To achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2040 as outlined in the Climate Action Plan, the city has taken steps to improve operations and implement energy efficient practices.
Resident, business, and public and nonprofit resources
The city knows it is important for everyone in St. Louis Park to help in achieving carbon neutrality and has provided and created resources for residents, businesses, and public and nonprofit organizations. Visit the Take Action page from more information.
The city has collaborated with Great Plains Institute to create a solar suitability assessment map to help homeowners, businesses and schools determine their property's solar photovoltaic (PV) system potential.
This interactive map allows you to click on any property in St. Louis Park and obtain information on size and output of a solar energy system based on analysis of shading, roof pitch and size.
City building improvements
Four out of eight St. Louis Park city buildings are powered by renewable electricity.
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels were installed on Fire Station 2 and at the Municipal Service Center.
- City hall and the police department are powered by 100 percent renewable electricity through Xcel Energy’s Renewable*Connect program.
Fire Station 1 and 2
Exit lighting at both fire stations was recently replaced with new, more cost-effective LED fixtures. Roughly 60 signs were replaced in these two facilities.
The Rec Center
New pool filters were installed at The Rec Center’s Aquatic Park which will reduce water use, save energy and reduce costs.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
The goal of the new Westwood Hills Nature interpretive building is to be zero energy, with 100 percent of the building’s annual energy needs supplied by on-site renewable energy.
Transition to electric tools
The parks division is replacing most of its gas-powered equipment, such as weed whippers, with electric tools to reduce emissions.
The city currently offers electric vehicle chargers at city hall and The Rec Center. It is also reviewing electrical vehicle charging opportunities for upcoming projects in public parking lots and ramps, including at Westwood Hills Nature Center.
Through GreenStep Cities, the city has participated in the Cities Charging Ahead EV cohort to help gain insight from other cities. Through this cohort, the city is undergoing a one-year fleet analysis of city vehicles, funded by Xcel Energy. Results of the analysis will provide recommendations for which city vehicles would be best suited for replacement with electric vehicles or hybrids.
Streetlights upgraded to LEDs
Both Xcel Energy and the city are replacing streetlights with LEDs, which are long-lasting and more energy efficient.
Recognition and involvement
The city of St. Louis Park was awarded SolSmart bronze designation, which recognizes communities that have taken steps to address barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of local solar markets.
In order to achieve the bronze designation, St. Louis Park revised its solar permit process and added information that supports the solar permitting on the city’s permit webpage.
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano and the city are now members of Climate Mayors, also known as the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a national network of U.S. mayors collaborating on climate.