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Background Information

County:   Marshall
Population:   1,600
GreenStep City category:   C

Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.):   14

Participating township, county, school:
www.warrenminnesota.com

GreenStep City resolution:   Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date:   STEP 3 (05/17/2018)

GreenStep Coordinator

Shannon Mortenson
City staff
shannonm@warrenminnesota.com
218-745-5343

City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
https://www.warrenminnesota.com/index.asp?SEC={965B88FE-ACE4-446D-BC69-8D1C620705DF}

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment Files below summarize completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded each June to cities who report a minimum number of optional (and a few high-priority/core) metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics - see guidance documents for them at http://www.betterenergy.org/step4 - aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement beyond minimum thresholds in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data in the Metrics Files below.

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

 


Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars. Mouse over a star for its definition.
Total completed actions: 35     1-star actions: 12     2-star actions: 14     3-star actions: 9    







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; showcase your B3 public page/results on your city web site.
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:   02/12/2018
Date of last report update:   02/12/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1-Star: Building Editor was completed for each active city-owned building in B3; Andrew Boucher, the City's GreenCorps member, is responsible for routinely entering data, but there was a CERTs Seed Grant received that will allow for an automated benchmarking program. Consecutive monthly energy use data is ongoing and there are at least 12 months of consecutive energy use data for each site. 2-Star: Completed 1 Star criterion and enter 24 consecutive months of historical data; newly entered data is validated and corrected by looking at patterns/trends and inconsistencies; after the city conducts building audits and its thermal imaging project, potential opportunities for energy savings will be identified.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Implement changes in one poorer-performing building and summarize the actions taken: switch to LED lights; updating temperature, ventilation and lighting schedules and setbacks; occupancy sensors on lights/automated light dimmers; 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:   02/14/2014
Date of last report update:   05/14/2018
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Replace incandent lighting with LED light fixtures in old hospital building to make space usable for offices. Upgrade lighting in city library to 28 watt fixtures instead of 40 watt fixtures at time of replacement of failing fixtures. Installed 75F building control technology in City Hall; this includes updating and customizing temperature, ventilation, and lighting schedules/setbacks. This supplements our building-wide computer and office equipment power management policies. Marshall County replaced its boiler system with a set of high-efficiency boilers that has programmable settings and integration with the courthouse’s network system.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Replace old fixtures and improve operating costs of lighting systems in newly remodeled buildings in Warren. City Hall can now be fine-tuned to determine the minimal cost of operating the building while keeping the comfort levels in mind; this building system also identifies service/maintenance issues and catalogs them after they’ve been addressed; this further gives us an opportunity to identify areas of additional savings. Replace old system and improve operating costs of HVAC systems in the courthouse, introduce building controls to optimize settings.

Descriptive links: Upgrade indoor lighting to two existing city owned buildings             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
City's powersavers and Franklin Energy for doing lighting audit.


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:   01/09/2014
Date of last report update:   05/10/2018
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Remodeled city library with improving insulation and putting on addition. Goal to improve heating and cooling costs. Keep utilty cost the same with 40 X 40 addition in place. Conducted a thermal imaging survey to determine energy loss in every public building to prioritize retrofit/retro-commission projects; installed building operation technology from 75F, this includes a CCU, Smartstats, occupancy sensors, etc.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Reduced then fixed the city’s library utility costs a year after installation; fixes city hall's operations and keep them on a schedule.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
City's powersavers and Fraklin Energy for doing lighting audit; Northland Aeronautics for thermal imaging audits.


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

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2017
Date of last report update:   10/25/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star - B3 online benchmarking application to track power usage in buildings such as (City Office/Shop-2008), (Warren Fire Hall and Warren Library-2008), (North Star Assisted Living-2015 and Manor-2012), and the Westbridge Center-2013). -Meters that automatically record and track naturla gas, electricity, and water usage on a units/per day basis. -Implemented a city policy to use an information technology system using outdoor temperatures to set and establish heating/cooling requirements for each building to save energy. -Westbridge Center uses a building management system to control operating hours of the building's non-essential energy usage. 2 Star -City of Warren uses orientation of new employees/existing employees as well as providing a suitable and adequate kitchenette in its break rooms to discourage use of personal appliances as well as implementing a shutdown policy in which all electronics are shutdown in offices/buildings. -Custodians are scheduled to come in immediately following the end of business hours (4:30 PM) rather than bringing them in later and using more energy -Majority of offices have task lighting as well as windows and shades that provide adequate outdoor lighting. -Occupancy lighting installed in the break room in 2011

Outcome measures/metrics:
-Public policy was implemented to set standards for heating/cooling buildings - 15 buildings using meters to record natural gas, electricity, and water usage to B3 benchmarking -Since January 2012; City Office has been below the benchmark goal 75% (52 out of 69 months) -Since January 2009; City Shop has been below benchmark goal 100% (105 out of 105 months) -Since January 2009; Warren Library has been below the benchmark 49% of the time

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


New Green Buildings
{ BP no. 3 }

Require use of a green building standard or certification or code or city-determined list of sustainability features for some but not all city buildings; third-party verification not necessary. Note solar orientation requirements. Report under best practice action 1.5 new/existing city buildings with green features that were NOT built under a green building policy; report school buildings under 3.2, park buildings under 18.7, and private buildings under 2.4
Require either all buildings to use a green building framework, or that some buildings be certified/rated under a green building framework.
Require either the SB 2030 energy standard or that all buildings be certified/rated under a 3rd-party green building framework.
Action 1: Require by city policy that new city-owned buildings be built using the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Planning was done in 2013 and construction began winter 2013 and completition in July 2014. Reducing electric usage for heating apartments from using PTack units to using mini split cold temperature heat pumps with natural gas boiler heat for floor heat in new addition.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Cheaper electric operating costs along with more energy effiecent heating and cooling for the building as a whole along with management of individual apartment thermastats from a master computer monitoring system.

Descriptive links: Warren Assisted Living Building Project

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals
{ BP no. 4 }

Negotiate phased-in LED replacement of existing street lighting technology not owned by the city; replace 1/3 of lights.
Include in a utility franchise or contract mandatory lamp replacement with LEDs; assure all lighting is Dark-Sky compliant; replace 2/3 of lights; use B3 to track energy use of street lighting whose electricity bills the city pays.
Replace 100% of lights; estimate and report annual cost/energy/maintenance savings of replacements; report smart grid attributes of street lighting and light poles (such as auto/sensor dimming, video display panels).
Action 3: Replace the city's existing street lighting with Dark Sky-compliant LEDs, modifying any city franchise/utility agreement and adding smart grid attributes.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   10/26/2017
Date of last report update:   10/26/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
• City established a phased-in LED replacement of existing street lighting technology for city and non-city fixtures. • Replaced 1/5 of street lighting with LED lighting; on pace to meet the 1 Star requirement by 04/2019

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City of Warren has an established policy to replace all streetlights with LED lighting as street project take place.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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:   10/26/2017
Date of last report update:   10/26/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
- Warren has decided to prioritize signage over signals allowing the city to meet the expectations of Action No. 4 as this has allowed the city to coordinate and synchronize the signage while optimizing timing to minimize car idling without comprising safety or legal vehicle speeds.

Outcome measures/metrics:
- The city has kept its operating costs in regards to energy spent on transportation signals fixed.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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:   10/26/2017
Date of last report update:   10/26/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
• 1 Star – Warren uses two radar speed signs that utilize solar power via PV cells. • 2 Star – Warren install LED lighting whenever possible to light its streets, parking lots, and park/campgrounds; ongoing construction projects including the recreation center/hockey rink as well as the city pool house will use LED lighting on its streets and in its parking lots as will any future construction projects. * 3 Star – 2013, the City of Warren implemented a policy to routinely install LED lighting in every capacity regarding outdoor lighting.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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:   10/26/2017
Date of last report update:   10/26/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
- The City of Warren adopted a comprehensive plan which includes a land use plan; inventory/analysis, goal/policy formulation, comprehensive plan development, adopting the plan, plan implementation.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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

Date action report first entered:   10/30/2017
Date of last report update:   10/30/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
- Warren coordinated with Marshall County to avoid overlapping jurisdictions with police/fire services in return for having the latter's facilities in Warren, MN. - Warren provides Marshall County facilities (police station and courthouse) with water and sewage services. -Addressed potential conflicts with residential and regional economic development to best follow the practices of state and federal agencies.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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:   10/30/2017
Date of last report update:   10/30/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
- Warren established a growth area utilized in its 2014 comprehensive plan with expectations of limited growth by 2024.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Resilient City Growth
{ BP no. 7 }

Use a process/ordinance (planned unit development or other) that allows increased density and approves development on substandard lots through flexible frontage and lot sizes; create a density bonus in one residential or commercial zoning district; allow accessory dwelling units in one single-family zoning district or overlay area.
Have a rural residential cluster development ordinance/process; have a density bonus in multiple areas in the city; bonus for underground parking or proximity to transit or multifamily playground space; allow accessory dwelling units and/or co-housing developments in multiple single-family districts; allow tiny houses (~400 sq. ft.) on small lots or small (~350 sq. ft.) apartments.
Create an additional density bonus linked to a transfer of development rights program that protects agricultural or natural resource land on the fringe of the urban area; tie ADUs explicitly into a plan for increasing affordable housing and/or reducing homelessness; allow rooming or boarding houses or single-resident occupancy units; uncap the number of roommates who may share a dwelling unit.
Action 2: Achieve higher density housing through at least two of the following strategies:     [ Hide city details] a. Incorporate a flexible lot size/frontage requirement for infill development.

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

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

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

Date action report first entered:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Utilized city lot next to Marshall County Group Home lot for installation of geothermal heat sink to allow new group home to have lower heating and cooling costs moving forward. Building twin townhomes utilizing infrastructure more effiecently,

Outcome measures/metrics:
Lower heating and cooling costs for hot water, heat and cooling of the Marshall County Group home moving forward. Good use of existing non buildable lot owned by city for putting in Geothermal heat sink. Better use of land and infrastructure in developing twin homes.

Descriptive links: Marshall County Group Home Geothermal Project/Warren Twin townhome project

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
City of Warren EDA/Private developers


Mixed Uses
{ BP no. 8 }

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

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

c. Accessible by regular transit service.

Date action report first entered:   10/30/2017
Date of last report update:   10/30/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star - Both elementary and secondary schools are on the same block as city hall, the Marshall County courthouse, and the Marshall County police station all of which have sidewalks for pedestrians and paths for bicyclists. 2 Star - Fewer parking spaces in relation to parking standards due to shared parking between the schools -Municipal lots for the courthouse and police station

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Transportation   Transportation

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:   10/31/2017
Date of last report update:   10/31/2017
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star - Warren schedules its employees for training/conferences in a way that at least two individuals are traveling together to reduce operating costs of vehicles.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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:   11/17/2017
Date of last report update:   11/17/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City approved of the written policy to purchase Energy Star equipment/appliances and paper with 30% recycled content.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Require that all city purchases of water-using products, and all city development or renovation, meet WaterSense certification.
Achieve 1 Star AND publicize the City's requirement and encourage citizens and businesses to purchase WaterSense products.
Run a rebate program for business/residents to purchase WaterSense products; join EPA WaterSense program; achieve 1 Star AND work with local vendors to stock and routinely promote WaterSense products.
Action 4: Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   05/10/2018
Date of last report update:   05/10/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1-Star Passed a city council resolution to approve a Sustainable Purchasing Policy that requires city buildings, developments, and renovations to purchase WaterSense-certified equipment. 2-Star Met the expectations for 1-Star; the City's requirement for WaterSense-certified product purchasing in its buildings is displayed on its front page.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The city council verified the Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

Descriptive links: http://www.warrenminnesota.com/             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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

Date action report first entered:   10/31/2017
Date of last report update:   11/02/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star -Warren eliminated the use of disposable materials such as non-bathroom paper products and Styrofoam from its city hall and shop buildings.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Urban Forests and Soils
{ BP no. 16 }

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:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Replace any trees lost in storms or construction with new trees.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Keep Warren trees healthly and continuely replaced as trees are taken out or lost to storm damage or old age.

Descriptive links: Keep tree being replaced in Warren

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
City Utility department and city park and recreation board


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:   02/08/2018
Date of last report update:   02/08/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1-Star: Warren has a volunteer that is a Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector/Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Stormwater Management
{ BP no. 17 }

Complete the WI green infrastructure audit tool; previously registered for the Blue Star Award program.
Average a C grade on the audit tool; previously recognized with a Blue Star Award.
Average a B grade or above on the audit tool; previously recognized on the Leader Board of the Blue Star Award program.
Action 2: Complete a stormwater management assessment and be recognized for implementing the actions therein.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   02/07/2018
Date of last report update:   02/07/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Warren is registered for the Blue Star Award program and is doing the assessments to identify where its at.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Parks and Trails
{ BP no. 18 }

There exist at least 7 acres of municipal park land per 1000 residents.
At least 20% of total city land area is in protected green infrastructure (parks and protected natural resource areas, trails, publicly accessible school green space).
90% or more of residents are within a 10-minute walk, or within one-half mile of, a park or other protected green/blue space; report your ParkScore
Action 3: Achieve minimum levels of city green space and maximize the percent within a ten-minute walk of community members.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   02/08/2018
Date of last report update:   02/08/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1-Star: The City has 14 acres of municipal park land for its 2000 residents 2-Star: The City has at least 20% of total city land area dedicated to either parks, trails, or publicly accessible school green spaces. 3-Star: The City has ensured that at least 90% of residents are within a 10-minute walk or a half-mile of a park/protected green space.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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

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

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

Date action report first entered:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Develop play space in existing city park to make parks more attractive for young families to utilixe park space.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Reduce park upkeep expense by making play space more natural and utlizing native materials and putting down wood chips to cut down mowing of park space.

Descriptive links: Develop new play space into existing city park.

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
MN Extension for park playing space planning and drawings.


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:   11/02/2017
Date of last report update:   02/08/2018
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star -W-A-O high school has established a Riverwatch program which encourages student-led projects with assistance from adult volunteers to pursue hands-on restoration projects as well as stewardship projects - River restoration project and opening of access points within the city 2-Star: In addition to cleanup and removal of exotics, the city works with the county to engage community members in annual restoration of natural areas.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Septic Systems
{ BP no. 21 }

Promote/assist in the design and construction of clustered/shared septic systems; extend central sewer system service.
Constructed wetland treatment, recirculating ozone system in place.
Composting toilets and greywater system in place.
Action 6: Work with homeowners and businesses in environmentally sensitive areas and areas where standard septic systems are not the least-cost option to promote innovative waste water systems, including central sewer extensions.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   11/06/2017
Date of last report update:   11/06/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star -Extended central sewer system to all of Warren's citizens -Passed ordinances banning the use of septic systems 2 Star - Warren Wastewater Treatment Plant utilizes a recirculating ozone system 3 Star - WWTP cleans and recirculates greywater produced

Outcome measures/metrics:
Banned septic systems in city limited while extending central sewer system services to all of its residents.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Sustainable Consumption and Waste
{ BP no. 22 }

Measure/audit waste generated; adopt goals for reducing the generation of overall solid waste; goals for diverting a percentage of overall solid waste into recycling or compostables collection; goals for specific waste streams such as public works waste, disposable cafeteria ware, waste from parks. Note that some cities entered, before 2018, completion of this action under action 22.2
Describe actions taken, such as refurbishing office equipment, reusing building materials, increasing e-commerce, getting off junk mail lists, collecting organic material and beverage containers from parks.
Report measures that show goals were met by the reduced amount of waste generated, the increased amount of waste diverted into recycling and compostables collection.
Action 1: Improve city operations and procurement to prevent and reuse, recycle and compost waste from all public facilities (including libraries, parks, schools, municipal health care facilities), and minimize use of toxics and generation of hazardous waste.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   11/01/2017
Date of last report update:   11/01/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star -Developing and implementing its curbside recycling program -Measured waste generated by surveying the public about their garbage habits -Curbside city-wide single stream recycling program would reduce the generation of overall solid waste and divert a percentage of that waste into recycling or compostable collection. 2 Star -City has stopped buying and using disposable paper products and Styrofoam in all of its buildings -Reusing materials donated from UND to use for the construction of the community center -Changed a majority of its operations to better incorporate electronic access to documents to reduce the amount of paper waste

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Post the CoolClimate household-level consumption-based GHG calculator on a city solid waste/reuse/recycling page; education on reuse, recycling, composting; in-store recycling of thin plastic bags & sale of reusable bags; non-traditional recycling/collection for reuse (e.g., ink cartridges, shoes, batteries, clothes). Note that, under the Who's doing it tab, cities that have no star next to their entry are cities that entered, before 2018, an internal city operations recycling/composting action, which is now covered by action 22.1 and has been replaced by this current action on consumer products/packaging.
Public drinking fountains that encourage refilling water bottles; city ordinance on in-store fees on plastic & paper bags; credits for use of reusable bags.
City mandated recyclable/compostable egg cartons, to-go packaging; bans on plastic straws; county or city collection of clean Styrofoam from businesses and industry via a polystyrene densifier.
Action 2: Address concerns over consumer products and packaging through encouragement/implementation of one or more of:     [ Hide city details] a. Education on needless consumption, waste prevention and alternatives, including product stewardship / producer responsibility.

b. Reuse options.

c. Recycling / composting options.

d. Credits, fees.

e. Mandates, bans.

Date action report first entered:   11/01/2017
Date of last report update:   11/01/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star - Educational outreach on waste prevention and new city-wide recycling program -Implementation of a city-wide curbside recycling program

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Local Air Quality
{ BP no. 23 }

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

b. Outdoor residential wood boilers.

Date action report first entered:   11/01/2017
Date of last report update:   11/01/2017
Year action initially completed:   2012
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star - City passed regulations and ordinances regarding recreational burning and outdoor residential wood boilers (90.38) as well as the permitting process (90.42).

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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:   11/06/2017
Date of last report update:   11/06/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star • Formation of Best Practices advisory committee with the mayor, a city councilman, and other private citizens serving on the committee. • City webpage has a link to the city’s GreenStep profile • Monthly-bimonthly newsletters are provided to committee members and the public at large 2 Star • Purpose of the committee is to further GreenStep City Best Practice actions Online link on the city’s webpage to a report detailing the city’s GreenStep accomplishments

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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; 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:   02/20/2014

Implementation details:
A day educational form for community on substainablity put on by UND Center for Community Viability.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Community members adopting practices presented by UND.

Descriptive links: Community connect form with University of North Dakota Center for Community Viality

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
UND


Host a community meeting/event that explictly uses a sustainability framework.
Create or support an on-going local effort around one of these sustainability frameworks.
Achieve 2-star rating and adopt a sustainability plan or other implementation plan and/or goals and document concrete actions taken toward achieving them; work with LMC on race equity training & planning. Report adopted energy or climate plans under action 6.5
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:   01/10/2019
Date of last report update:   01/10/2019
Year action initially completed:   2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city of Warren created a group to follow thru on the goals established at the Walkability Workshop conducted by the MN Dept. of Health

Outcome measures/metrics:
Short term goals are identified to encourage people to walk more and a grant will be applied for to execute the goal.

Descriptive links:

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
North Valley Public Health; WAO School District


Renewable Energy
{ BP no. 26 }

Ensure that wind and/or biomass energy installations are allowed land uses for appropriate zoning districts within the zoning code.
Adopt a wind, biomass or renewable energy 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 26.1).
Adopt a biomass ordinance to govern cogeneration facilities.
Action 1: Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   05/25/2018
Date of last report update:   05/25/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 - Star Conducted a review of land uses, zoning districts, and zoning code to determine if there were any restrictions in place that would prevent solar/wind energy installations. SolSmart is reviewing these as well to ensure that no restrictions exist.

Outcome measures/metrics:
This has cleared the way for Warren to begin developing its own solar permitting and zoning standards which it has already established a permit application

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


Create a solar permit guideline to facilitate residential or small commercial solar installations permits based on the Grow Solar Toolkit best practices.
Become a SolSmart-certified city; complete 1 Star guidance plus work with surrounding communities to use the same solar permit guidelines and fee structure.
Complete 1 Star guidance plus waive permit fees for solar installations for two years, or set a low fixed permit fee consistent with Grow Solar Toolkit recommendations.
Action 7: Become a solar-ready community, including an expedited permit process for residents and businesses to install solar energy systems.     [ Hide city details]  

Date action report first entered:   05/25/2018
Date of last report update:   05/25/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 - Star Created a solar permit checklist for small solar PV systems based on the recommendations of the Grow Solar Toolkit. 2 - Star Complete 1 Star guidance as well as fixing the permit fee to $100.00 or $150.00 if an additional inspection is necessary. 3 - Star In the process of becoming a SolSmart-certified city as well as receiving Bronze and Silver designations; once the City of Warren has received these and identified its pathway to Gold designation, these materials will be bundled into a template package for surrounding communities to use.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Establishing a framework to permit and process solar projects in Warren and its surrounding communities.

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
SolSmart; CERTs; Great Plains Institute


Local Food
{ BP no. 27 }

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; a winter farmer's market; donations from markets/gardens to food shelves.
Report a permanent conservation easement on a school forest, orchard, garden; 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:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Warren started farmers market in 2012 and ran market in city park in 2012 and 2013.

Outcome measures/metrics:
More traffic in Warren to local businesses with farmers market in town along with local farmers and other people selling the goods to people throughout the region.

Descriptive links: Warren Farmers Market

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
Local farmers market association/City of Warren parks and recreation


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:   11/06/2017
Date of last report update:   11/06/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
1 Star -City of Warren in accordance with Marshall County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (2016) has prepared to maintain public health and safety during extreme weather and climate-change related events, while also taking a preventive approach to reduce risks for community members -Josh Johnson, the Marshall County Emergency Manager is responsible for the planning process as well as ensuring the plan meets the needs of the county, citizens, and is in compliance with the code of federal regulations -Emergency Manager is assisted by a Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee and a Hazard Mitigation Planning Team -Steering Committee is utilized to prepare a 5-year mitigation update effort to best reflect the risks on a yearly basis, and then the committee ensures implementation and support in terms of necessary resources for implementation -Scott Jorgenson (County Emergency Management Deputy Director), Jason Boman (Marshall County Sheriff), Gail Larson (Public Health Director), and Mark Jones (Safety Director) are some of the individuals on the committee whom are responsible for city preparedness, emergency responses, and recovery efforts in the event of natural disasters such as extreme heat/cold, blizzards, flooding, and tornadoes as well as updating the plan as climate conditions change 2 Star -The Hazard Mitigation Planning Team is responsible for providing technical guidance, documenting the planning process, and writing the mitigation plan with the Emergency Manager serving as the coordinating entity -The committee is also tasked with modeling disasters, conducting capability assessments and risk assessments, and creating a hazard and community profile for the county’s most vulnerable population groups relative to each event -The committee is in constant contact with participating jurisdictions to provide relevant information pertinent to their jurisdictions to act an official conduit between their respective cities and their citizens -The Hazard Mitigation Plan’s community profile revealed that since much of Marshall County exists in the floodplain, flooding is seen as the most significant hazard with changes in precipitation and winter storms as having the next most significant impact -The elderly (men and women older than 65), children (under the age of 12), and the disabled have been identified as the most at-risk populations in terms of being vulnerable to extreme cold, blizzards, or tornadoes in regards to climate events -Warren’s Police Department, Volunteer Ambulance Services, and Fire Department work in hand with Local Public Health Agencies to assure adequate public health infrastructure, protection against environmental health hazards, and with the county to prepare for and respond to disasters and assist communities in protecting vulnerable populations. The County utilizes Wireless Emergency Alerts in addition to traditional emergency broadcasts on radio/television as well as emergency response systems within the city sirens. 3 Star -Marshall County courthouse has been determined to be an appropriate facility available to the public as a community safe shelter for the City of Warren for the significant climate related events (flooding, extreme cold, tornadoes) -Moreover, because the County courthouse is located directly across from City Hall, the latter is able to sustain the former with its generators to provide potable water and backup power for a period of 5-7 days.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links:             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343


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:   01/10/2019
Date of last report update:   01/10/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city of Warren participated in an assessment of vulnerability conducted by PaleBlueDot. The city participated in the assessment via face to face interview and phone calls.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The report is published on the city of Warren website for residents to read and consider actions to be taken.

Descriptive links: https://www.warrenminnesota.com/vertical/sites/%7BE90113E1-BD14-442E-9522-C05229EDE30C%7D/uploads/NorthwestRegionPopulationVulnerabilityAssessmentandAdaptationFramework052918.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
PaleBlueDot, LLC