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Background Information

County:   Goodhue
Population:   16,516
GreenStep City category:   A

Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.):   170

Participating township, county, school:


GreenStep City resolution:   Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date:   STEP 5 (05/17/2018)

GreenStep Coordinator

Paul Drotos
City staff
paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us
651-410-6744

City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
http://www.red-wing.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
2017 - click to view assessment
2015 - click to view assessment

Metrics Files
2018 - click to view Metrics
2017 - click to view Metrics


Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars. Mouse over a star for its definition.
Total completed actions: 73     1-star actions: 46     2-star actions: 20     3-star actions: 7    







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:   07/11/2012

Implementation details:
The city has 6+ year's worth of up to date data entered into B3 for all city buildings over 5000 square feet (excluding the water treatment plants), starting in either the beginning of January 2006 or the end of December 2005 until now.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
From 1987 to about 2010, the City of Red Wing has been involved in over 110 energy saving projects with Xcel Energy and has received $98,404.53 in rebates. In addition, these program services have resulted in saving 1,390,351 kWh of electricity and 165,554 therms of natural gas over this same period. When this number is combined with the savings in electricity ($125,185.59) and natural gas ($140,185.59), in today’s dollars, the total benefit to the City of Red Wing would be nearly $365,000.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
In the late 1980s, the City of Red Wing worked with NSP to do a lighting retrofit at City Hall, Public Works, and the Library that they paid back with the energy savings created because of the retrofit.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Report one city building or school, or county/other government building, that used a green building standard or certification or code (3rd party verification not required) OR that has several sustainability features that were NOT required by city policy. Report city policies that require green building features under action 3.1; report park buildings under best practice action 18.7
Report, for 2 or more buildings, use of a green building standard or certification or code or city-determined list of sustainability features buildings; third-party verification not necessary. Report energy use reduction in remodels.
Show that a new or remodeled building has been certified at gold-equivalent or better; report at least one building that meets the SB 2030 energy standard.
Action 5: Document that the new construction or major remodeling of a public building has met the SB 2030 energy standard or has met or qualified under a green building or energy framework.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
City Hall, built in 1907, doesn't meet any LEED standards, but the city has successfully brought a 105 year old building up to today's energy efficiency standards/codes for heating, cooling, ventilation, etc. with new state of the art systems.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Customize the B3 Energy-Efficient Operations Manual (an online tool) for one city-owned/school building to implement routine updates and verification of lighting schedules, air handler unit schedules, and air handler mixed air temperatures. Report use of the Manual for park buildings under best practice action 18.7
Complete 1 Star criteria for two buildings and report energy savings by calculating changes in run times or tracking improvements compared to a baseline in the B3 Benchmarking Database; report the use of an asset management tool and what level of life-cycle assessment is included (e.g., GHG, toxics, etc.); report green lease elements.
Complete 2 Star criteria for all city-owned/school buildings able to use the Manual; OR complete the performance period and certify at least one building at gold-equivalent or better under a green building framework (such as the LEED O+M rating system) for existing buildings operations.
Action 6: Improve the operations & maintenance of city-owned/school buildings and leased buildings by using a customized online energy efficiency tool, asset management tool, green building framework or green lease.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Red Wing is continually looking at ways to do a better job for our citizens and at ways to do that job better for the environment. One of the earliest examples of this was the Solid Waste Incinerator. Back in the early 1980s the City Council was faced with the need to find a way to handle the refuse waste that was being collected and placed in a City-owned landfill. Our landfill was close to the end of its capacity, and a decision had to be made on whether to site a new landfill, haul our waste to a different landfill site, or find an alternate way to handle this material. After many public meetings and many discussions with consultants, the City Council decided that building a waste-to-energy incinerator was the best option for the long range needs of our community. Incinerators were a very new concept in the United States but had already proven to be a good alternative to landfills throughout Europe. The foresight by that City Council would not only eliminate the need to landfill our refuse material, it also put the City of Red Wing in the forefront of emerging technology that would help the environment for future generations. Back in 1985 the price of gasoline dropped to unexpected low levels, and the City saw substantial savings (approximately $30,000.00) in the cost to operate our fleet vehicles. The City staff saw this savings as a potential way to fund an energy savings program for our public buildings. A presentation was made to the City Council, and authorization was given to the staff to do an energy audit for several of the city’s buildings. The results of this audit showed that by investing in energy efficient upgrades to our facilities, we could save enough money on electricity and natural gas to not only attain a short payback on investment, but to save money for several years beyond the payback period. When these results were presented to the City Council, it was approved to implement the “Red Wing Community Energy Program” and begin the investment in energy savings. Over the following twenty years the City has completed many more projects to help our environment: upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Facility, combined sewer separation, energy efficient lighting upgrades to the City’s parking ramps, construction of two new water treatment facilities, storm water programs to control run off, converting of our street lights to a more energy efficient and less visually polluting light system, implementing a household program for collecting recyclable items that were previously sent to landfills or burned in the waste incinerator. The City has been recycling all of our fluorescent lights for years. We have implemented a program to purchase pickup trucks with diesel engines that get 3 to 6 more miles to the gallon than the comparable gasoline engines. In the spring of 2005 the City converted our cleaning supplies to a “green” system from 3M. In November of 2006 we put new recycling containers in most City buildings to encourage everyone not to just throw everything in the trash. This winter we are looking at converting all of our paper towels, toilet paper and other paper supplies to “green” products as well. All of these programs and more have been put in place by a work staff and a City Council that believe in looking for ways to help our environment. Yes, some of these items came because of State or Federal mandates, but all of these items were undertaken because Red Wing is a community that cares about the environment. This message has been repeated many times by our citizens. Time after time at public meetings, we have heard that the environment is important. We have heard that we need to do the right thing and consider what our actions might do to the environment. The City Staff believes that we need to continually look for options to lessen our negative impact on the environment. The City Council has continually made decisions based on what would be the best thing to help the environment. This commitment to the environment will be ongoing in 2007. The Public Works Department plans to buy its first hybrid vehicle. We are strongly looking at a Ford Escape but have not made that final decision. This small SUV would be able to ride four people comfortably to meetings. It can haul equipment and supplies if needed. But the real plus is that for in town driving, which is where this vehicle drives almost exclusively, we should get 33 to 34 miles to the gallon. This compares to the normal 12-16 miles to the gallon that we get with our pickup fleet. We understand that there are cheaper vehicles to buy that would do the same job, but we really believe we need to lead the effort to get everyone in Red Wing thinking about doing the things that are best for the environment. If we can set the example, and most of our citizens agree that the environment matters, then we can show that Red Wing is a community that is truly looking to the future and what our actions today can do to affect that future. In 2007 the City will be continuing with a plan for the development of the riverfront. The environmental impact of this development is a leading factor in the final decisions that will be made by our City Council. Some citizens may not believe this, but when you look at the last twenty years and the decisions that have been made by our elected officials, it should be obvious to everyone that this group does understand that our environment is very important to all citizens of Red Wing. I have been an employee of the City of Red Wing for 25 years, and I can tell you that the message from our leadership has always been clear on the issue of preserving our environment. Being a river town we have the need to make sure we are not polluting the Mississippi. Being Pretty Red Wing, we have the opportunity to show everyone that we care about the environment and that we make the right decisions in all of our operations for the benefit of generations to come. We did not have to build a solid waste incinerator. We did not have to make all of our buildings as energy efficient as possible. We did not have to convert our street lights to a system that is less visually polluting. We do not have to buy a hybrid vehicle. Unless you understand what “Pretty Red Wing” means to each of us, then you know why we had to do these things. Pretty Red Wing is not just the title to an old song. It is a motto for a community that cares about our environment. It is the reason most of us choose to call this community home. It is the reason that I can take a little pride when someone finds out that I am from Red Wing, and they comment on how beautiful our town is. “Pretty Red Wing” is a statement to the continued commitment to the environment by a small river town that knows we have the opportunity to make a difference.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   04/24/2017
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In the winter of 2015, Red Wing, Minnesota, began a six month process to evaluate how energy is used and sourced in the City, and to develop an Energy Action Plan to help the community work towards short- to mid-term energy goals based upon those findings. The process was facilitated through Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy offering for communities, and convened by Red Wing’s Sustainability Commission. Red Wing was the third Minnesota community to participate in Partners in Energy. On December 14, 2015, the Red Wing City Council approved supporting the Partners In Energy (PIE)Green Wing Action Plan.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The PIE Action Team developed areas of focus and core strategies. A primary goal for the Action Plan is to increase energy efficiency adoption by residential households and small to midsized-commercial businesses. The residential focus area has a goal of adding an additional 10% or 700 households of Red Wing households to the city’s baseline participation, engage in an energy efficiency and/or renewable energy activity in the next two years. The commercial focus area has a similar goal to engage an additional 10% of Red Wing’s small to mid-sized businesses in an energy efficiency or renewable energy activity in the next three years, meaning 100 businesses above the city’s baseline participation. The team members of PIE are currently devising outreach strategies to promote energy efficiency adoption by focusing on the promotion of home energy audits. The group has implemented several outreach strategies including: 1) through a utility billing flier, it offered discounts to Red Wing community members to have a Home Energy Audit conducted through the Xcel Energy program; 2) a business outreach campaign; and 3) a competition between community congregations to have members conduct energy efficiency action items. Final results will be available in June 2017.

Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/greenwing.html             view file

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

Partners:
City of Red Wing, Xcel Energy, and local volunteers


Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals
{ BP no. 4 }

Signal lights go into “flash mode” during certain hours of the day; report synchronized traffic signals, flashing yellow left turn arrow signals, installation of detectors in at least 10% of city signals (operated under traffic actuated/responsive mode). Report roundabouts under best practice action 11.6
Work with the county/MnDOT to interconnect traffic signals and coordinate them in one corridor; install one or more bicycle crossing signal detectors; implement traffic signs over signals in lower-traffic areas to minimize costs
Provide estimates of reduced delays, gas use, stops; work with the county/MnDOT to interconnect/coordinate among traffic signals and synchronize them along several corridors.
Action 4: Coordinate traffic signals and/or optimize signal timing so as minimize car idling at intersections yet maintain safe and publicly acceptable vehicle speeds.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
In 2012, downtown intersections will be updated to allow for synchronization.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Barn Bluff flag pole and Airport runway lighting are solar powered.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Replace lighting in 50% of structures with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient lighting technologies.
Replace lighting in 75% of structures with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.
Replace 100% city-owned parking lot lighting with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.
Action 7: Replace city-owned parking lot/ramp lighting with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
As lightbulbs burn out, we have been updating them. All lights will be converted in the near future - standard operating procecdure.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
All of the City's traffic lights have been switched to LED - standard operating procedure.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Building Redevelopment
{ BP no. 5 }

Complete an historic resources survey of the city to determine which buildings are community assets and have more potential for reuse due to potential access to financial incentives.
Designate a historic district; incorporate historic preservation-friendly language into the city’s zoning code and/or into regulatory ordinances (relating to signs and other design guidelines); adopt an historic preservation ordinance (which typically establishes an historic preservation commission); incentivize historic preservation.
Become a Certified Local Government (CLG) for historic preservation; pair rehab financial incentives with energy and resource conservation, indoor air quality and other green building practices.
Action 1: Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Red Wing has one of the oldest Historic Preservation Ordinances in Minnesota. The Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission has worked with dozens of adaptive reuse projects including the St. James Hotel, Riverfront Center, Sheldon Theatre, Pottery Factories, Red Wing Depots, Central High School, and many others.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


For cities with traditional downtown areas, describe city involvement in Minnesota Main Street revitalization and preservation (for example, attend trainings) or describe the participation of business assocations that join Minnesota Main Street as Associate Members.
Main street assistance explicitly addresses green building practices including appropriate rehab of existing buildings, OR city becomes an Associate Member of Minnesota Main Street.
City is a Designated Main Street community of MN Main Street.
Action 2: Implement the Minnesota Main Street model for commercial revitalization.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Main Street program was initiated in 2010.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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 to either add-on space or repurpose space into non-school uses.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Planning is underway with the Red Wing School District to add-on to the Elementary schools.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Adopt design standards that address the downtown core and encourage compatible infill development; parking standards waived to recognize on-street & shared parking facilities; repurpose vacant/underutilized downtown sites as green space, event space, play areas, outdoor siting and eating, transport/information areas. Report infill incentives under action 7.4
Small houses (~500 sq.ft.) allowed under CUP on non-conforming vacant city lots; standards facilitate the evolution of strip/large format commercial areas into more livable/walkable neighborhoods with a mix of land use and including gathering places.
Limit annexations or infrastructure extensions until infill and redevelopment goals are met; encourage building, mall and parking ramp design such that structures can be adapted for different future uses.
Action 5: Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Commercial Design Standards that were established encourage infill and redevelopment along the commercial strip of Highway 61.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2007 with several amendments adopted since then. (http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html)

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Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Our zoning code specifically references consistency with the comprehensive plan as a "finding-a-fact" when making zoning permit decisions. (http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html)

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Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


For cities adjacent to undeveloped land, establish a growth area with staging criteria that reflects projected population growth (projected no more than ten years in the future) and, if applicable, is subject to an orderly annexation agreement and planned extension of municipal services. OR, conduct a natural resource inventory (NRI) and incorporate the results into your comprehensive plan or long-term city vision. Report adoption of an urban growth boundary under action 10.2; ag/forest preservation zoning under action 27.1
Prioritize the NRI results through a natural resource assessment (NRA) involving the public so as to minimize the fragmentation and development of agricultural, forest, wildlife, pollinator habitat, and high quality open space lands in and around the city.
Identify priority natural resource protection areas in the comp plan and recommend strategies for integrating protection into the development process.
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Comprehensive Plan is based on the concept of preserving the green infrastructure. The Open Space Preservation Plan uses the idea of minimizing the fragmentation of open space as a major element in its recommendations. Red Wing's approach is to infill "major activity areas" prior to expanding into new urban growth areas. (http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html)

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Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Adopt climate mitigation and/or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and include transportation recommendations such as becoming an EV-ready city.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Comprehensive Plan has established broad energy independence goals that need to be further refined. The city has 5 buildings with plans to have solar energy installed with funding from Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards program and Minnesota Made Rebate Program. Applications were sent to Xcel in May of 2012 - 3 of 5 have been approved - working on the last two. Also, the Sustainability Commission is working on updates to the City Zoning code related to renewable energy sources including solar and wind. (http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html)

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Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Resilient City Growth
{ BP no. 7 }

Document the existence of a district meeting the FAR standard and/or zero-lot line.
Achieve 1 Star rating AND: locate the higher intensity district near higher density housing; have at least one co-working office space in your city.
The number of retail entrances per 330 feet in a downtown retail district ranges between 8 and 13; employment density of 25+ jobs/acre in compact areas; a maximum block perimeter of 2000' in a downtown zoning district.
Action 3: Achieve higher intensity commercial/industrial land uses through at least one of the following strategies:     [ Hide city details] a. Include in the city zoning ordinance and zoning map a commercial district with reduced lot sizes and zero-lot-line setbacks, or a FAR minimum of 1.

b. Set targets for the minimum number of employees/acre in different commercial zones.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
We've created two mixed use zoning districts that allow for reduced lot size and zero-setback requirements.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Mixed Uses
{ BP no. 8 }

Conduct a process that involves community members / stakeholder input. Report main street revitalization and preservation actions under best practice 5.2; report comp plan civic engagement under 6.1
Bring in a facilitator to work with the city, community members and other stakeholders; use the Equitable Development Scorecard as an evaluation tool.
Participate in a Minnesota Design Team charrette; plan to increase the percent of residents who work within 10 miles of their homes.
Action 1: Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Downtown Main Street action plan was adopted in 2009 and accepted in 2010. Red Wing was one of the first 5 cities in the state to do so.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The new Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center, completed in 1999, is located in the middle of downtown & has surrounding housing in a very close proximity. Downtown Red Wing has sidewalks on all of the streets in the main grid, including the streets that the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center is located. There is a bus service that runs through downtown Red Wing 5 days a week.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
In 2000 the city established a planned unit development section in it's zoning ordinance that allows for the establishment of mixed use developments. The city has also created some mixed use commectial zoning districts that allow for residential uses.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Red Wing's CBD zoning allows for residential mixed use development and Red Wing recently ammended the ordinance to make parking requirements more flexible.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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

Work with community members in establishing design goals or designs standards, publish the standards, and ensure that the standards are provided to everyone proposing development in the corridor/cluster; plan for at least 1 EV charging station.
Adopt an overlay district; in the public process to set design standards, use visual preference tools (such as a door-to-door iPad-enabled survey) to develop both goals and designs; zone residential beyond 300 meters of a corridor with annualized average daily traffic greater than 10,000 vehicles.
Require or provide incentives (design assistance, permit fee reductions, etc) for new development and redevelopment to adhere to the goals and designs.
Action 1: Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city established Commercial Design Standards in 2010 as an ammendment to the zoning code.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Adopt an access management overlay district or access management standards where highways access auto-oriented commercial development; install/work with others on living snow fence plantings.
Achieve 1 Star rating AND define auto-oriented commercial zoning districts in clusters rather than continuous strips; minimize superblocks and increase quality pedestrian passages between buildings.
Include conservation buffer requirements and site residential areas and vulnerable populations more than 650 feet from a major road (average annual daily traffic count over 40,000).
Action 3: Adopt infrastructure design standards that protect the economic and ecologic functions of the corridor through clustering of development and incorporating access management standards.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Stormwater management systems (ponds, swales, infiltration basins, etc) are constructed along highway corridors. Tree buffers are preserved where possible and land disturbance during construction is minimized. Hwy 61 had an access mgmt study through MNDOT - The study encourages higher density development. One of the central elements of the city's comprehensive plan focuses new development in already existing activity centers. (http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html) We have adopted a complete streets policy that ensures all users of road corridors (vehicles, bikers, pedestrians, transit, etc.) are considered during the design process. The city makes every effort to listen to the stakeholders and interested citizens to develop projects that are safe, feasible and meet the needs of the public.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Design for Natural Resource Conservation
{ BP no. 10 }

Complete an NRI or NRA and use findings in the decision-making process when evaluating land use options. Report individual tree replacement ordinances in best practice action 16.5
Adopt ordinance language that utilizes findings in the inventory/assessment; adopt an incentive for conservation design in your zoning or subdivision ordinance, in which at least 50% of developable land is permanently protected, or create a conservation design district that requires the use of conservation design practices such as permanent protection of high quality habitat/open space, explicit wildlife corridors.
Create city-wide protections for natural systems/resources (e.g., groundwater, uplands, forest bats), such as mandatory natural resource design standards for priority natural resource and open space areas, or for rezonings of agricultural or other undeveloped land, require a finding of fact that undeveloped residential land in the city is insufficient to meet market demand.
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city adopted an Open Space Preservation Plan in 2008 as an ammendment to the City Comprehensive Plan. (http://www.red-wing.org/comprehensiveplan.html)

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 2: For cities outside or on the fringe of metropolitan areas, conduct a build-out analysis, fiscal impact study, or adopt an urban growth boundary and a consistent capital improvement plan that provides long-term protection of natural resources and natural systems, and agricultural practices outside the boundary.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Red Wing encourages development within the urban growth area and discourages development in more rural parts of Red Wing.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Actively encourage landowners to place conservation easements on their land.
Place at least one conservation easement on city land.
Provide funding to encourage private landowner easements; adopt or participate in a purchase of development rights or transfer of development rights program.
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.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city established several conservation easements to preserve property (for example, in 2011, the city granted a conservation easement over approximately 200 acres in the Red Wing Riverfront to the Minnesota Land Trust). The city has also been awarded several DNR Natural and Scenic Grants used to purchase open space.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city adopted a Complete Streets policy but it's not specifically a Complete "Green" Streets policy - We do have a fairly aggressive Urban Forestry program and we are currently updating our Stormwater Management Plan as well.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The City received a SHIP grant to create a "Share the Road" bike and pedestrian route along Levee Road.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Currrently (Summer of 2012) we are constructing a sidewalk connection from the Historic Pottery District to the new Transit Hub being built right off of Highway 61.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Measures such as streetscaping, bump-outs, raised cross walks, intersection markings, medians and narrower lane widths. Report temporary or permanent parklet installations under action 14.1
Measures such as roundabouts, and road diets where 3 lanes replace 4 lanes of a road with under 20,000 average annual daily traffic counts; adopt a traffic calming policy.
Measures from street reclaiming, naked streets, shared space, woonerfs, and Paint the Pavement approaches; diverging diamond interchange, J-turn lane, reverse diagonal parking; a multi-modal Level of Service metric developed and applied to road projects; conversion of underused/redundant roads to gravel roads, stormwater management, energy generation, etc.
Action 6: Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including road diets, roundabouts, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city received a MNDOT grant of $1.1 million to improve pedestrian intersections on Highway 61 in Downtown Red Wing. The project will begin construction in 2014.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Red Wing adopted a Complete Streets policy resolution in January 2011. In November 2011, the city adopted the Red Wing Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (trails, routes/bike lanes, and sidewalk connections). Public Works locker rooms added showers in April of 2012. Local Initiative to add 27 bike U-racks in the downtown area. The city currently has a project underway with the Hiawatha Land Transit to develop Park and Ride and Bus transfer station in the center of town.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Describe elements of a SRTS program in which the city is involved; note how many schools are affected, how the program addresses evaluation, encouragement, education, engineering, and enforcement, and whether the city worked in concert with the local community health board. Report shared use agreements between cities and school parks under action 18.1
Describe key elements of your non-SRTS efforts, such as which actions you are challenging which number of people/organizations to take, and how long the campaign is/will run; report collaboration/funding from your local Community Health Board (SHIP funding); host an Open Streets or Ciclovias event to temporarily make a street a pedestrian-only zone.
Report outcome measures, such as increased walking/biking in the community, improved health outcomes, percent student body covered by SRTS programming, and school bus fuel savings.
Action 2: Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Live Healthy Red Wing was formed in 2008 in an effort to promote active living and good nutrition. (http://www.livehealthyredwing.org/)

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

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 6: Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city's bus service has given between 60,000 and 112,000 rides over the last 5 years.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Efficient City Fleets
{ BP no. 13 }

Provide training and systems for employees to facilitate one or more of trip bundling, car pooling, vehicle sharing and the like. Report vehicle reductions under action 13.2
Install and use video conferencing equipment, automatic vehicle locator technology and the like.
Report more work being done with existing fleet; report total fleet VMT reductions year over year; implement an employee incentive program for reducing city vehicle use.
Action 1: Efficiently use your existing fleet of city vehicles by encouraging trip bundling, video conferencing, carpooling, vehicle sharing and incentives/technology.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
We use pool cars that are size appropriate quite regularly. When we have intra-city mail from Public Works to City Hall and vice versa, our meter reader takes care of that while he is already out and about to prevent an extra trip for someone else and to rely less on US Mail.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Survey each fleet vehicle by type, MPG and use; implement at least one right-size or down-size improvement (for example, use of a sedan instead of a pick-up truck for inspection work, use of a full electric utility vehicle in parks/public works, or one multi-purpose vehicle instead of two vehicles).
Adopt a vehicle purchasing policy/practice; right-size all vehicles in one portion of the city's fleet (for example, police, fire, public works, inspections) and report any vehicle reductions and improvement in the fleet's average MPG.
Right-size all vehicles in the city's fleet and report vehicle reductions and improvement in the fleet's average MPG.
Action 2: Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Standard Opperating Procedure - Every vehicle is checked for proper size. More fuel efficient Ford Tauras Squad cars have been added to the fleet as the most recent additions instead of opting for the larger Crown Victorias.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Police patrols on bike, foot, Segway or horseback.
City inspectors or other staff on bike, e-bike, foot or horseback.
Report outcome measures resulting from actions: decreased costs, reduced vehicle miles traveled, fleet reductions, or other metrics.
Action 4: Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
We currently have four officers that have attended bike patrol training through the Saint Paul Police Department. These officers occasionally patrol on bicycles specifically designed for this kind of work and are equipped with emergency lighting. These officers have bike carriers attached to their squad cars so they can patrol all areas of the town on their bikes and not be far from their squad car. The biggest benefit of having the officers on their bikes is it brings them closer to the public and therefore increased interaction with the public. It also provides a change of pace for the officers and allows them to easily access areas not available to them while in their squad car. All of our officers are encouraged and expected (when time permits) to spend at least a portion of their shift out of the car on foot. Again, the biggest benefit of this type of patrolling is the ability to have more face to face contact with the public. Officers will walk the downtown area and visit businesses, walk neighborhoods, and specific problem areas that are identified from time to time. This activity also provides a change of pace for the officers and allows them to interact and listen to the public’s concerns. We have received a lot of positive comments from the public when they see the officers out and about on foot. We do not have horseback patrols in Red Wing.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Demand-Side Travel Planning
{ BP no. 14 }

Include parking maximums in development standards for at least pedestrian-friendly or transit-served areas; waive minimums for new or renovated developments; facilitate/allow/report parking lots sized below zoning minimums (used by multiple properties; shared lot use agreements among private parties); provide free/discounted parking for EVs. Report PV parking lot canopies under BP 26.
Eliminate parking minimums; work with businesses to create a parking assessment district; sponsor a Black Friday parking lot assessment contest; increase taxes on parking lots; selectively convert parking spaces (on a pilot basis, seasonally or permanently) into "parklets" and outdoor (retail) seating; experiment with a 1-day car-free street.
Bring an online parking space sharing service to your city; work with at least one housing developer to unbundle parking space rental/purchase from housing rental/purchase; allow/require a housing development to have fewer off-street parking slots in exchange for dedicated car-share spaces, discounted bus passes or car/bike share services; set performance parking policies/targets/pricing (to achieve 80% +/- 5% parking occupancy rate, or 1-2 open spaces per block face); use technology to adjust parking rates on an hourly, dayly or seasonal basis; assess parking district revenue to create a parking benefit district that returns all/nearly all revenue to district improvements, such as transit and streetscaping.
Action 1: Reduce or eliminate parking minimums and/or add parking maximums.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Red Wing Zoning Code waves parking requirements in the CBD and allows for shared parking in all other developments.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The newly renovated kitchen at the Public Works department has all new energy star certified equiptment. The city does not have a specific policy in place about purchasing only energy star certified appliances, but rather it is implied. It is the personal policy of the City's Deputy Director of Public Works and the Public Works Specialist, who are in charge of purchasing paper products, to purchase only products of 30% post-consumer recycled content.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Tracking purchases for paper supplies annually.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city's progressing solar energy project (installing solar panels on 5 city buildings - 4 of 5 projects have been approved by Xcel Energy with 1 still pending as of 8/13/12) will allow us to produce a lot of our own energy instead of needing to purchase energy at all, let alone from renewable sources.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


By practice seek to purchase locally; develop a list of locally-produced products for use by city staff; make the list available to residents and businesses.
Achieve 1 Star rating AND require purchase of a set percentage of city government purchases to be from the list.
Develop list in conjunction with adjacent communities (cities or counties) to recognize regional economic base and increase diversity of goods and products on the list.
Action 3: Establish a local purchasing preference and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The city does not have a specific policy in place about local purchasing, but rather it is implied. The city makes every effort to purchase locally in every instance as a first choice. With Red Wing's geographic location and the fact that it's the largest town within a 25 mile radius, it makes sense financially for the city to purchase locally.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Follow latest MnDOT specifications for recycled glass and aggregate in roadbeds.
All paving projects incorporate recycled asphalt (RAP); report use of warm-mix asphalt; use recycled plastic manhole adjusting rings; use MnDOT compost specification 3890 for soil amendments in parks, boulevards, stormwater installations.
Follow MnDOT specs for RAP and shingles (asphalt shingle manufacturing scrap and/or shingle tear-off scrap) in asphalt mixtures.
Action 5: Set minimum standards for the percentage of recycled-content material in asphalt and roadbed aggregate or other construction materials, and for compost and warm mix asphalt use.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
We currently recycle 100% of asphalt pavement. About 95% goes back into new asphalt and 5% goes into roadway aggregate. We currently recycle approximately 95% of the concrete/blocks/bricks/etc. into roadbed aggregate. The remaining 5% has metal reinforcing bars/mesh that is too hard to put through the crusher. We currently reuse approximately 40% of our roadbed aggregates. It’s hard to increase this amount because of contamination with the sub-grade materials during the reconstruction process. We recycle 100% of our old manhole castings, valve boxes, metal pipes, old signs/posts, etc. The only one of these items we typically purchase as a recycled material is the asphalt, which is allowed to have up to 20% recycled material. The other items, except the metal, we recycle ourselves and use on our own projects, so the costs of salvaging, hauling, crushing, etc. are the cost of the recycled material.

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city has been certified as a Tree City USA since at least 1995. See attached document.

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Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


A minimum number of trees planted by the city each year, OR at least 2-3 trees planted for each city tree lost.
An overall city tree canopy of at least 30% and/or a canopy above 60% for residential areas; use I-Tree for tree inventory of trees on City property or city-wide; include tree replacement money in Pavement Management Program budget.
Have in the city tree canopy no more than 5% of any one species, 10% of any one genus, and 15% of any one family; have an overall city tree canopy of at least 40%, with canopy over parking lots (~50%), canopy over residential (~60% - 75%), canopy over commercial/industrial; use iTree to quantify benefits of your urban canopy.
Action 3: Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city does a spring and fall planting every year and looks for spaces in newly developed areas to plant new trees. We also keep record of places that we have had to remove trees so that we make sure to replant in those areas. We received an Emerald Ash Borer grant and are working to reduce the number of Ash trees by replacing them with other varieties throughout the city.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Red Wing has a distinct downtown district and a main throughfare with tree planting efforts in each. We do maximize tree planting throught the city, however, we're selective on some of the major roads because they are actually state controled roads. We could put more shade trees along major roads but it's not necessarily in our best interest because we do not want to interfere with the state in any way. On our downtown main street, however, we do try to maximize the tree planting.

Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2008 the City had a sustainability report with mapped out 5,690 trees planted in streets and boulevards. This would serve a base line. The City is also replacing ash trees in parks and open spaces as a separate effort.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Enact an ordinance that preserves/replaces trees and soils and encourages resilient, non-invasive landscaping. Report protection of large wooded areas by means of zoning or development review under best practice action 10.3
Address tree preservation and soils conservation 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 resilient, non-invasive native landscaping throughout the city.
Adopt quantitative performance metrics; require approval of a tree preservation plan before development (tree inventory, tree saving zones, soil preservation measures, 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:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The city has a tree replacement policy on both public an private property. As a policy, we do not let the public do work on city owned/planted trees. We also inspect private trees and can ask people to do repair/remove trees, but if they don't, we do have jurisdiction over the private trees if they are potentially harmful to others or the environment. We have ordinances in place for weeds and grass height in residential yards that would get in the way of the growth of natural vegetation.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


For smaller cities: at least one volunteer is a Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector or a Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector.
City has written and begun implementing a community emerald ash borer preparedness plan/climate change adaptation plan for urban forests including resilient tree species; city tree canopy goal aims for a "5-10-15" rule-of-thumb.
At least one city staff member is a Certified Forester, a landscape horticulture professional, or holds Tree Inspector and First Detector certification; city staff provide free assistance to residents/businesses, or support volunteer forestry efforts.
Action 6: Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:     [ Hide city details] a. Having trained tree specialists.

c. Adopting an EAB/forest management plan or climate adaptation plan for the urban forest.

b. Supporting volunteer forestry efforts.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city's public works department has two staff members certified as well as a consultant forester and we work directly with a community organization thats primary goal is to protect the city's trees and to keep the city green.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City has a storm water utility to based on use and land type for the management of stormwater in the city. In 2009 we established a stormwater utility that accomplishes all of the listed activities.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to identify and enhance stormwater treatment in areas of need. Continue to reduce the amount of stormwater in the city without treatment.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Install, require and/or provide guidelines for raingardens, rain barrels, parking lots (salt use reduction/alternatives, French drains, etc.) or pervious pavement at sites where the practice was not implemented to satisfy a requirement in an NPDES/SDS MS4 and/or Construction Stormwater permit or Industrial Stormwater permit; report that all city staff are developing guidelines that use the updated precipitation data in Atlas 14 or better, future predicted precipitation; note required use of compost as a soil amendment.
Install, require, incentivize and/or provide guidelines for green roofs, cisterns, neighborhood water storage, rainwater harvesting to supplant irrigation with drinking water, and other stormwater reuse. Report storage and reuse of stormwater for golf course/parkland irrigation under best practice action 18.5c.
Have an ongoing retrofit program to reduce pollutant loads and stormwater volume from existing neighborhoods that requires one or more of the stormwater practices in this action; aim for zero stormwater discharge in a development project.
Action 5: Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:     [ Hide city details] a. Rain gardens/infiltration practices.

b. Rainwater harvesting practices.

c. Green alleys or green parking lots.

d. Pervious/permeable pavement or pavers.

e. Green roofs / green walls.

f. Tree trenches / tree boxes.

g. Incorporate compost and/or native plants into landscape design.

Date action report first entered:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Red Wing has raingardens and has design standards for implementation for city and residents.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to support and develope raingardens on public and private property.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 6: Reduce de-icing salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/28/2011

Implementation details:
The city has an erosion and sediment control ordinance. It also has a permanent treatment control standard. In our zoning ordinance we have a stormwater management section that requires erosion and sediment control and permanent stormwater treatment with new development.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to implement the ordinance.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   06/28/2011

Implementation details:
The City performed a detailed evaluation of open space opportunities in 2007. Init it detailed the priority areas the city deemed as important for a variety of reasons.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to re-evaluate and update the needs and measure the success of newly added open spaces. Currentoy more than 20% of the City's area is in one of several statutes; parks, trails, open spaces, preserves.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Friends of the Bluffs, the Sustainability Commission, and Live Healthy Red Wing are all community programs that have done some work in land restoration and stewardship - buckthorn removal at parks, for example. Live Healthy Red Wing is working with the Red Wing Area Fund on a restoration effort for Memorial Park - repairing rock steps, removing non-native vegetation, replanting trees, etc. The city has collaborated with the MN Land Trust on a number of open space preservation projects that resulted in a number of conservation easements and natural resource management plans.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Surface Water
{ 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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Our city zoning ordinance has a shoreland management ordinance that was approved by the DNR.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems
{ BP no. 20 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Compare the energy use and financial performance of your facilities with other peer plants using standardized, free tools.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
B3 Benchmarking allows for peer comparison, however, B3 is not a good tool for measuring Water Treatment Plants. Because of that, the water treatment plants were taken out of the B3 program (no longer tracking - historical data is still entered in the program). Energy Star's Portfolio Manager would be a better choice to compare water treatement plants, but Red Wing has not set up portfolio manager

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Create a motor replacement plan for key motors, to at least maintain efficient operation and preferably improve it; utilize utility conservation improvement program for motors.
Upgrade SCADA systems to use existing flow and amperage or kilowatt measurements as a real-time efficiency measure for key equipment.
Review energy use for proposed plant upgrades at current volumes of water treated as well as at design capacity to verify the plant will run efficiently over the range of expected flow rates.
Action 2: Plan and budget for motor maintenance and upgrades so as to assure the most energy efficient, durable and appropriate equipment is available when upgrades or break downs occur.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
This is a standard operating procedure for the City of Red Wing.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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 miles clay pipes relined, # 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:   06/28/2011

Implementation details:
The city performs routine I and I studies the lastest being in 2010.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to perform the I and I studies and make improvements.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Assist local businesses and institutions with water conservation measures; assist businesses in pre-treating and lowering volumes and toxicity of sewer inflows.
Reuse water (sell reclaimed water) from a wastewater plant for nonpotable ag-processing, irrigation, cooling or power plant uses; require businesses to take steps to keep grease out of sewer lines.
Co-generate electricity and heat through anaerobic digestion at the wastewater treatment plant; comp plan/zoning that guides businesses using high volumes of non-potable water to within 2-5 miles of a waste water treatment plant.
Action 6: Implement a wastewater plant efficiency project (co-generation, water reuse) or a program for local private business operations (water conservation, water reuse, business co-location).     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/28/2011

Implementation details:
A) Industrial pretreatment program that engages business to lower toxicity or volume of waste discharges to POTW. D) One grey water reuse system in the city

Outcome measures/metrics:
Record the business that get involved in the toxicity or reduction actions and also list the gret water re-use site(s)

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Steve Stadler (City staff)   |   sstadler@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6350


Sustainable Consumption and Waste
{ BP no. 22 }

Provide participant numbers and/or tons managed of one or more programs: food-to-people, food-to-animals, compostables collection, and backyard composting. Mention any yard waste collection program (note that it it banned by state law from landfills).
Organics collection by one hauler; facilitate multiple businesses to collect compostables; include a public outreach program to prevent food waste; assist with or directly manage yard waste so as to produce and sell a value-added wood chip and/or compost product.
Manage organics via small site composting, drop-site composting, or anaerobic digestion, and/or set and meet an aggressive program goal, such as % residents/businesses participating or profitability of program.
Action 5: Arrange for a residential and/or business/institutional source-separated organics collection/management program.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/28/2011

Implementation details:
The City has at least one (name here?) organics managmeent program

Outcome measures/metrics:
Name the program , and list the amounts pulledout from waste streams.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Require trash haulers to follow the city-organized recycling collection schedule; require organized collection of residential recyclables; publish hauler rates on city's web site & require waste/recyclables tonnage reports as a condition of licensing; assist residents on X % of city blocks to arrange for 75%+ of houses to contract with 1 trash hauler; set at least a 25% price differential among 3 cart size/frequency categories (~30, 60, 90-gallons); provide a financial or other incentive (e.g. larger container) for recycling. Report compostables collection under action 22.5 Note that pre-2018 entries of cities organizing their solid waste collection service are found under action 22.6
Offer bi-weekly trash collection, ideally paired with weekly recycling (and organics); organize city-wide collection of recyclables, yard waste, source-separated organics via RFP.
Organize trash collection; contract with one/multiple, zoned haulers for trash & multi-materials, either via RFP (if previous contract) or via hauler negotiations; note estimated cost savings to residents and to city (from decreased truck traffic); note if trucks use compressed natural gas (as city license condition?); achieve 50% recycling & 10% composting rate.
Action 7: Improve/organize residential trash, recycling and organics collection by private and/or public operations and offer significant volume-based pricing on residential garbage and/or incentives for recycling.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/28/2011

Implementation details:
THe city of red Wing is the residential waste collector and has volume based recepticles/ rates.

Outcome measures/metrics:
List the prices for the various recepticles.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Local Air Quality
{ BP no. 23 }

Conduct an education campaign (including website information and other media releases or outreach techniques) on the health risks of wood burning, including the steps needed to mitigate those risks; conduct a similar campaign on "smoker" cars.
Conduct an education campaign (1 Star rating) and offer financial assistance for decommissioning older fireplaces or wood-burning equipment.
Achieve a 2-Star rating AND document quantitative environmental outcomes.
Action 1: Conduct an education/financial assistance campaign around one of the following residential wood burning/auto exhaust issues:     [ Hide city details] a. Indoor and outdoor wood burning behavior, to ensure that wood burning is only done with seasoned wood and in a manner that lessens the impact on neighbors.

b. Indoor wood burning technology, to result in community members upgrading from inefficient/more polluting fireplaces and wood stoves to pellet/gas/biogas devices, air source heat pumps, or the most efficient certified wood stoves.

c. Smoker cars - older model/high polluting vehicles, to result in repairs spurred by repair vouchers.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
In 2010 the city held public meetings and established new requirements for outdoor wood boilers that establishes standards for burning wood with low water content.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
In 2010 the city held public meetings and established new requirements for outdoor wood boilers that establishes standards for burning wood with low water content.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Participate in the Air Aware Employers program; OR report the dimensions of and results from your vehicle-idling actions: for example, no idling in the downtown core. Report no-idling policies for city and school fleets in best practice 13 and for business fleets under 23.4
Adopt a non-smoking ordinance for parks; report on your campaign with retail stores OR gasoline-replacement efforts; work with food trucks to decrease noise/pollutants.
Report on the reach of your smoking-free policy; decrease pollutants from back-up generators by shared generators, fuel cells, etc.
Action 3: Conduct one or more policy or education/behavior change campaigns on the topics below and document:     [ Hide city details] a. Decreased vehicle idling, pollutants/noise from stationary engines/back-up generators.

b. Participation in the Air Aware Employers program.

c. Adoption of a smoking-free policy at one or more multi-unit housing buildings, private or public.

d. Replacement of gasoline-powered small equipment with lower polluting equipment.

e. Increased sales by retail stores of low and no-VOC household products.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Red Wing Housing Authority established a no-smoking policy for public housing in full for the indoors and at restricted times and at only certain places on the property outside.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   01/30/2013
Date of last report update:   04/25/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The Sustainability Commission is currently composed of eight citizen members with the purpose of providing advice to the City Council concerning environmental issues and initiatives confronting the City. The Commission works with citizens, government, businesses and local community organizations to protect and preserve the ecological resources of the community. Specifically, the commission is charged with recommending a sustainability plan to the City Council; assisting and advising the Council, Planning Commission and other City agencies in assessing the environmental impact of proposed undertakings; recommending environmental policies; completing studies; developing educational programs; and establishing volunteer programs and opportunities. In 2015, the Commission adopted the "Green Wing Energy Action Plan" which establishes energy reduction goals for the community. The Commission reviews GreenStep City best practices when taking into consideration implementing new initiatives. The commission meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/sustainabilitycommission.html

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

Partners:
City of Red Wing Sustainability Commission volunteers


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:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
In 2009 the city developed a complete Sustainability Measures Report that will soon be updated.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Produce a city environmental / sustainability report/summary; update your city council periodically during 'open mike' time; involve an existing city council committee or community task force.
Adopt (ideally after a public process and city council review) and commit to measure and annually report on sustainability indicators, generally related to or directly tied to the city's work on GreenStep best practices; may include community-wide energy and water use, vehicle miles traveled, and waste generated (Regional Indicators Initiative).
Adopt and commit to measure and annually report on broad sustainability indicators such as covered by GreenStep Step 4/5 metrics (which include a city operations GHG inventory), the STAR Community Rating System, LEED for Cities, GARE's race & equity measures.
Action 3: Measure and report progress on sustainability indicators including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
As a part of the Green Wing Action Plan developed by the Partners in Energy (PIE) Group, sustainability indicators regarding energy use were adopted by the City of Red Wing Sustainability Commission and City Council in Dec. 2015.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Not including the top three commercial users, Red Wing used 170 million kWh of electricity in 2013. Of this community-wide electricity use, 66% was used by commercial and industrial customers, and the remaining 34% was used by residential customers. Commercial and industrial customers account for 13% of the total premises and residential customers account for 87%.7 Red Wing customers used 11 million therms of natural gas in 2013. Commercial and industrial customers accounted for 53% of Red Wing’s natural gas use and 10% of Red Wing’s gas premises. Residential customers used 47% of the natural gas and accounted for 90% of the premises. Working with Excel Energy, the City will continue to promote through the PIE Program energy efficiency program and monitoring of the community's energy use. Attached is a recent overview of participation in energy efficiency projects and usage rates.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

Partners:
Xcel Energy and the City of Red Wing


At least two informational/educational activities or creation of a group to work on such; promotion of/assistance with Friendly Front Yards, block clubs, neighborhood associations. Report under action 2.1 marketing & outreach programs that are limited to promoting/achieving residential energy use reduction and energy efficiency; report business outreach campaigns under BP 25; report youth/student engagement in city government under 24.6; report other targeted campaigns under topic-specific actions, e.g. 23.3
Sustained activities covering a range of topics (active living, food, water, energy, etc.) that have some challenge, assistance and/or measurement elements; documented accomplishments such as Green Ribbon School recognition, Friendly Fronts apartment building certification (coming in later 2017); city work that supports schools/youth to improve their schools (through an ecology club, school green team, IPL youth team).
Sustained activities and multiple reported outcomes such as increased multi-modal commuting, reduced water and energy use, increased local food production, increased business vitality, etc.
Action 4: Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:     [ Hide city details] a. The entire community.

b. Homeowners.

c. Front yards/sidewalks, block clubs, neighborhood associations.

d. Congregations.

e. Schools, colleges.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
A new joint initiative called the “Get-Up-And-Save Congregational Energy Challenge” is being launched by the City of Red Wing in partnership with Xcel Energy. This educational campaign is a fun competition between local churches to promote environmental stewardship. Reducing energy usage equates to a cleaner “Green Wing” community -- all the while, saving money! The organizer of the Congregational Energy Challenge is local Red Wing native, Jill Fanslow. Each congregation is requested to have a designated point person for carrying the campaign within the congregation. Throughout the Challenge, residents and congregations will be provided with opportunities to bring energy and cost savings home. The Challenge will run from April 1st through May 15th. Participating congregations will earn points for congregates completing actions who report their activities. The top two places-of-worship with the most points will receive free Energy Audits ($600 value) and the third-place congregation will receive a pizza party/treats for their youth group or congregation. Point. Congregation representatives who organize activities at their church will receive a FREE home energy audit ($100 value)!

Outcome measures/metrics:
The kick-off meeting for the Energy Challenge was on March 21st. Representatives from any congregation in “Green” Wing were welcome to participate and to learn more. Currently four congregations are in the competition. The Green Wing joint partnership was developed by the community of Red Wing in collaboration with Xcel Energy to encourage less energy use and the creation of more renewable sources across Red Wing. For more information visit red-wing.org/greenwing.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

Partners:
Xcel Energy and the City of Red Wing


pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 5: Conduct or support a community education, visioning and planning initiative using a sustainability framework such as:     [ Hide city details] a. Strong Towns, resiliency, transition.

b. Eco-municipalities, Smart Cities.

c. Healthy communities, environmental justice, race equity.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
Live Healthy Red Wing

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Green Business Development
{ BP no. 25 }

pending pending Star rating not yet assigned to city Action 1: Grow new/emerging green businesses and green jobs through targeted assistance and new workforce development.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/06/2011

Implementation details:
As an earth day activity the sustainablity commission sponsored a local foods film festival offering documentary films such as King Corn, Fresh, Food Inc. Films were offered free of charge at local natural food store "Simple Abundance" and at the River Bend Food Co-op Market

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Promote business assistance providers on your city web site on an ongoing basis, or identify how the city has promoted business assistance to at least 5 for-profit or non-profit organizations about audit/assistance programs within the past year. Report outreach to just tourism businesses under action 25.3; report work on business operations related to water under action 20.6; report promotion of PACE financing under action 26.3
Participate on a 1-time basis in a campaign organized by an assistance provider; report outcomes from these visits (# of businesses assisted, by whom, sampling of results/improvements made, such as energy or waste reductions). Report assistance to businesses on water conservation and wastewater pretreatment (could be from a city utility) under actions 20.6 and 20.7
Create an ongoing city-organized business assistance program AND report results (financial/environmental outcomes).
Action 2: Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to connect businesses with assistance providers, including utilities, who provide personalized energy, waste or sustainability audits and assistance.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   06/28/2011
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The Red Wing community developed the "Green Wing" Energy Challenge in collaboration with Xcel Energy to encourage less energy use and the creation of more renewable sources across Red Wing. We’re challenging local businesses to save money and help the community by participating in simple energy saving programs.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The “Green Wing Energy Challenge” is designed to save local Red Wing business owners energy and money! Our goal is to make the process easier to understand by providing low-cost resources for general assistance, building assessments, and financing. Businesses may connect with a local Green Wing volunteer representative to coach them through the process. The 2016 - 2017 goal is to have 100 businesses participate in energy audits or other actionable energy efficiency programs.

Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/green-wing-energy-challenge-for-businesses.html

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Report businesses that reuse, remanufacture, recycle and compost local material and arbitrage surplus capacity of existing service/product businesses. Report under action 22.4 efforts to publicize, promote and use reuse/repair/rental businesses, and report under action 12.6 bike/car sharing.
City BR&E (business retention and expansion) efforts explicitly assist value-added businesses.
Provide explicit incentives such as loans/grants to such businesses.
Action 4: Strengthen value-added businesses utilizing local "waste" products and renting products/services.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
We recycle metal at Hove Metals, just down the street from Red Wing Public Works. St. Paul heating district takes ground-up wood from the Incinerator.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Document steps beyond regulatory requirements to remediate a brownfield, using MPCA/other best practices.
Document how the redeveloped parcel has created jobs; is redeveloped as a mixed-use site.
Document the "green" nature of businesses locating on the redeveloped parcel; add renewable energy generation capacity on a brownfield; finalist/winner of MN Brownfield's Rescape award. Note if a land bank was used for site acquisition/parcel assembly and redevelopment.
Action 5: Lower the environmental and health risk footprint of a brownfield remediation/redevelopment project.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The City is currently administering two $200,000 EPA Community Assessment Grants to be used to encourage clean-up and re-development of brownfield sites.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Renewable Energy
{ BP no. 26 }

Ensure that solar and/or wind energy installations are allowed land uses for appropriate zoning districts within the zoning code.
Adopt the Grow Solar land use best practices or a wind ordinance with provisions that promote rather than restrict renewable energy installations. Include incentive provisions such as fee guidelines, fast-tracking permits (as noted in action 26.7). Note land use or street standards that maximize solar orientation of buildings.
Adopt solar energy standards and a wind energy ordinance; require renewable energy installations or RE-ready buildings when the city is a financial participant in a project; adopt a biomass ordinance to govern cogeneration facilities.
Action 1: Adopt solar energy standards, wind energy/biomass ordinance that allows or encourages appropriate renewable energy installations.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In July 2014, the City of Red Wing amended its Zoning Land Use provisions by adding a solar ordinance. The Planning and Sustainability Commissions are working together to develop a the solar ordinance standards.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Private and public solar arrays are being built within Red Wing actively.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Partner with a local utility or with firms that lease and finance energy systems to offer a renewable energy/energy efficiency product.
Partner with a financial institution (local bank, investment firm) to create a renewable energy/energy efficiency loan product, or leverage heating-assistance funds for renewables installation.
Join a PACE program available to Minnesota cities. Report number of participants, funding sources, dollars lent and installed capacity in kW.
Action 3: Promote financing programs for clean energy, such as PACE for commercial property owners, to install generation capacity/energy efficiency equipment.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   04/24/2017
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
On March 14, 2016, the City of Red Wing entered into a joint powers agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority to implement the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (“PACE OF MN”) locally.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The city of Red Wing makes available the PACE program to businesses. It has been promoted through Partners In Energy campaign efforts through 2016 into 2017. One application for PACE Program s in the process of being submitted to the St. Paul Port Authority.

Descriptive links:

Partners:
City of Red Wing Sustainability Commission, R.W. Port Authority and St. Paul Port Authority


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:   01/30/2013
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
During 2013, the City of Red Wing began to install two solar panels at its Fire Station and Solid Waste Campus. An additional four solar panels were installed over the course of 2014. These solar electric projects will have an expected life of 40 years and are estimated to produce approximately $2,250,000.00 of electricity in that time. The total cost for all six projects will be $1,906,654.00. The cost for the City of Red Wing’s portion of these projects will be $166,753.00 or 9%. The remaining expenses were paid for with grants from Xcel Energy & the State of Minnesota, and financing investment from Newport Partners, LLC.

Outcome measures/metrics:
These 6 solar panels produce 240,000 kWh over the course of the year which is approximately 3.6% of the City’s operational electrical consumption for the 2015 year.

Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/solarproject.html

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

Partners:
Newport Parnters. LLC.


Describe existing installations. Though some "Who's doing it" report are for solar garden subscriptions, please report city government community solar garden subscriptions, green tag purchases and 3rd party solar purchases under action 15.2; municipal wastewater biogas projects under 20.6; solid waste anaerobic digestion under 22.5; municipal geothermal under 1.7
Report installed kW capacity.
Report utility-scale projects - for example, a 1+ MW community solar garden. Also report city government energy purchases from this garden under action 15.2
Action 6: Report installed private sector-owned renewable energy/energy efficient generation capacity with at least one of the following attributes:     [ Hide city details] a. Fueled by flowing water, sun, wind, or biogas.

b. Fueled in part or whole by manure or woody biomass, optimized for minimal air and other environmental impacts and for energy efficiency and water conservation.

c. Distributing heating/cooling services in a district energy system.

d. Producing combined heat and power; using a microgrid.

e. Energy storage integrated into a renewable energy installation.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013
Date of last report update:   04/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In 2016, the City of Red Wing entered into a solar garden subscription for 5,737,500 kWh annually with solar garden provider Innovative Power Systems (IPS). The subscription should come near to providing 100% of the City's electrical use. IPS has built its first solar garden at large site provided by the Red Wing School District. The new 5 MW solar array recently went into production and the City has begun purchasing solar power in January 2017. Then new RW School District garden will supply 57% of the City’s solar garden subscription.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The rest of the City's solar subscription will come online when IPS has finished building more gardens. The solar garden subscription is a 25-year agreement which will save the City a conservative estimate of $6.6 million.

Descriptive links: https://www.ips-solar.com/community-solar-gardens/red-wing-community-solar-garden/

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

Partners:
Innovative Power Systems and the Red Wing School District


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:   06/06/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Red Wing has two active community gardens - one near a commercial area of downtown and another in a more residential location.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue current gardens and possibly expand to a handicap accessible location

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   06/06/2011

Implementation details:
The Red Wing Farmers Market expanded again last year to a new location and a winter operation as well. They also offer sattelite locations (outreach) on limited days of the week at assisted living facilities. The city has actively encouraged the development and growth of the farmer's market. The city has two community gardens and the Live Healthy Red Wing organization is working with the Red Wing School District to develop school garden at Sunnyside Elementary. Both Kiki's Simple Abundance and the Riverbend Market Cooperative are thriving in the city of Red Wing.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to expand the Market including the outreach operation

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

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Business Synergies and EcoDistricts
{ BP no. 28 }

Energy/water reuse includes: reuse of non-contact industrial cooling water; reuse of hot water from a laundromat by a nearby greenhouse; use of waste heat from a crematory to heat a nearby recreation center and its pool. Record projects under best practice action 20.6 where a city wastewater plant sells reclaimed water for nonpotable ag-processing, irrigation, cooling or power plant uses, or when the plant co-generates electricity and heat and sells it to businesses.
Describe how the city facilitated at least one such project.
Report how the city is, on an ongoing basis, helping businesses complete these reuse projects and how many completed projects exist.
Action 2: Document that at least one business/building uses waste heat or water discharge from another business.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
S.B. Foot Tannery gets waste heat from the Incinerator next door.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:     [ Hide 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.

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The Red Wing Mall, Pottery Pond Stores, Smokin' Oak/Country Inn, Perkins/Best Western, etc. are examples of shared parking within the city. The Zoning Code encourages shared parking arrangenments. For childcare facilities, the Colvill Family Center is available to Red Wing residents. Numerous examples of this can be found in the downtown area of Red Wing. One good example would be the old High School being converted to condominiums.

Outcome measures/metrics:

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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


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:   05/09/2017
Date of last report update:   05/09/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Red Wing works in close partnership with Goodhue County in emergency management planning efforts. With the Prairie Island Nuclear facility being within the community, an extensive emergency management plan is in place and annually practiced. The State of Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management works closely with Goodhue County and Red Wing in conducting radiological drills on a regular basis and having thorough evacuation, sheltering and communication plans in place. The City of Red Wing has a designated emergency manager who is a police administrative captain, Tony Grosso. In early 2017, Captain Grosso completed his emergency manager certification with the State. He is currently working on a Railroad Emergency Response plan and conducting a city drill in the late summer of 2017.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744


Conduct a high-level assessment of strategic climate vulnerabilities and vulnerable populations. Identify important assets and key adaptation/resilience opportunities. (Report more detailed assessments under Actions 5 and 7.)
Adopt a stand-alone climate adaptation/resilience plan; incorporate climate adaptation and resilience goals and strategies into the city’s comprehensive plan (or long-term vision or adaptation plan for Category B & C cities and tribes) using public engagement processes which must involve proactive outreach, stakeholder involvement, and meaningful engagement of vulnerable and underrepresented populations.
Based on the direction provided by an assessment of vulnerabilities and/or a comprehensive planning process, integrate identified climate adaptation/resilience strategies directly into city ordinances (such as strong land use and/or storm water regulations to protect or create resilient assets), operating procedures, and capital improvement or other budgets.
Action 2: Integrate climate resilience into city or tribal planning, policy, operations, and budgeting processes.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   04/24/2017
Date of last report update:   05/09/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
During 2016, the City of Red Wing has integrated climate resilience into city strategic planning, operations and budgeting processes. First, the City Council included within its 2016 Strategic Plan two projects: 1) Strategy I.D.10 to "develop a community resiliency plan to identify and prepare a plan to adapt to potential impacts of climate change" with implementation designated for 2017 and 2) Strategy III.H.2 to "strengthen staff support for the Sustainability Commission." Within the 2017 City Budget, the Council approved a half-time position for the City to fill a formal Sustainability Coordinator role who will take the lead in resiliency planning. Operationally, the Human Resource department has approved a Sustainability Coordinator job description.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City of Red Wing human resource department is currently in the process of attempting to fill the Sustainability Coordinator position. Once the new coordinator is hired, the Resiliency planning will commence. The City additionally has recently appointed a new emergency manager who finished his emergency management certification and will participate in all hazards planning efforts such as resiliency planning. The City Strategic Plan also provides the following goals: * a new emergency manager who will participate in all hazards planning efforts; * a Code Red Program that informs residents of emergency information via automatic phone recordings; * the goal of fostering an active, healthy citizenry in which all residents feel listened to, engaged, and connected; * the goal to improve communication with residents about city news, policies, and activities using multiple media forms; and * the plan to hire a communication staff person to facilitate proactive communication

Descriptive links: http://www.red-wing.org/media/files/city_council/City%20of%20Red%20Wing%20Strategic%20Plan%20FINAL%202016.pdf

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744