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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  



National Parks and Recreation Month 


Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 - Landmark Tree Nominations Due – St. Paul, MN
The Landmark Tree Program was created to locate, document, and compile a record of notable trees within the City of Saint Paul. Any person, organization, or agency is encouraged to nominate a special tree on public or private property with the City limits. Winning trees will serve as examples of 

Nominations accepted through August 1, 2014

Landmark Tree Information and Nomination

Sunday, Aug. 17 from Noon – 4 p.m. - Urban Oasis Food Fest at 740 Seventh Street East.
In 2013, Urban Oasis was the winning idea in The Saint Paul Foundation's $1 million Forever Saint Paul Challenge. Today, Urban Oasis is an initiative of the Lower Phalen Creek Project, a nonprofit organization on the East Side of Saint Paul. Urban Oasis is kicking off their efforts to create all sorts of ways you can feed your family and support our local food system with its launch event, the Urban Oasis Food Fest, a community food festival. And you're invited! The event will celebrate the growing East Side food scene and say "thank you" for making Urban Oasis a reality. There will be canning demonstrations, menu discussions and taste tests of delicious, locally sourced food from Urban Oasis and East Side vendors. The City of Saint Paul will be supporting the Zero Waste activities at this event, and have a table with information on organics and composting.  The event is free. Register at:

Thursday, Aug. 21 – Monday, September 1st, 2014 Minnesota State Fair – Eco Experience- State Fair Grounds -
The Eco Experience brings together hundreds of local organizations, ideas, and hands-on activities. This exhibit is designed to inspire people to lead more sustainable lives while improving quality of life and the environment. Check here for more information.

Thursday, August 21 - Sunday, October 19 -  "From There to Here" Exhibit at Pioneer Endicott Building, 141 E. 4th Street, St. Paul. This exhibition explores the ways that public transportation intersects with community and connects people to places and the opportunities they offer at the Pioneer Endicott Building.


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),

To be posted - 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 the conference here 

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