Minnesota GreenStep Cities Overview

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An overview of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. Learn more at http://mngreenstep.org

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Minnesota GreenStep Cities Overview

  1. 1. Taking Action with Proven Best Practices
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation Overview Inside Scoop How GreenStep Works Accomplishments www.MnGreenStep.org
  3. 3. Overview
  4. 4. Introduction: GreenStep Cities Taking action with proven best practices Minnesota GreenStep Cities is an action-oriented voluntary program offering Cities a cost- effective, step-wise path to implement sustainable development best practices. www.MnGreenStep.org
  5. 5. Developed by and for Cities • 2007: Started with an engaged community member and ‘Green Star Cities’ • 2008: Legislature asks for a report • 2009: Statewide advisory committee and 4 technical committees • 2010: Program launches at League of MN Cities conference www.MnGreenStep.org
  6. 6. What is GreenStep all about? • Providing a “Pathway to Sustainability” that is: • Cost-effective • Pragmatic • Achievable for all MN cities • Providing assistance & peer learning for local governments to achieve best practices • Achieving meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases/clean air & other positive environmental outcomes • Reducing energy costs • Promoting innovation www.MnGreenStep.org
  7. 7. GreenStep City Benefits • Claim credit, be transparent & invite citizen/business participation • Special attention paid to GreenStep Cities • Access 40 hours of free consultant help and intern support • Learn from other cities • FREE Technical workshops on best practice topics • 1-stop shop for the most up-to-date information www.MnGreenStep.org
  8. 8. GreenStep Has Broad Uptake • 64 Cities • Over 25% of MN Population • Big & Small • Liberal and Conservative • Urban and Rural www.MnGreenStep.org
  9. 9. Participants at LMC Conference www.MnGreenStep.org
  10. 10. What makes GreenStep different? • Focused on Minnesota • Best practices developed by experts in their fields from Minnesota • Geared toward smaller cities • Action oriented • Allows flexibility within each Best Practice • Gives credit for actions we’ve already taken and identifies new actions to take • Identifies real resource people who can help us with each best practice • Provides a framework for a City’s sustainability efforts • Provides mechanism to share results w/ residents www.MnGreenStep.org
  11. 11. Theory of Change • Social norming & Tipping Point Theory – Participation and implementation hinges on expectations and actions of peers. – Assumes participation by 20% of cities would help foster a new norm for how cities incorporate sustainability best practices into operations. – Based on the subset of small to medium size cities in Minnesota, this is about 70 cities. www.MnGreenStep.org
  12. 12. Other Key Factors • Attainable and doable for small and mid-sized cities. 80% of MN cities have populations under 5,000. • Healthy competition among peer cities. Public web site and database allows everyone to learn from the actions of “competitor” cities. • Recognition occurs among peers at the LMC Annual Conference. • Participating cities designate a Coordinator; should be “somebody’s job” to keep the effort going. www.MnGreenStep.org
  13. 13. Recognition at LMC Conference www.MnGreenStep.org
  14. 14. Insider Scoop www.MnGreenStep.org
  15. 15. GreenStep Partners Main Partners: • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency • Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) • League of Minnesota Cities • Minnesota Department of Commerce • Izaak Walton League – MN Division • Urban Land Institute – MN and Regional Council of Mayors • Great Plains Institute • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota www.MnGreenStep.org
  16. 16. Celebration of Partnership Environmental Initiative Annual Awards 2012 www.MnGreenStep.org
  17. 17. GS Partners = Steering Committee Organization and Role of Steering Committee: • Memorandum of Understanding • Overall coordination • Bi-monthly (sometimes monthly) meetings • Subcommittees: communications, recognition, Step 4 and beyond, evaluation, etc. • Joint fundraising for non-profits • Outreach and recruitment • Technical assistance www.MnGreenStep.org
  18. 18. How GreenStep Works www.MnGreenStep.org
  19. 19. Best Practices GreenStep Cities has 28 best practices in 5 categories Buildings & Lighting Transportation Land Use Environmental Management Economic & Community Development www.MnGreenStep.org
  20. 20. Best Practices by Category www.MnGreenStep.org
  21. 21. 5 action options Completion - recognition guidance Why take action? The evidence Best Practice Example www.MnGreenStep.org
  22. 22. 1,400 action reports to date Information for taking action 1st call for help Connection to state policy www.MnGreenStep.org Best Practice Action Example
  23. 23. www.MnGreenStep.org Best Practice Action Example: Efficient Existing Public Buildings Best Practice One: Action One Reduce Energy use through energy efficiency or renewable energy upgrades in your city’s buildings Lindsay Wimmer GESP Outreach Coordinator Clean Energy Resource Teams wimm0020@umn.edu 612-625-9634
  24. 24. Be a GreenStep City: 5 Steps 1. Build Community Support 2. Identify best practices that your city is already doing or would like to do 3. Identify a GreenStep contact person (doesn’t have to be a city staff person) 4. Have City Council sign a resolution to participate 5. Start taking action! www.MnGreenStep.org
  25. 25. Determine City Category Category C Cities: Very small cities with typically no more than one public building and no more than two full-time equivalent staff. Category B Cities: Small to mid-size cities that have several public buildings and at least several staff. Category B cities maintain roads and usually a separate public works department and a planning/ development department. Category A Cities: Mid-size to large cities that are within a metropolitan area or serve as a regional economic and service center. Category A cities are served by a regular route transit service, provide a complete set of urban services, and have distinct commercial and industrial areas. Adjoining cities working together on the GreenSteps program must also be considered Category A cities. www.MnGreenStep.org
  26. 26. Programmatic Requirements www.MnGreenStep.org
  27. 27. Approve a Resolution www.MnGreenStep.org
  28. 28. Track and Report Sample reporting: BP # 7 Efficient City Growth, Action 1: describes WHAT the city has done to fulfill this best practice and provides documentation. Note: the star system which relates to the “level” of achievement for a cities action. www.MnGreenStep.org
  29. 29. Accomplishments www.MnGreenStep.org
  30. 30. GreenStep Notables from 2012 • Located all over the state, in all quadrants. • Large and small, including Rochester (over 100,000 people) and Milan (326 people). • 4 cities have achieved Step Three and are hoping to move beyond that this year. • 806 GreenStep actions have been completed • Top non-required actions: expanding local food access, becoming a Tree City USA, promoting bike/ped/transit, installing LED traffic signals, and conserving water. • Top required actions: having a comp plan, erosion ordinance, green purchasing policy. www.MnGreenStep.org
  31. 31. Other Findings • 21% of state’s population resides in a GreenStep City. • GreenStep Cities are younger: have a higher population in the 15-34 year age range than the average MN city. • GreenStep Cities vote like the average MN city. • City staff in GreenStep Cities are: – Motivated by cost savings and peer recognition (among other reasons) – Driven by a strong internal city organizational culture (which includes citizen commissions) – Valuing the coherence the program brings to what area sometimes fragmented activities www.MnGreenStep.org
  32. 32. GreenStep Firsts in 2012 • Edina: first commercial PACE (property assessed clean energy) program in MN. • Maplewood: first city in 20 years to shift to organized residential waste collection. • Northfield: first Transition Town effort in MN. • Elk River: first MN city to replace all traffic signals with cost- saving LED lights. • Falcon Heights, St. Louis Park, Edina: first MN cities to track energy, water, waste and vehicle miles traveled and normalize data by resident and jobs. • St. Cloud: nation’s first public bus powered by recycled vegetable oil @ $2.30/gal. www.MnGreenStep.org
  33. 33. BP Advisor Feedback • Focused Workgroup?: ~ 50% said yes • Other groups identified: public health, active living, trade and professional associations • Actions to take: Market services to GreenStep Cities, Integrate GSC into programmatic materials and communications, Direct assistance to cities in workplan. Less interest in directing funding to GSC. • Funding: there are a number of State grant programs that GSC could access. www.MnGreenStep.org
  34. 34. City Feedback: Spring 2013 • City metrics for Step 4?: yes: 42%, no: 14%, maybe: 42%. Question is largely about how to staff it. • Is measuring performance metrics worth it?: yes: 60%, no: 8%, 31: maybe. Concerns: veracity of information, standardized methods of measurement. • Other feedback: Avoid a mile-wide, inch deep. Allow flexibility for small cities. Stick with measuring impacts of current practices instead of adding more actions. • City teams?: Kind of; often with City staff. Perhaps as a Step 4 requirement. www.MnGreenStep.org
  35. 35. Regional Indicators Initiative www.MnGreenStep.org
  36. 36. REGIONAL INDICATORS INITIATIVE • Coon Rapids • Duluth • Eagan • Eden Prairie • Edina • Falcon Heights • Hopkins • Lake Elmo • Maplewood • Minneapolis • Minnetonka • Oakdale • Richfield • Rochester • Shoreview • Saint Anthony • St. Louis Park • St. Paul • White Bear Lake • Woodbury CITIES OTHER PARTNERS UTILITY COMPANIES Peoples Cooperative Power Association www.MnGreenStep.org Regional Indicators Initiative
  37. 37. FAST FACTS POPULATION: 5,762 AREA: 2.2 sq mi HOUSEHOLDS: 2,103 JOBS: approx. 3,900 HEATING DEGREE DAYS: 7,847 COOLING DEGREE DAYS: 744 PRECIPITATION: 29.4 in / yr. GOAL COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL RESIDENTIAL 85 2008 2009 kBtu / person (job) / day Image source: Metropolitan Design Center Image Bank 153 2008 2009 [MCCAG 2025 Goal] www.MnGreenStep.org ENERGY Indicators: Falcon Heights
  38. 38. gallons / person / day USAverageDomesticUse(2005) ACTUAL 152 2008 2009 Image source: falconheights.org FAST FACTS POPULATION: 5,762 AREA: 2.2 sq mi HOUSEHOLDS: 2,103 JOBS: approx. 3,900 HEATING DEGREE DAYS: 7,847 COOLING DEGREE DAYS: 744 PRECIPITATION: 29.4 in / yr. www.MnGreenStep.org Indicators: Falcon Heights WATER
  39. 39. Philipp Muessig GreenStep Cities Coordinator Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 651-757-2594 phillip.muessig@state.mn.us Amir Nadav Program Manager Great Plains Institute 612-767-7292 anadav@gpisd.net For More Information www.MnGreenStep.org

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