Here’s our Resource Guide, Presentation and Handouts from our June 20, 2019 Resilient Cities Workshop.

THANK YOU for joining us Elected Leaders, City staff, Commission and community volunteers from 35 MN cities!

Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop
Co-Launching our Decade of Action for  Thriving, Low-Carbon, Resilient Cities
Thursday, June 20, 2019, Roseville Skating Oval – 2661 Civic Center Drive Roseville, MN 55113

Resource Guide   June20ProgramResilientCitiesResources_Final

Keynote Presentation


WBL ClimateSmartMunicipalities_NRWinMN2019_FINAL_email

Energy Benchmarking Program Fact Sheet 5-21-2019

HighImpact Policy Options for Low-Carbon Cities1


  • Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Networking Reception 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Food provided by the French Meadow Café
  • Evening Workshop: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Who should attend?  
City Staff, Elected Leaders, Commission and Community Volunteers –

AICP-certified planners may submit for self-reported credits via the APA website.

Workshop goals
  • Keynote Speaker: Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (Chicago). Learn how more than 100 Chicago area cities and communities are meeting their sustainability goals together through the Greenest Region Compact
  • Hear 40 MN cities share priority energy/resilience goals from their draft 2040 Comp Plans.
  • Tell us what new resources would help you the most in your day to day work and find resources.
  • Shape the specific resources the Resilient Cities Coalition and partners will offer cities this fall and explore ways your city might be involved.
  • Understand policy impacts from the 2019 legislative session and plan next steps with LMC for 2020.
  • Share priority areas you city wants to work on and specific resources you are seeking for expanding low-carbon/ resilient buildings, energy efficiency, and smart transportation/land use.
  • Form or join new multi-city teams to accelerate your implementation.
  • Find current and future implementation resources and project support from our partners.

Learn more at www.allianceforsustainability.com/resilientcities

Please RSVP for this free event at https://resilientcitiesdecadeofaction.eventbrite.com

Bring 2 to 4 people from your city to take advantage of the many discussions that will be happening!

June 20, 2019 Resilient Cities Workshop Event Flyer and Agenda 






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 September 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.


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

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.

Questions? please contact: Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainability, 612-250-0389 Sean@afors.org


MN Resilient Cities Coalition Overview

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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: