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Mayor’s memo: Celebrating Earth Day and Sustainability Commission successes

Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on Monday, April 22, but we take environmental issues into account year-round. The Bloomington Sustainability Commission was formed in 2017 to advise the Council, City staff and community. After its first full year, the Sustainability Commission shared a recap of its successes, including:

  • Creating the Energy Action Plan with a goal of reducing carbon emissions from natural gas and electricity by 75 percent by 2035.
  • Successfully launching the Organics Drop-off program.
  • Establishing a plan with a goal of reducing commercial groundwater use by 350 million gallons by 2028.
  • Restoring land in the Minnesota River Valley and making plans to restore an additional 20 acres of ecologically sensitive areas this year.
  • Achieving Step Three recognition in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.

Want to be involved with sustainability? Attend the City’s Earth Day event, “Climate Action: 10 Steps to Leave a Better World for Your Children” on Tuesday, April 30. The Sustainability Commission will give an update on sustainability in Bloomington. Speakers will discuss simple things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, improve your health and save money. 

The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Bloomington and the Sustainability Commission. Networking will start at 6:30 p.m., and presentations follow at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. 

Want to learn more about sustainability? For information or to sign up for E-Subscribe, visit blm.mn/sustain.