Last year, the Sustainability Commission and City staff made notable accomplishments through programs, initiatives and events focusing on the City Council’s strategic priority of promoting environmental sustainability. These activities not only support best practices within City operations, but also encourage efforts that residents and businesses can take to create a more sustainable Bloomington.
Achievements within the City included:
The move up to Step 4 status in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. To earn the designation, the City began tracking specific metrics to help measure improvements to the City’s sustainable operations now and in the future.
Sustainable upgrades to City buildings and equipment that included additional LED lighting, improvements to building heating systems, and more efficient operation of the city’s water pumps.
The collection of organics in some City buildings to reduce the amount of material treated as garbage.
Successes within the community and businesses were gained through:
An Organics 101 virtual webinar to share information with residents about the organics recycling drop-off program.
A zero-waste workshop to promote more sustainable, everyday practices.
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day which featured speakers and an opportunity for residents to make a commitment to sustainability.
A Commercial Irrigation Conservation Program to promote water conservation in partnership with local businesses.
A renewed commitment to participation in the Xcel Energy Partners in Energy offering to promote energy efficiency activities within the Bloomington community.
The development of an environmental justice working group to better understand the intersections between racial equity and sustainability.
The work of two Minnesota GreenCorps members on projects as diverse as chloride reduction and alternative transportation. The program is coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to preserve and protect the environment while training the next generation of environmental professionals.
For more information on these and other sustainability initiatives, visit blm.mn/sustainability or call 952-563-4862.