This year, Saint Paul took big strides in sustainability. These exciting efforts in conservation and energy efficiency can be found in the 2010 Sustainable Saint Paul report. From new green policies to renovations in City recreation centers that will save the City $120,000 annually, the report reflects Saint Paul’s commitment to sustainability.
Anne Hunt, the City's Environmental Policy Director, presented the report to the City Council Wednesday. Anne has worked tirelessly on green initiatives for the City, and I want to thank her as well as organizations like Xcel Energy, District Energy and the watershed district. Because of their efforts, we are able to save taxpayers money and Saint Paul is now a model for urban sustainability.
While the report is available on our Sustainable Saint Paul website, I would like to highlight a few of the amazing initiatives that have been implemented this past year:
- Securing $2.7 million in federal stimulus funds through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants and an additional $2.53 million for solar installations from U.S. Department of Energy;
- Recycling and reusing over 21,000 tons of materials through residential recycling programs and neighborhood clean up events;
- Adopting a new green building policy for all municipal buildings and all new private construction receiving over $200,000 in City or HRA funding;
- Restoring acres of shoreline and green space at City parks and installing peat (sphagnum moss) filters at Highland and Oxford pools and Great River Water Park to minimize the use of chorine;
- Working with community partners to receive over $9 million in grant funding to promote green jobs and economic development initiatives;
- Receiving grant funding and developing strategies to promote alternative transportation options such as light rail, electric vehicles, and biking and walking;
- Developing innovative ways to manage storm water, including installation of a green roof at the new Fire Department Headquarters, a rain garden near Como Lake, and development of a storm water tree planter trench system along the new light rail corridor.