- Using B20 (20% biodiesel) fuel in Public Works' diesel vehicles and equipment
- Owning 58 sedans that are E85 compatible and will continue to ask for and purchase "flex-fuel" vehicles when feasible in the Public Works fleet
- Maintaining vehicles, which minimizes emissions and improves fuel economy
- Adopting a “No Vehicle Idling” policy in Public Works, reducing tailpipe emissions and saving fuel
- Using hydraulic tools instead of gasoline-powered tools whenever possible in Public Works
- Purchasing and installing diesel retrofit equipment though the Green Fleet Project to reduce pollution inside the school buses to outdoor levels, dramatically reducing childrens’ exposure to pollutants
- Joined theICLEI, an international network of 14 cities with a worldwide focus on environmental / economic transition under the Urban CO2 Reduction Project in 1992. This project is the first global effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
- Co-founded the ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection Campaign with Minneapolis, which enlists other cities to adopt policies and important measures to achieve quantifiable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
- Adopted the CO2 Reduction Plan in 1993, which was developed by a task force made up of individuals from several departments.