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Background Information

County:   Washington
Population:   19,693
GreenStep City category:   A

Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.):   92

Participating township, county, school:


GreenStep City resolution:   Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date:   STEP 1 (07/31/2018)

GreenStep Coordinator

Graham Tait
City staff
gtait@ci.stillwater.mn.us
651-430-8818

City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:


Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars. Mouse over a star for its definition.







Buildings and Lighting   Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals
{ BP no. 4 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Use LED/solar-powered lighting for a flashing sign or in a street, parking lot or park project.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Building Redevelopment
{ BP no. 5 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 3: Plan for reuse of large-format retail buildings, or work with a local school, church or commercial building to either add-on space or repurpose space into new uses.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Land Use   Land Use

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

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to 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.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city 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.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to 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.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 4: Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Resilient City Growth
{ BP no. 7 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Limit barriers to higher density housing by including in the city zoning ordinance and zoning map:     [Click here for self-reported city details ] a. Neighborhood single-family density at 7 units/acre or greater.

b. Multi-family housing at a gross density of at least 15 units/acre adjacent to a commercial zoning district or transit node.


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: Achieve higher density housing through at least two of the following strategies:     [Click here for self-reported city details ] a. Incorporate a flexible lot size/frontage requirement for infill development.

b. Use density and floor area ratio (FAR) bonuses in selected residential zoning districts.

c. Clustered residential development; tie a regulatory standard to comprehensive plan language defining compact city expansion zones that limit low-density development.

d. Allowing accessory dwelling units, single-room occupancy housing, senior housing, co-housing or tiny houses / apartments by right in selected zoning districts.


Mixed Uses
{ BP no. 8 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Have a downtown zoning district that allows residential and compatible commercial development.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


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

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Design for Natural Resource Conservation
{ BP no. 10 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Preserve environmentally sensitive, community-valued land by placing a conservation easement on city lands, and by encouraging/funding private landowners to place land in conservation easements.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Transportation   Transportation

Living Streets
{ BP no. 11 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Identify and remedy street-trail gaps between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails to better facilitate walking and biking.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Mobility Options
{ BP no. 12 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:     [Click here for self-reported 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.


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 6: Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Environmental Management   Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing
{ BP no. 15 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Urban Forests and Soils
{ BP no. 16 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: Adopt best practices for urban tree planting/quality; require them in private developments and/or use them in at least one development project.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Stormwater Management
{ BP no. 17 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: Complete a stormwater management assessment and be recognized for implementing the actions therein.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Parks and Trails
{ BP no. 18 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 3: Achieve minimum levels of city green space and maximize the percent within a ten-minute walk of community members.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:     [Click here for self-reported 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.


Surface Water
{ BP no. 19 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 3: Adopt and report on measurable, publicly announced surface water improvement targets for water bodies, including the percent of lake, river, wetland and ditch shoreline with at least a 50-foot vegetation buffer.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 4: Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Septic Systems
{ BP no. 21 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 3: Clarify/establish one or more responsible management entities for the proper design, siting, installation, operation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 4: Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


Resilient Economic & Community Development   Resilient Economic & Community Development

Local Food
{ BP no. 27 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Incorporate working landscapes - agriculture and forestry - into the city by adopting an ordinance for one or more of the following:     [Click here for self-reported city details ] a. An agriculture and forest protection district.

b. A local food production district.

c. Performance standards for minor and major agricultural retail.


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.     [Click here for self-reported city details ]  


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 3: Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:     [Click here for self-reported 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.


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 4: Measurably increase institutional buying, and sales through groceries and restaurants.     [Click here for self-reported city details ] a. Purchasing of local/organic/humane/equitable foods by schools, hospitals, nursing homes and event centers.

b. Sales of local/organic/humane/equitable food in markets, retail food co-ops, rural grocery stores, urban convenience stores, food carts/trucks, hotels and restaurants.


Business Synergies and EcoDistricts
{ BP no. 28 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 3: Require, build or facilitate at least four attributes in a business/industrial park project:     [Click here for self-reported city details ] a. Shared parking/access OR shared recreation/childcare facilities.

b. Green product development, manufacturing or sales OR a green job training program..

c. Buildings located within walking distance of transit and/or residential zoning.

d. Renovated buildings OR buildings designed for reuse.

e. Green buildings built to Minnesota's SB2030 energy standard OR renewable energy generated on-site.

f. Combined heat and power (CHP) generation capacity, shared geothermal heating/cooling, microgrid OR energy storage.

g. Low-impact site development.