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Background Information

County:   Hennepin
Population:   7,307
GreenStep City category:   B

Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.):   15

Participating township, county, school:
Minnetonka School District Westonka School District

GreenStep City resolution:   Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date:   INACTIVE (08/17/2016)

GreenStep Coordinator

Julie Moore
City staff
jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us
952.960.7906

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


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 }

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:   12/21/2011

Implementation details:
In Process: The City is working with RETAP to have energy audits of city hall, public works facility, community center and all warming houses that have heat. Plan to be completed in January.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952-960-7906

Partners:
RETAP


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:   01/05/2012

Implementation details:
City employees will turn off computers, monitors and printers when leaving for the day. All charging devices will be unplugged from the wall when not in use. Office lights will be turned off when leaving the office for meetings, lunch, or during the day.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Electronic measurement will be taken with a device to estimate computer electrity usage during the month of January, 2012.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952-960-7906


Efficient Existing Private Buildings
{ BP no. 2 }

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:   12/21/2011

Implementation details:
In process: The city will publish energy saving tips in 2012 newsletters. At least 6 newsletters will contain articles with the assistance of Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy.

Outcome measures/metrics:

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952-960-7906


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:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood has implemented a watering ban ordinance and a water utility rate structure that encourages conservation of water.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals
{ BP no. 4 }

Replace 1/3 of city's existing traffic signals.
Replace 2/3 of city's existing traffic signals; replace half and document savings.
Replace 100% of city's existing traffic signals.
Action 8: Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood is responsible for two semaphores on State Highway 7. Both of those lights have been updated to use energy efficient LED lighting technology

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Land Use   Land Use

Comprehensive Plans
{ BP no. 6 }

Adopt a 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.
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:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 1981 and has updated it over the years. The most recent update was in 2009.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Mixed Uses
{ BP no. 8 }

Explain which attributes are met.
Parking spaces are significantly below the parking standard due to bike/ped/transit access, shared parking, municipal lot.
A public school is located along a public transit line and provides incentives (such as discounted bus passes) for students to use the line.
Action 2: Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:     [ Hide city details] a. Adjacent to an existing employment or residential center.

b. Designed to facilitate and encourage access by walking and biking.

c. Accessible by regular transit service.

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood's "public campus" includes a renovated City Hall, a public works facility and a public safety facility, all located adjacent to a commercial shopping, with direct access to the city's trail system and accessible by existing regular transit service

Outcome measures/metrics:

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Environmental Management   Environmental Management

Urban Forests
{ BP no. 16 }

Enact requirements such as a tree preservation/replacement ordinance. Report protection of large wooded areas by means of zoning or development review under best practice action 10.3
Address tree preservation on both public and private lands; enact requirements such as removing requirements to establish turf grass (this does not refer to removing maintenance standards for turf grass) and permitting native landscaping throughout the city.
Adopt quantitative performance metrics; require approval of a tree preservation plan before development (tree inventory, tree saving zones, tree replacement for damaged/destroyed trees at a 2:1 ratio or greater).
Action 5: Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Several years ago Shorewood adopted a Tree Preservation and Reforestation ordinance which attempts to protect existing trees and replaces trees lost to construction activities.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Stormwater Management
{ BP no. 17 }

At least one ordinance in place (MS4s must achieve a 2- or 3-star rating).
Two ordinances in place.
Three or more ordinances in place.
Action 3: Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies:     [ Hide city details] a. A narrower streets provision that permits construction of 22- or 24-foot roads for public, residential access and subcollector streets (with fewer than 500 average daily trips).

b. For sites less than one acre, retain the water quality volume of 1.1 inches of runoff from all impervious surfaces for new and fully-redeveloped construction sites.

c. For non-MS4 permittees, adopt an illicit discharge prohibition rule or ordinance and an erosion and sediment control ordinance.

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood's Subdivision Code allows residential streets to be 24 feet in width.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Surface Water Quality
{ BP no. 19 }

Have a shoreland ordinance approved by the DNR or one consistent with state-wide shoreland standards (MR 6120.2500-06120.3900).
Adopt the Alternative Shoreland Standards or similar alternatives reviewed and consistent with recommendations of the DNR Area hydrologist that exceed the minimum standards of the DNR shoreland rules.
Document 60-75% forested shoreland; achieve 2 Star rating and include one or both of: (1) a menu of mitigation measures, one or more of which to be attached to shoreland variances; (2) provisions for restoration of shore impact area and vegetative buffer with permanent protection for all new shoreland development.
Action 4: Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood first adopted Shoreland Management regulations in the 1980's. The regulations have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and have been updated and continually implemented.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems
{ BP no. 20 }

Create a program backed by ordinance for inspecting household/business gutters, foundation drains, sump pump connections, drain tile, lateral service lines, and/or inspections of city-owned sewer lines; report types of water system preventive maintenance. Report an adopted wellhead protection plan under action 6.3
Make sewer inspections mandatory at the time of property transfers, street reconstructions; require repairs or provide incentives such as 50% reimbursement to property owners to make repairs or enact utility bill surcharges for owners who are non-compliant with I&I standards; report water system leak detection and water meter calibration, replacement and automation.
Report outcomes from I&I and water loss programs, such as # of disconnects, % clearwater reduction, GPD removed, water supply leaks (unaccounted/non-revenue water loss; should be under 5%), money saved at the wastewater treatment plant, capital costs avoided by being able to defer capacity additions.
Action 3: Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood budgets annually for inflow and infiltration improvements to the sanitary sewer system. In addition the City completed a sump pump inspection program.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Solid Waste Reduction
{ BP no. 22 }

Identify and list relevant businesses; promote events such as fix-it clinics.
Publicize and promote reuse/repair/rental businesses on your city website, in newsletter articles; facilitate neighbor-to-neighbor reuse of large items before annual 'curbside cleanups.'
Document increased use of these businesses; organize volunteers (or support others) to run at least one "fix-it" clinic for community members.
Action 4: Publicize, promote and use the varied businesses/services collecting and marketing used, repaired and rental consumer goods in the city/county.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   12/21/2011

Implementation details:
The city provides reuse information on the web site and publishes information in support of reuse month in the newsletter. The web site also includes information about reduce/reuse/recycle programs including places to take problem materials.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.shorewood.mn.us

For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952-960-7906


For cities that provide direct or contract waste collection services, set the price differences large enough so as to increase recycling/composting but not illegal dumping, OR provide a financial or other incentive (such as a larger container) for recycling.
Offer a bi-weekly trash collection rate; set at least a 35% price differential among 4 cart size/frequency categories (~30, 60, 90-gallons, and bi-weekly).
Achieve a 50% recycling rate & 10% composting; document participation rates including % households using smaller garbage bins & bi-weekly collection.
Action 7: Offer significant volume-based pricing on residential garbage and/or incentives for recycling.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
In 2010, Shorewood implemented a rewards program for residents participating in recycling.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


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:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Four years ago Shorewood adopted regulations pertaining to the use of outdoor woodburning boilers.

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For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906


Economic and Community Development   Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks & Community Engagement
{ BP no. 24 }

A staff green team, or small working group (e.g., city manager, council member, citizen commission chair) exists; 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, or a citizens commission or committee of city staff/officials exists to lead and coordinate GreenStep implementation; a report available online with details on city's GreenStep 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.
Action 1: Use a committee to lead, coordinate and report to community members on implementation of GreenStep best practices.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   12/21/2011

Implementation details:
The city has provided a link on the front page of the web site to GreenStep cities. Updates will be provided twice each year in the newsletter as information is available.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.shorewood.mn.us

For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952-960-7906