Supporting Our Cities to Become

Energy Leaders

The Alliance for Sustainability supports elected leaders, city staff, and commission volunteers from 40+ MN Cities who are collaborating to meet their community-wide energy, climate, and resilience.

IN 2019 the Alliance for Sustainability will co-launch the Resilient Cities Coalition (RCC) to support cities, their citizens and institutions to become fully resilient through impactful collaboration, innovative programs, community engagement, and policy advocacy.  We are launching the RCC with leaders from 50 metro cities, building upon our past ten years of successful work with the cities.

Values – the RCC is a non-partisan group that focuses on collaborative, win-win-win solutions to community issues of health, equity, sustainability, and resiliency.

Strategy – We seek to accelerate the shift to resiliency by building upon our collaborative work with 40 metro area cities and aligning local and statewide goals and policies for greater impact. We will support and strengthen these cities to become successful, inspiring models for other cities throughout Minnesota and the United States.

Need – The 2018 UN Climate Report warns that all nations must work more rapidly to cut greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic environmental and humanitarian results. Cities are taking the lead across the world, U.S. and in Minnesota in achieving our state and U.N. climate goals on time.

Here is how you can get involved with the RCC

Resilient Cities Coalition Launch – March 2019

In March of 2019 with 40 cities and multiple collaborating organizations we will

  • re-convene city staff, commission volunteers and elected leaders from 40 cities to
  • share their priorities for implementing the energy and resilience goals they included in their cities’ new 20-year comprehensive plans and
  • launch (or join) multi-city teams to pass local and state policies and do projects with residents, businesses and partners to meet their 2025 and 2050 goals to
  • power our cities with 100% clean electricity produced locally or in MN
  • build or retrofit our new and existing buildings to save money and add comfort,
  • move to equitable low-carbon transportation systems that add choice and convenience, while cleaning our air and improving safety through transit investment, shared-mobility, inclusive transit-oriented development and walk-able communities.


Download the presentations from our

Spring 2018 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30
League of MN Cities
145 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

April 11 Resilient Cities Workshop Handouts


Welcome & context – Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainability

Introductions – how cities are exploring energy/resilience goals in comp plans & action steps

11:30 a.m. Panel Presentations and Q & A

12:35 p.m. Energy and Resilience Planning Resources 

  • Energy Planning Resources – & sample goals (LoGoPep)Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute
  • Partners in Energy (Xcel Energy/CEE)
  • Example climate action plan (St. Louis Park) Large Sites (Ever-Green Energy)
  • Consumer Protection (MN CUB)
  • Comprehensive Plan solar requirement (Met Council) Sample Solar ordinances/ solar-ready communities (GPI),
  • Solar Possible (CERTS) Solar Feasibility Studies (Blue Dot)
    Building Energy Efficiency – Home Energy Squad (CEE)
  • Business Energy Benchmarking (CEE/ Hennepin)
  • Sustainable Building Policy (St. Paul) Stretch Building Codes (Fresh Energy)

Energy Implementation Partners –

  • Roof Top PV Solar & storage – All Energy Solar, Innovative Power Systems, Novel Energy, MREA
  • Reflective Roof Options – Four Season Energy Efficient Roofing
  • Commercial Solar Garden subscription opportunities – Rene Sola

Transportation – Phil Muessig, MN GreenStep best practices, Drive Electric MN/Planning for EVs (GPI)

Adaptation, Water, Resilient Infrastructure – Eric Wojchik, Resilience Coordinator, Met Council,

  • Climate Vulnerability Assessment (Met Council)
  • Climate Adaptation & Community Resilience Plans (GCS Best Practice #29, Laura Millberg, MPCA)
  • Resilient Infrastructure Planning (Janna Kieffer, P.E. Barr)

We Are SeekingYour Feedback as cities prepare to launch a Resilient Cities Coalition to advance their work on energy and resilience

  • How could a Resilient Cities Coalition help you with your work? Share with us topics areas of interest, resources you would find useful, and your level of interest in a MN Resilient Cities Coalition. Take the survey.

1:00 p.m. Small group conversations – Energy, Buildings, Transportation, Resilient Infrastructure 

Cities will share

  • current questions & resources they are seeking for setting goals, projects & local policies
  • current planning and implementation resources for local projects and sample local policies and
  • explore ways that deeper collaboration among cities could advance their energy & resilience work


Please complete our 5 minute Resilient Cities survey


We are seeking feedback from cities as we explore starting a MN Resilient Cities Coalition.

How could a Resilient Cities Coalition help you with your work? Share with us topics areas of interest, resources you would find useful, and your level of interest in a MN Resilient Cities Coalition. Take the survey.

To learn more or get involved please contact: Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainability, 612-250-0389 Sean@afors.org



MN Resilient Cities Coalition Overview

MN Resilient Cities Coalition Overview (PDF)

Public Policy

Cities working together to ensure their interests are heard on state policy opportunities and challenges. Examples:

  • Increasing our MN Renewable energy standard from 25% to 50%
  • Opposing local preemption legislation
  • Please see the League of MN Cities approved state policy positions below
Project Collaboration

Cities collaborating to help high-impact projects to “go to scale” metro-wide. Examples:

  • EV infrastructure planning
  • PV solar for municipal buildings
  • Business Benchmarking

Convening peer-learning gatherings of city leaders on current and future energy/resilience topics. Examples:

  • Sharing resilience/energy draft comp plan strategies – Fri April 6 – 9 a.m.  Webinar at the LMC
  • E.V .infrastructure – planning to invest V.W. settlement funds
  • Long-term funding strategies for roads/ infrastructure


Public Policy Background for cities for 2018

Relevant Dockets at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC):

Integrated Resource Plans:  17-286 Great River Energy’s IRP

Upcoming IRPs:  Xcel Energy’s next IRP due Feb1, 2019 2017

2019 Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) Triennial Plan:  16-115 Xcel Energy CIP Triennial Plan


lmcLeague of MN Cities – 2018 Legislative Policies

The LMC 2018 City Policies publication was created with member input and approved by the LMC Board on Nov. 9, 2017.  www.lmc.org/page/1/legislative-policies.jsp

SD-63. State Support for Municipal Energy Policy Goals  The League of Minnesota Cities calls on our legislators and state executive agencies charged with accomplishing the state’s energy policy goals to assist cities, townships and counties with tailored efforts to identify appropriate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for undertaking at the local level.

Among those tools, the state should:

  • Help ensure that reduced energy use results in reduced energy costs by addressing problems with amortization timing;
  • Have laws that allow and support utility grant and loan programs;  Use proceeds from the Renewable Development Fund to support local government projects;
  • Provide increased flexibility for utilities to work with local government;
  • Support development of a unified electric energy billing and usage structure that is easily imported into a B3 Benchmarking tracking system;
  • Develop a framework that allows Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs;
  • Play an increased role in providing a network of charging stations to support a transition to electric vehicles;
  • Create a grant and loan program to offset start-up capital expenses for projects identified where the savings in energy costs can offset capital project costs or where projects are needed to meet energy policy goals;
  • Clarify state law so that cities may use public utility franchise agreements to advance energy policy goals, and;
  • Recognize that state energy agency technical expertise needs to be made available to cities at no cost.



Resilience Planning Resources

Presentations and Resources from our 2016 and 2017 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshops: