International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

In 1992, the Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis joined the ICLEI, an international network of 14 cities with a worldwide focus on environmental / economic transition under the Urban CO2 Reduction Project. This project is the first global effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Saint Paul and Minneapolis co-founded the ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, which enlists other cities to adopt policies and important measures to achieve quantifiable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In 1993, the City Council adopted the CO2 Reduction Plan, which was developed by a task force made up of individuals from several departments.


The Plan’s purpose is to:

  • Improve Saint Paul’s environmental and economic health
  • Reduce energy consumption at 200 City work sites by installing energy-efficient equipment purchased with interest-free loans issued by Xcel Energy
  • Encourage:
    • Recycling and waste reduction
    • Equipment / lighting conversions
    • Water treatment efficiency
    • Sustainable storm water and wetlands management
    • Forward-looking land-use planning and neighborhood development
    • Energy-efficient heating / cooling
    • Environmentally-friendly transportation options