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We are seeking feedback from cities as we explore starting a

MN Resilient CIties Coalition

Elected Leaders, City staff and commission volunteers collaborating to meet their

Community-wide energy, climate and resilience goals.

Please complete our 5 minute Resilient Cities survey

https://goo.gl/forms/s7yT9IDBFHKkfihQ2

to share with us topics areas of interest, resources you would find useful and your level of interest in a MN Resilient Cities Coalition

Overview MN Resilient Cities Coalition Overview

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

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
Peer-learning

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

  • 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.

Supporting our Cities to become Energy Leaders – The Alliance for Sustainability is now developing and supporting volunteer teams in 50 metro communities to support their Environment & Sustainability and Planning Commissions, City staff and City Councils to include energy, resilience, health and economic inclusion goals and strategies in their comprehensive plans by December of 2018.

Sign up here to join a volunteer team in your city and to receive our invitations twice a year to meet with your peers from other cities.

Resilience Planning Resources

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

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Metro Wide Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop

Thursday Nov 9, 2017 Brookdale Library 

New resources available  Nov9HandoutsResilientCitiesMetroWorkshop

ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF ENERGY PLANNING

Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute, Energy Planning Presentation 

LoGoPEP Energy Planning Resources www.regionalindicatorsmn.com/energy-planning

BUILDING ENERGY BENCHMARKING COLLABORATIVE
ST. PAUL’S SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICY AND ORDINANCE

Kurt Schultz, City of St. Paul, PED, 651-266-6590 kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us

St. Paul’s Program was developed in partnership with the MPCA and U of MN csbr SB 2030 Sustainable Building Standard www.csbr.umn.edu/work/sb2030.html  www.b3mn.org/  

PARTNERS IN ENERGY
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OVERVIEW OF THE NEW TWIN CITIES SHARED USE MOBILITY ACTION PLAN

Aaron Westling  Program Associate (312) 448-8083    aaron@sharedusemobilitycenter.org  www.sharedusemobilitycenter.org

PLANNING FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES

Specifically regarding self-driving vehicles, the time is ripe for planners and policymakers to consider the impacts of these technologies on not only the way we think about transportation, but the way we relate to the built environment and organize the way we live: can we eliminate distracted driving, traffic congestion, and expensive parking? Can we make mobility available to all people? Will we be able to maintain an independent lifestyle later into life? Will we feel the need to own our own car? Can we adapt our land use to allow these changes to happen?

  • Planning for Shared Autonomous Vehicles – Fact Sheet and Sample Comp Plan Policies – Tom Fisher, MN Design Center SAVehicle brochure, June 2017
MINNESOTA GO 50-YEAR VISION AND PLAN FOR TRANSPORTATION

http://www.minnesotago.org/final-plans/smtp-final-plan

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CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE – SAMPLE GOALS AND STRATEGIES

Matthew R. Metzger, ENV SP, PE Senior Civil Engineer, Barr Engineering 952.832.2830   mmetzger@barr.com www.barr.com

CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE – NEW PLANNING RESOURCES FROM THE MET COUNCIL

Eric Wojchik, MRTPI Senior Planner, Metropolitan Council, Sector Representative, Resilience Contact 651 – 602.1330 eric.wojchik@metc.state.mn.us

CITY OF BURNSVILLE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE – INTEGRATING RESILIENCE INTO ALL SECTIONS
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Denise Engen, Active Living Hennepin County Presentation HealthInCompPlans2017-11-09

State of California’s guidelines for city’s general (comprehensive) plans. http://www.opr.ca.gov/planning/general-plan/guidelines.html

American Planning Association Resources

Minnesota Department of Health Using Data to Identify Health Inequities: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/healthequity/guide/healthequitydataguideV2.0-final.pdf

ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT –

Rick Roy,  Rick Roy, Director of Workforce System Coordination at DEED, 651.259.7544.  rick.roy@state.mn.us   Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity Is the Superior Growth Model http://www.policylink.org/sites/default/files/MNT_032514.pdf

Governor’s Workforce Development Board  https://mn.gov/deed/gwdb/

Thanks to our Workshop Co-sponsors – Alliance for Sustainability, MN EQB, MPCA, MDH, DNR, Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey & Washington Counties, MN CEE, EOR, GPI, LHB Corp, USGBC, Ever-Green Energy, Xcel Energy, Dakota Electric, Eutectics, LHB Corp., Bolton & Menk, OneMN.org, MN Food Charter, U of MN CURA, MN Design Center, CSBR, Energy Transition Lab, MFAN, iMatter Youth

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January 2018 to June 2018 – Resilient Cities Clusters – we will support 50 metro cities to share their draft comprehensive language in groups of 5 to 8 cities in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties. In 2017 The Alliance for Sustainability will work closely with our county and nonprofit resource partners, watershed districts and utilities to convene interested city staff & commission volunteers in each county to meet together two times in 2017 as they write their resilience sections of their comprehensive plans (including energy, adaptation and health/equity/economic vitality to

  • Share and compare draft plan language, goals and strategies
  • Connect with resources to map existing conditions, energy usage, climate vulnerabilities, health, etc.
  • Learn from cities that have developed energy action plans & implementation strategies through Xcel’s Partners in Energy, LoGoPep the Mayors Compact, MN GreenSteps or to help meet our MN CO2 reduction goals.
  • Develop implementation strategies for their comprehensive plans including identifying new funding sources, quality technical advisors, community and business engagement strategies, benchmarking and tracking results
  • We will then contribute case studies that other cities can benefit from to the local planning handbook http://metrocouncil.org/Handbook/Plan-Elements/Resilience.aspx

Many cities in the metro area have environmental commissions, and over the years, the focus of those commissions have been on stormwater management, improving impaired waters, ordinance writing, and other municipal concerns as they arise.

But lately, there has been a new topic added to the agenda: Resilience. We know climate change is happening, and we know we are seeing more storms, more violent storms, and more flooding. Can we plan to adjust to these new realities? Can we make our communities more “resilient” — more able to prevent damage and more able to recover from bad episodes?

We can! And to that end, the Metropolitan Council has added a chapter on resilience to the 10 comprehensive plan chapters that cities are in the process of writing now.

If you are new to what this means and how cities can reduce their contribution to global warming pollution and to be safe in the face of more weather events, here is a link to Met Council’s site. It is great background information!

June 2017 – Planning for Resilient Cities 

NETWORKING GATHERINGS FOR CITY STAFF, CITY COMMISSION & COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS     
NORTH / EAST METRO WORKSHOPS WITH ANOKA, RAMSEY AND WASHINGTON COUNTY CITIES

Thursday June 1 – Roseville Skating Center –  with staff and/or volunteers participating from Ramsey Co (12) Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Anthony, St. Paul, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, Anoka Co (4) Anoka, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Washington Co (4) Oakdale, Mahtomedi, Marine, Woodbury

WEST METRO WORKSHOPS  WITH HENNEPIN, SCOTT AND CARVER COUNTY CITIES

with staff and/or volunteers participating from Hennepin Co (15) Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Shorewood, St. Louis Park, Victoria, Scott Co (4) Jordan, Prior Lake, Shakopee, Elko New Market, Carver County (4) Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria

  • Community Workshop – Thurs June 8 – 6pm to 8:30pm, Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka
  • City Staff Workshop – Fri June 23 – 10am to 1pm  Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka
  • Resource Guide  & Speaker Contacts  June23HandoutsPlanningForResilientCities
SOUTH METRO WORKSHOP WITH DAKOTA AND RICE COUNTY COMMUNITY CITIES

Tuesday June 27 – Apple Valley Senior Center with staff and/or volunteers participating from from Dakota Co. (10) Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Empire Township, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, Rice Co. (2) Faribault, Northfield, Goodhue Co (1) Redwing

Workshop Presentations and Handouts

Energy Mapping & Planning Brian Ross, Abby Finnis & Diana McKeown, Great Plains Institute

Local Commercial Building Benchmarking Ordinance

Hennepin County Pilot Project for Suburban Communities to adopt Commercial building benchmarking ordinances    Leah Hiniker, Hennepin Co. Energy Management
Katie Schmitt CEE Benchmarking Outreach and Policy Coordinator

Workshop Presentation  Hen Co Benchmarking Community Meeting Presentation 6-8-2017

City of Minneapolis Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency Program
www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/environment/energy        Benchmarking Policy Overview              Ordinance text

CEE Mid-Sized City Building Energy Bench marking workshop
Webinar Resources    Slide Share

Energy Efficiency, Renewables & Electric Vehicles in Dakota County Tim Doherty, Stephanie Pederson , Dakota Electric

High Performance Buildings & Eco Districts John Carmody, U of MN Center for Sustainable Building Research

Future Transportation Trends – Planning for Autonomous Electric Vehicles – Tom Fisher U of MN Design Center.

Climate Adaptation/ Resilience Planning/ Project Examples – Matt Metzger, P.E. Barr Engineering

Climate Adaptation/ Resilient Infrastructure, Project Examples, Brett Emmons, P.E., Emmons Oliver Resources.

Urban Forestry/ Green Infrastructure, Resilience and your Comp Plan – Michael Orange, Orange Environmental

Heath/ Active Living/ Food Access/ Health Equity – Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey County staff, Nadja Berneche, Food Access Policy Guide & Check List

Metro County Solid Waste Master Plan Updates