Clean Air


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports that:

  • CO2 emissions are increasing in Minnesota by an average of two percent per year
  • Increased use of electricity in homes, business, and industry is partially responsible
  • Increased use of electricity causes increasing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
  • The five most polluting coal plants in Minnesota emit more than 33 million tons of CO2 each year
  • Automobiles are also responsible for global warming by creating 20 pounds of CO2 for every gallon of gasoline burned

What is Saint Paul Doing?

  • 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.

What Can I Do?