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Background Information

County:   Ramsey
Population:   2,379
GreenStep City category:   B

Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.):   5

Participating township, county, school:


GreenStep City resolution:   Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date:   STEP 2 (06/15/2016)

GreenStep Coordinator

Heather Butkowski
City staff
heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us
651-792-7657

City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us

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
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: 13     1-star actions: 9     2-star actions: 3     3-star actions: 1    







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:   04/06/2015
Date of last report update:   04/06/2015

Implementation details:
The City entered the monthly energy use information into B3 database for City-owned buildings going back to 2012.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657


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:   04/01/2016
Date of last report update:   04/01/2016

Implementation details:
Have a Saver's Switch from Xcel Energy for the City's AC system.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657


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:   04/01/2016
Date of last report update:   04/01/2016

Implementation details:
Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) administers Ramsey County's Energy Conservation Deferred Loan Program. Qualified applicants may receive up to $6,500 in the form of forgivable loans. The City actively promotes the program through its newsletter, website, and cable access channel.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file


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:   03/24/2015
Date of last report update:   03/24/2015

Implementation details:
The City adopted its current Comprehensive Plan in October 2009. The Plan will be revised shortly in coordination with the Metropolitan Council's revised system statements.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=E6274EC0-18EF-4D3A-A347-265C09F527A5&Type=B_BASIC

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657


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:   04/28/2015
Date of last report update:   04/28/2015

Implementation details:
In 2013, the City updated its Planned Unit Development (PUD) ordinance. The original ordinance was typical in that it was geared towards the development of large parcels of land (minimum of two acres). As a fully developed City our challenges lie in allowing for the redevelopment of small parcels, especially commercial parcels. The ordinance revision allows the City Council to work with owners of challenging parcels of any size in a PUD format to achieve the best outcome for the owner and the City.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B5F73237E-9F78-407B-A785-DA0D9F5C945F%7D/uploads/10-07_PUD_Ordinance_as_adopted_042313.pdf


Transportation   Transportation

Living Streets
{ BP no. 11 }

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:   04/06/2015
Date of last report update:   04/28/2015

Implementation details:
On Larpenteur Avenue (north side), between downtown Minneapolis and I-35E, there were two sections of missing sidewalks. One of the "missing links" was a four section block in Lauderdale. The City took advantage of the ~eight feet of right-of-way purchased from the adjacent homeowners by Ramsey County in the mid-1990's to design and install a sidewalk. The goal was to include plantings and lighting for aesthetics and traffic calming. The final design included pervious pavers, LED lighting, and plantings using the “Swedish Soil” concept to improve their survivability. This was accomplished by intense attention to detail during the engineering phase (Stantec) and cooperation from adjacent homeowners, who approved the necessary temporary construction easements.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657


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:   04/28/2015
Date of last report update:   04/13/2016

Implementation details:
The City's purchasing policy directs staff to purchase EnergyStar rated equipment and such things as recycled paper. The City purchases paper through Eureka Recycling's bulk paper purchasing program. The paper is 100% post consumer content.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657


The city uses certified printing services.
Achieve 1 Star AND encourage, through an outreach campaign, businesses to use certified printing services.
Achieve 1 Star AND help local printers become certified. List these printers on the city web site.
Action 6: Require printing services to be purchased from companies certified by Minnesota Great Printers or by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/09/2017
Date of last report update:   06/09/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Recently changed to a certified green printer for all city printing needs including our quarterly newsletter

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657


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:   04/28/2015
Date of last report update:   04/28/2015

Implementation details:
The City implemented a storm water utility by ordinance many years ago. In 2010, the City adopted a policy that gave property owners credit (reduction in their storm water utility fees) for implementing best management practices (BMPs) that provide for volume control, water quality via phosphorus reduction, and water quantity (rate control). All storm water utility fees are receipted in the City’s storm water enterprise fund (Fund 602) and used exclusively for storm water utility operating costs and infrastructure improvements.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B5F73237E-9F78-407B-A785-DA0D9F5C945F%7D/uploads/%7BFD846529-B502-4D6B-8E14-21BC3B2937DF%7D.PDF             view file


Sustainable Consumption and Waste
{ BP no. 22 }

Require by license (and ideally also ordinance) the provision of recycling services in multi-unit residential buildings; report implementation of at least 3 "good" recycling BMPs (e.g., mandatory separation of residential recyclables, email/text recycling reminders) from https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/w-sw1-11.pdf Note that pre-2018 organized collection entries are listed under this action, and that post-2017 organized collection entries are under 22.7
Report the city recycling rate prominently on the city's web site (by only licensing haulers that report their data); provide as requested larger carts/2nd recycling container at no added cost to resident; collect co-mingled fiber/containers; report implementation of 3 “better” recycling BMPs from the webpage above; in greater MN, require collection of recyclables from commercial entities.
Require that each tenant in multi-unit housing has a recycling container; assure multi-unit recycling during routine city building inspections; report implementation of 3 “best” recycling BMPs from the webpage above.
Action 6: Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   03/24/2015
Date of last report update:   03/24/2015

Implementation details:
The City organizes recycling collection. The contractor is Eureka Recycling (http://www.eurekarecycling.org/page.cfm?ContentID=30). Eureka Recycling is a not-for-profit recycling company with a mission to education people about waste reduction. Eureka Recycling also provides recycling collection for multi-family housing units within the City. In addition, City ordinance requires all recycling and waste collection be on the same day (Mondays).

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=8227E770-E325-43F3-89DC-13B4E336CB29&Type=B_BASIC

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657

Partners:
Eureka Recycling


Local Air Quality
{ BP no. 23 }

Regulate outdoor wood burning using nuisance ordinance language, referencing the MN Fire Code. Note that burning household garbage, such as in a burn barrel, is generally against the law in MN.
Regulate outdoor wood boilers using the MPCA model zoning language.
Ban (on a permanent or interim basis) or enforce performance standards for specific types of burning.
Action 2: Regulate outdoor residential wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:     [ Hide city details] a. Recreational burning.

b. Outdoor residential wood boilers.

Date action report first entered:   04/01/2016
Date of last report update:   04/01/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Lauderdale revised its recreational fire ordinance to limit the location, duration, and type of fuel that is allowed with outdoor fires.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B5F73237E-9F78-407B-A785-DA0D9F5C945F%7D/uploads/Microsoft_Word_-_05-07_Recreational_fire_2012_final_cleaned_up.pdf

For more information contact:
Heather Butkowski (City staff)   |   heather.butkowski@ci.lauderdale.mn.us   |   651-792-7657


Resilient Economic & Community Development   Resilient Economic & Community Development

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:   04/28/2015
Date of last report update:   04/28/2015

Implementation details:
In 2013, the City Council updated its animal ordinance to allow for the keeping of bees (up to two hives) and hen chickens (up to 12; more by Council approval). This is allowed on any residentially zoned property in the City (single-family or multi-family).

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B5F73237E-9F78-407B-A785-DA0D9F5C945F%7D/uploads/05-03_2013_animal_ordinance.pdf


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:   04/28/2015
Date of last report update:   04/28/2015

Implementation details:
The City’s Park and Community Involvement Committee coordinates a farmer’s market at Lauderdale Community Park five times per year (once a month from June through October).

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=189ED1A4-5F93-42D6-A596-53E37EFBC4C9&Type=B_EV