2010 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards

Acknowledging groups and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental conservation, Mayor Chris Coleman presented the 2010 Sustainable Saint Paul awards on April 28, 2010.

“These ten recipients represent the best in sustainable initiatives for this past year,” Mayor Coleman said. “Their dedication to making our environment better every day is an attitude I greatly admire. I am happy to be giving these awards to people and efforts that continue to make Saint Paul a national leader on environmental policy.”

The awards pay tribute to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through leadership in their respective categories. By sponsoring these awards, Mayor Coleman encourages all residents, businesses, community groups and non-profits in Saint Paul to implement similar projects. These efforts further enhance the City’s quality of life and make Saint Paul the Most Livable City in America.

2010 Sustainable Saint Paul Award Winners



As advisory committee members worked tirelessly to clean up the Como Woodlands, they recognized the ever-decreasing rate of environmental literacy among Saint Paul schoolchildren, and realized that the addition of an outdoor classroom in Saint Paul could play a significant role in reversing this trend. The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom Advisory Committee works with Saint Paul students to restore parkland and to provide recreational and educational opportunities for local residents.

Clean-up and Beautification Award: Honoring groups or individuals demonstrating commitment to the improvement of the Saint Paul community environment and beautification of our surroundings


Skidmore Garden Group

The Skidmore Park Community Garden Group has reclaimed one of the oldest (and perhaps least known) Saint Paul parks and is in the process of creating a space where community gardeners can plant flowers and vegetables, neighbors can enjoy open space in the shade of old cottonwood trees, and the community can come together to celebrate the neighborhood

  Green Building - Residential Design Award: Honoring the design, development, and construction of new green residential buildings or renovations


Habitat for Humanity

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity recognizes that sustainable communities and sustainable development are intrinsically linked and that true sustainable development incorporates economic, health, social and environmental benefits. To that end, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity seeks to integrate building practices that reduce detrimental impacts on the natural environment, promote healthy indoor air quality for occupants, and reduce energy costs while increasing the long-term affordability of housing.


Green Building- Commercial Design Award: Honoring the design, development, and construction of new green commercial buildings or renovations


On Earth Day in 2009, Securian received the prestigious US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED for Existing Building Certification for its 401 building, the LEED EB certification is the most rigorous and difficult standard of achievement, given only to the world’s greenest, most efficient buildings. The 401 Building incorporates cost-effective, sustainable cleaning and maintenance programs, conservation and recycling efforts, site management, green information technology initiatives, and high efficiency building system upgrades. In addition, Securian has formed a Sustainable Workplace committee to help guide the company’s efforts to maintain a healthy facility, reduce waste and increase energy efficiency.




This reduction of energy use that lead to the building moving from an 81 Energy Star rating to an 84 Energy Star rating. This demonstrates that even though the building was already highly efficient, low to no cost operational and behavior changes could accomplish additional energy efficiency and cost savings.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Award: Honoring programs or projects that contribute to the development of waste prevention, reduction, recycling and related infrastructure


RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center


The RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center benchmarked its waste stream and developed goals to reduce its trash (non-recycled waste) by 50% and increase its annual recycling rate to 50% in two years. To reach these goals, RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center completely redesigned its waste infrastructure including increasing public collection bins, modifying waste transport and restructuring the holding areas in the loading docks beneath the building. In addition to providing better recycling options for cardboard, paper, and cans and bottles, the new design also included collection of organic waste for composting.




Conserving water and reducing chemical pollution in public pools were among the many goals during The City of Saint Paul Public Pool Initiative during the 2009 swimming season at the Highland Park Aquatic Center (HPAC) in Saint Paul. That was accomplished using an all-natural water treatment system comprised of a species of Sphagnum Moss, implemented by the City along with partners such as Creative Water Solutions (CWS) and others, the first use of moss in a public pool anywhere in the worldPublic/Private Initiative Award: This year, the selection committee decided to recognize the amazing collaboration of the public and private sector for spending two years tackling the City’s challenging environmental policy and created a new category of Public/Private Initiative Award.


City of Saint Paul Green Building Policy

This award recognizes the efforts of the City of Saint Paul and a collaboration of public and private interests including local architecture, engineering and construction firms, environmental organizations, commercial, industrial and residential real estate, as well as state and local governmental units that crafted the City of Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy passed by the City Council on December 16, 2009. The policy was enacted to support cost efficient sustainable energy “Green Building” guidelines to be included in projects where City investment are made. The City’s both the collaborative effort and the new Sustainable Building Policy are models for other communities.

Environmental Education and Awareness Award: Honoring programs and concepts which develop skills and attitudes necessary to understand the inter-relatedness among humans, culture and environment

City Academy

City Academy promotes the understanding that green living is not a luxury; it is a necessity for the health of our community. City Academy believes the students of today will be the inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. With this future in sight, City Academy is committed to making students aware of the challenges that they are destined to face, as well as, to providing them with the tools they need to be part of solution to our current climate crisis.City Academy has developed an on-going curriculum program based on the need to develop sustainable communities.