To achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2040 as outlined in the Climate Action Plan, the city has taken steps to improve sustainable practices for city employees, residents and business owners.
The Municipal Service Center and Fire Station 2 have rooftop solar systems, which offset about 25 - 30 percent of each buildings total electricity consumption.
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.
While other buildings don’t have rooftop solar systems, all city operations are powered by 100 percent renewable energy through Renewable Connect and Windsource subscription programs from Xcel Energy.
Exit lighting at both fire stations was recently replaced with new, more cost-effective LED light fixtures. Roughly 60 signs were replaced at these two facilities.
Both Xcel Energy and the city are in the process of replacing all city streetlights with LED lights.
Aquatic Park pool efficiency upgrades
New pool filters were installed at The Rec Center’s Aquatic Park which will reduce water use, save energy and reduce costs.
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.
Electric vehicles and chargers
The city currently offers electric vehicle chargers at city hall and The Rec Center. Additional chargers will be added at Westwood Hills Nature Center once the construction of the new interpretive center building is complete.
Through GreenStep Cities, the city is a member of the Cities Charging Ahead electric vehicle cohort to learn from other cities about their electric vehicle programs and share our experiences. As part of this cohort, the city underwent a year-long fleet analysis of city vehicles (funded by Xcel Energy) to identify which vehicles could be replaced with electric vehicles or hybrids. The city currently has two electric vehicles in its fleet.
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.
The City of St. Louis Park is a Step 3 GreenStep City, helping to lead the way in sustainability across Minnesota. Actions that are taken within the voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program focus on energy use reduction, resource conservation, civic innovation and more. Visit our GreenStep City profile to learn more about our efforts.
EPA Green Power Partnership
As a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, St. Louis Park is helping support the development of new renewable energy generation capacity nationwide and also helping protect the environment. The partnership is a free, voluntary program that supports organizations to buy green power.
Cities Charging Ahead
St. Louis Park is part of Cities Charging Ahead, a peer cohort of 27 cities and one sovereign nation led by the Great Plains Institute and Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). The cohort works to explore and implement electric vehicle (EV) readiness, including purchasing EVs and installing EV charging infrastructure. In May 2020, the cohort was given the Environmental Initiative Awards Energy & Climate Project Honorary Mention.
Green Building Policy
St. Louis Park encourages the use of green building practices whenever possible. Compliance with the Green Building Policy is required for all new planned unit developments (PUDs) and for certain construction projects that receive city financial assistance.
For additional information or questions about the Green Building Policy, contact Julie Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.924.2523.
Electric vehicle service equipment ordinance
This ordinance requires owners of new and reconstructed parking lots to add electric vehicle charging stations, with the goal of encouraging the use of electric vehicles and building local electric vehicle infrastructure. The number of parking spaces are determined by the size of the lots and type of use.
Efficient building benchmarking ordinance
To help support the Climate Action Plan of reducing energy consumption in large buildings, the efficient building benchmarking ordinance requires commercial, multifamily and public buildings over 25,000 square feet to report annual energy and water use. Collecting this data will help property owners visualize their energy and water use, identify places for improvements and save money.