Sustainable Saint Paul
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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|Now Accepting 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Award Nominations!
Nominations for the 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards are now being accepted. Awards are given to honor outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations that are protecting and restoring the environment in Saint Paul.
Award categories include Energy Efficiency or Conservation, Water Quality or Conservation, Transportation Options, Clean-up or Beautification, Residential Green Building Design, Commercial Green Building Design, Waste Reduction, Composting or Recycling, Environmental Education or Awareness, Natural Resources Conservation, Youth Leadership Award-18 years and under, Green Products, Green Practices, Sustainable City Staff, and Exceptional Environmental Steward. See the award category details here.
Click here to nominate online!
Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, March 27, 2014. The award ceremony will take place in late-April.
Questions? Email Pa Vang or call (651) 266-8533.
Earth Hour – Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 lights will be switched off in Saint Paul and around the globe for Earth Hour. We encourage Saint Paul residents, business owners, building managers, religious and educational institutions to join the effort by turning off all non-essential lights and signs on March 29th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Let us know about your participation; email your stories and photos to Saint Paul Earth Hour.
Read the February 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Briefings
The Draft Saint Paul Bikeways Plan is now available for public comment!
View the draft Bikeways Plan and related materials
The public comment period will be open through April 30, 2014. Please send written comments via Open Saint Paul or by email to Reuben Collins at . Opportunites to attend open houses are available in February.
Monday, February 3 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. - Blooming Saint Paul
Awards at O'Shaughnessy
Education Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas – Saint
Paul Parks & Recreation Department and Saint Paul Garden Club recognized
gardens and plantings in downtown Saint Paul and surrounding neighborhoods that
enhance the working, living and tourism of the City. RSVP to Mark Granlund at or call
651-632-2454. More information here.
Sunday, February 9
from 2 – 3:30 p.m. – StoryWalk Como at Como Regional Park (fire rings on north
side of Horton Avenue) - Participants will enjoy taking a winter walk and reading
a children's book, staked page by page, along a short path at Phalen or Como
Regional Parks. Warm fire provided. No pre-registration required. Contact:
Faith Krogstad, 651-632-2455. Legacy funded. Co-sponsored by the Saint Paul
Thursday, February 13 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. - Our Water in a Changing World:
Climate Change and the Urban Watershed - Please join Friends of the Mississippi River as Patrick Hamilton, Director of the Global Change Initiatives program at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Sarah Hobbie, Prof. of Ecology, Evolution and Biology at the University of Minnesota discuss the intersection of climate change and local water quality issues. Spanning topics from changes in growing seasons and urban heat islands, to new stormwater management issues and tree species suitable for the future, Mr. Hamilton and Prof. Hobbie will present a breadth of information. This event is free, including entrance to the Science Museum and parking in the museum's lower ramp. More information here.
Thursday, February 27
from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Roseville Public Library – Informational session for
the Community POWER Grant. The Community POWER team is holding an information
meeting for prospective applicants for the Community POWER Grant. Interested
applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Non-profit organizations and
schools are eligible to apply for this grant. The grant deadline is March 24,
2014. Questions? Contact Kira Berglund or (651) 222-7227.
Thursday, March 27 – Deadline for Accepting 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards Nominations - Awards are given to honor outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations that are protecting and restoring the environment in Saint Paul. Nominate online here. Questions? Email Pa Vang or call (651) 266-8533.
Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 – 9:30 – Earth Hour –In an effort to draw attention to global climate change and promote energy conservation, Saint Paul will join cities across the world for Earth Hour 2013. Earth Hour, a global movement that encourages individuals, businesses and governments to take positive steps toward sustainability, will take place between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For the fourth consecutive year, buildings throughout Saint Paul will turn off their lights for that hour, raising awareness about the importance of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Please consider turning off your lights for the hour and sending us a picture to us.
Saturday, April 12 - City of Saint Paul 2014 Spring Cleanup - It may be hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner! Save the date for the 2014 Citywide Spring Cleanup taking place on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Join us for food and fun at one of our five kickoff locations, and join your community to help keep Saint Paul clean and beautiful. With the help of volunteers, we can remove the trash that accumulates in these natural areas harming wildlife, polluting lakes and rivers, and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment and meet others in our local community. There will be kickoff celebrations at Harriet Island—Kelley’s Landing Pavilion, Indian Mounds Shelter, Highland Park Pavilion, Como Lakeside Pavilion, and Phalen Picnic Pavilion. Sign up today!
Tuesday, April 22 – Earth Day
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