The Ford Site's zoning and public realm concepts embrace sustainability in many ways. Here are some examples:
- A transportation system designed to encourage more walking, biking and transit use.
- A district energy system for the site, based heavily on renewable energy sources. The City of Saint Paul and partners have completed several studies to explore a future energy system for the site, in cooperation with consultants, local partners, utilities and Ford.
- Plentiful bike parking, electric vehicle charging ports, and car share spaces.
- Encouraging roof design that can support solar, green roofs, or at a minimum, that uses light colored roof materials to reduce summer heat absorption, thereby reducing cooling needs.
- “Night Sky”-compliant, LED lighting to reduce light pollution and save energy and money.
- Landscaping to re-vegetate the site with trees, native plants, pollinators, grasses, drought resistant plants to reduce water use, and winter interest plants.
- The site should allow for economic sustainability. Increased density means more opportunities for green and open space and an increased City tax base.
- The City expects and will encourage builders at the site to use the best technologies in building design to increase efficiency, reduce energy demand, and lower utility expenses.