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Mayor Chris Coleman and the Saint Paul City Council are committed to making Saint Paul “The Most Livable City in America” and a leader in sustainable urban living. The city is taking proactive steps to protect our city’s air, water, and urban landscape by focusing on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) reduction activities in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation, clean energy supply, alternative fuels and transportation options, recycling and waste reduction, urban reforestation and natural resources management, and water resources management. 

The city encourages everyone to contribute to a sustainable urban living environment, and each year the Mayor and Saint Paul City Council recognizes community members and organizations for making a commitment to creating a more sustainable city through the Sustainable Saint Paul Awards

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2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards

Mayor Chris Coleman and the Saint Paul City Council honored the 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Award winners on April 23!

  • Read about the award winners here.
  • Watch a video of the full ceremony here.
  • View the photos here.

(Photo on the right: Hamline Church Tech Dump - Winner of the 2014 Green Practices Award. Photo from left to right: Councilmember Chris Tolbert, Tom McCullough - Executive Director of Tech Dump, Dave Anderson - Hamline Church, Virginia Anderson - Hamline Church and Mayor Chris Coleman.)

What's New?

Go "All In"!

Mayor Chris Coleman, together with the Saint Paul City Council and officials from Ramsey County and Eureka Recycling, recently announced the beginning of an expanded, single-sort recycling program now in effect that will make recycling in Saint Paul more convenient than ever before.

The new program, called “All In,” allows Saint Paul residents to recycle most food and beverage containers numbered 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 in addition to number 1 and 2 plastic bottles already in effect. The new program also switches to a single-sort recycling model, allowing residents to put all their recyclable material – plastics, papers, glass bottles and others – in one container. To learn more, visit  



Sunday, Sept. 7 - 20th Annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour More than 6,000 riders come from miles away to enjoy lovely autumn weather, great food, fabulous entertainment and of course a wonderful ride through beautiful Saint Paul and lovely Lilydale Regional Park. Choose a route from 15 to 45 miles. The Saint Paul Classic benefits the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN),

Sunday, Sept. 14 - CREATE: The Community Meal - 2,000 people will gather at a ½ mile long table in the middle of Saint Paul’s Victoria St. for a civic table conversation about food access, food justice, and healthy eating. Known as “CREATE: The Community Meal,” this event draws its inspiration from Public Art Saint Paul and renowned Twin Cities artist Seitu Jones. The September gathering will feature locally grown produce from urban farms. For additional information, to register or to volunteer for the event, click here.

Saturday, September 20 - 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Citywide Community Cleanup
Do you live in Saint Paul? Are you looking for ways to properly dispose of items such as furniture and construction materials and recycle items like mattresses, appliances, electronics and scrap metal? If so, mark your calendars for upcoming opportunities to properly dispose your unwanted items. Residents may also donate usable household items for reuse. All Saint Paul residents are welcome to participate in the cleanups. Where? MN State Fair Grounds (Northwest corner of fair grounds; enter off Larpenteur Ave. west of Snelling Ave.). For more information, call the Saint Anthony Park Community Council at 651-214-6788.

September 21, 2014 - Noon - 4 p.m. - Open Streets events bring together families, neighbors and friends to mingle, recreate, dine, play and shop in their community in a safe, car-free environment. Participants can explore the street that is open only to foot, bicycle and skate traffic. In addition to bicycling, walking and skating, there are programmed recreational activities for all ages along the street. Watch a quick video of the event from last year, read more here or like it on Facebook.

September 21-23 - Midwest Regional Convening on Climate Change - Local leaders from cities throughout the upper Midwest are converging in Saint Paul September 21-23 for a Regional Convening on Climate Resilience, hosted by the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities. More about the convening.

September 21-24, 2014 – Rail~Volution – Minneapolis-Saint Paul - At Rail~Volution you'll be exposed to the best minds on livability in the country and the world. In this learning lab you’ll hear concrete examples that illustrate the rediscovery of community that is sweeping the country. You’ll have a chance to ask hard questions and explore cutting edge ideas in more than 80 workshops, networking events, toolbox sessions and, of course, our extensive signature mobile workshops. More information here.


October 7 & 8 – Growing Sustainable Communities – Dubuque, Iowa - The 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. The conference will bring together public official trying to develop a green local economy, college or hospital administrator working to reduce your institution's carbon footprint, and business owner just hoping to lower their monthly utility bill. Attendees will leave with ideas and solutions that benefit everyone. Two City of Saint Paul staff will be speaking at the conference about the City’s Sustainability initiatives. Early bird registration goes until August 30. Click here to register or read more about theconference here.


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