Minnesota GreenStep Cities

GreenStep Cities

The city of New Hope has made made various efforts to be sustainable and environmentally-friendly in the past and the utilizes the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program to help guide future initiatives and goals by providing clear and comprehensive framework. The Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals.

Program Overview

  • Implements sustainability via 29 proven best practices and 175 best practice actions.
  • Features an encyclopedic collection of best practices, links to state-of-the-art articles and free expert consultants, and constantly updated progress reports from participating cities.
  • Reduces costs through building efficiency, improves overall quality of life, and provides extensive framework for “going green” and being recognized for it.
  • With 83 completed best practice actions, New Hope ranks 4th of 123 participating cities in total number completed.

Steps 1 & 2

  • Reached Step 1 in 2015 after adopting a participation resolution.
  • Reached Step 2 in 2015 by completing 8+ best practices. Notable best practice actions completed include:
    • Complete Streets Policy.
    • Energy Improvement Project through McKinstry, which included lighting auto shut-off controls, vending machine controls, and water conservation efforts at city facilities as well as a new efficient refrigeration system, new dehumidification system, and new roof on the north rink at the New Hope Ice Arena.
    • 160,000-gallon underground water storage tank at Northwood Lake used to irrigate athletic fields.
    • Programs offered through Center for Energy and Environment, including Home Energy Squad visits, financing and rehabilitation services, and one-stop efficiency shop lighting retrofits.
    • Bicycle parking requirements within commercial districts.
    • Safe Routes to School grant and improvements.
    • LED lighting replacements for traffic signals, streetlights, and lighting at city facilities.

Step 3

  • Reached Step in 2016 by completing 16+ best practices, including some specific best practice actions.
  • Of the 119 cities that participate, 42 have reached “Step 3” or higher.
  • Best practice actions completed in 2015-2016 that led to Step 3 recognition include:
    • Entering baseline information into the Minnesota B3 database and routinely entering monthly energy use data from city-owned buildings.
    • Adopting an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy, which requires that the city use recycled paper, purchase Energy Star certified equipment and appliances, purchase WaterSense certified fixtures, and use environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
    • Organizing goals/outcome measures from all city plans and reporting to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.
    • Implementing a Computer Power Management System that saves energy by utilizing power-management settings.

League of Minnesota Cities 2017 Sustainable City Award

  • The city was presented the 2017 LMC Sustainable City Award for the Northwood Park stormwater improvement project. The award is given each year to a single city that has implemented a project, program, or initiative that is helping the city achieve its sustainability goals through implementation of one or more best practices.