In light of recent events at the federal and international level related to climate change, city staff have received many questions from residents regarding St. Louis Park's commitment to planning for climate change. The city is working on a Climate Action Plan that is expected to be complete at the end of 2017, which will provide guidance for the city, residents and businesses on how they can make a difference. The city is also involved in many other efforts, outlined below.
St. Louis Park is committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship. We promote environmental awareness and responsibility in all areas of city business. In order to advance sustainable and environmentally aware programs and to provide direction for residents, business owners and city staff, City Council created the Environment and Sustainability Commission. Currently, the commission and city staff are focusing on:
- Expanding energy efficiency in city operations.
- Educating staff and the public on environmental consciousness, stewardship and best practices.
- Working in areas such as the rehab loan program, development projects and permits to encourage green building design, creation of open spaces and environmental innovations.
- Preserving, enhancing and providing good stewardship of city parks.
Energy Efficiency Resources
- Home Energy Squad (residents only)
- Xcel Energy Windsource Program for residents
- Xcel Energy Windsource Program for businesses
- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) — Commercial financing for energy efficiency and/or renewable projects
Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations and is a top priority for the city. Sustainable practices are being evaluated and implemented whenever possible, and more information will be posted here when available. Sustainability practices will help to restore our ecosystem, support healthy living and reduce the city's impact on the environment.
Energy Action Plan
In 2015–2016, a group of St. Louis Park residents and businesses participated in an energy planning process conducted by Xcel Energy. Through this process, the group developed goals and strategies to increase community efforts around sustainable energy. See St. Louis Park’s Energy Action Plan to learn more.
St. Louis Park created Ready & Resilient, a guide that informs residents about climate changes that may affect the community. It outlines weather changes already observed in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and the Midwest. It also provides tips to help you prepare for climate change and a list of basic items to include in an emergency kit.
Help us make sure we’re ready for extreme weather events by completing the Climate Resilience Survey. We’ll use the results to plan and prepare for helping residents in a time of need.
Green Building Practices and Policy
St. Louis Park encourages the use of green building practices whenever possible. These practices involve many aspects of construction, from building design to reusing materials, to alternative landscaping. For more information about using green building practices on your project, visit the U.S. Green Building Council’s website or contact Julie Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.924.2523.
As part of its continued commitment to the environment, the city has adopted a Green Building Policy. Compliance with this policy is required for all new Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and for the following construction projects that receive city financial assistance:
- Municipal — new buildings, additions greater than 15,000 square feet and renovations over 50,000 square feet.
- All new projects greater than 15,000 square feet, renovations over 50,000 square feet or receiving $200,000 or more in city financing.
For more information about the policy, contact Julie Grove at email@example.com or 952.924.2523.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
St. Louis Park promotes the use of alternative fuel vehicles. It was the first city in the state to own and manage an E-85 pump to fuel its E-85 fleet, which currently consists of 23 vehicles. The city also owns and operates 11 hybrid vehicles and several bio-diesel trucks. In 2016, St. Louis Park purchased its first electric car. An electric charge station is located at City Hall.