. This project was undertaken so that all local units of government in Lyon County that wished to participate could become eligible to adopt the plan. All cities participated in Lyon County’s hazard mitigation planning process: Balaton, Cottonwood, Florence, Garvin, Ghent, Lynd, Marshall, Minneota, Russell, Taunton, and Tracy. The Lyon County All-Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, comprised of a number of stakeholders, identified the natural hazards which are High Rank Hazards for Lyon County. This planning process was conducted by the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) and Lyon County Emergency Management. Lyon County utilizes the CodeRed Community Notification System that provides emergency notification to residents and businesses. Climate related warnings and instructions related to severe weather, lightening, hail, floods, tornadoes and extreme heat would be distributed by telephone, cell phone, text message, email, and social media. The City of Marshall’s Emergency Operations Plan was updated in 2015 and approved at the February 10, 2015 City Council Meeting. The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to guide the City’s response plans for major natural disasters (i.e., floods, tornadoes, storms, etc.) or man-made events. The Police Department on behalf of the Mayor has primary responsibility in the City of Marshall for emergency preparedness and has recently finished revising the plan. It is all-hazards and incident command based following the NIMS national framework. This is a living document both expanding to address areas that it doesn't provide at this time and to reflect future environmental changes. This has been extensively reviewed by senior city staff and community members with an interest in emergency preparedness, through the community emergency preparedness planning group.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City of Marshall Emergency Operations Plan was updated in 2015 The Lyon County Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated in 2016. A Climate Resilience Workshop, like the one held in Burnsville, MN is being discussed for agencies in southwest Minnesota.

Descriptive links: http://www.lyonco.org/attachments/article/212/Lyon%20County%20AHMP%202010.pdf

For more information contact:
Rob Yant (City staff)   |   rob.yant@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-7000

Partners:
Lyon County; City of Marshall Administrative Divisions; Southwest Regional Development Commission; Law Enforcement; Minnesota Pollution Control; Emergency Preparations Planning Group; Marshall Fire Department; Red Cross