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Spring 2018 Planning for Resilient Cities

  • Workshop 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, (with lunch) or
  • Webinar Noon to 1:00 p.m. (using Skype)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 at the

League of MN Cities 145 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

Learn from and explore with metro City and County planning staff who will share:

  • Energy, resilience and equity-related goals and strategies from their draft 2040 Comprehensive Plans.
  • Implementation strategies and partnerships to expand building efficiency, use of solar and wind, job access, EV readiness and infrastructure resilience.
  • How cities are working together to launch a MN Resilient Cities Coalition to advance their work.
  • FREE WORKSHOP – please RSVP to participate in person or on-line. THANKS!

Workshop Flyer and Agenda  MNResilientCitiesCoalitionSpringEvents

We are seeking feedback from cities as we explore starting a

MN Resilient CIties Coalition


Community-wide energy, climate and resilience goals.

Please complete our 5 minute Resilient Cities survey

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


Below are our Workshop Presentations and Resource Handouts from our Metro Wide

Fall 2017 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop 

Thursday Nov 9 at the Brookdale Library, Staff Workshop (1:00 p.m) Commissions Workshop (6:00 p.m.) Event Overview     

  • with city staff, commission and community volunteers and elected leaders from 30 metro cities
  • working together to include resilience goals (energy/mitigation, water/adaptation and health/economic inclusion goals in their Cities’ Updated Comprehensive Plans.

Thanks you to our generous workshop sponsors! – MPCA/MN EQB , Center for Energy and EnvironmentBarr EngineeringEmmons & Olivier ResourcesEver-Green EnergyNovel Energy Solutions and Bolton & Menk

City Updates – City staff, commission or citizen volunteers gave short updates on their city’s comprehensive planning process and themes their cities are exploring at our NE Metro (Sept 19) West Metro (Oct 5) East Metro (Oct 24) or Metro Wide (Nov 9, 2017) Metro Workshops –  Nov 9 City Updates Metro Wide Resilient Cities

  • Anoka Co (4) – Blaine, Fridley, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights
  • Carver Co (1) county staff)
  • Dakota Co (3) – Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount
  • Hennepin Co (10) – Minneapolis, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Osseo, St. Louis Park
  • Ramsey Co (6) – 1 county staff and St. Paul, Falcon Heights, Maplewood, New Brighton, Roseville, White Bear Lake
  • Scott Co (1) – Shakopee
  • Washington Co. (5) – 2 county staff and Grant, Lake Elmo, Stillwater, Woodbury

Expert Presentations on New Resilience Planning Resources  Topic experts shared sample comprehensive plan goals, strategies & implementation resources

Economic Benefits of Energy Planning

Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute, Energy Planning Presentation 

LoGoPEP Energy Planning Resources

Building Energy Benchmarking Collaborative
St. Paul’s Sustainable Building POLICY and ORDINANCE

Kurt Schultz, City of St. Paul, PED, 651-266-6590

St. Paul’s Program was developed in partnership with the MPCA and U of MN csbr SB 2030 Sustainable Building Standard  

Partners in Energy

Aaron Westling  Program Associate (312) 448-8083


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


Matthew R. Metzger, ENV SP, PE Senior Civil Engineer, Barr Engineering 952.832.2830


Eric Wojchik, MRTPI Senior Planner, Metropolitan Council, Sector Representative, Resilience Contact 651 – 602.1330

Healthy Communities

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

State of California’s guidelines for city’s general (comprehensive) plans.

American Planning Association Resources

Minnesota Department of Health Using Data to Identify Health Inequities:

Economic Competitiveness and Workforce Development

Rick Roy,  Rick Roy, Director of Workforce System Coordination at DEED, 651.259.7544.   Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity Is the Superior Growth Model

Governor’s Workforce Development Board


Local Planning Handbook – Purpose for including Economic Inclusion as part of resilience    Economy and Society 


  1. In 2040, Minneapolis will have significantly reduced economic, housing, safety, and health disparities among people of color and indigenous peoples compared with white people.
  2. In 2040, Minneapolis will have more residents and jobs, and all people will equitably benne­t from that growth.
  3. In 2040, all Minneapolis residents will be able to afford and access quality housing throughout the city.
  4. In 2040, all Minneapolis residents will have the training and skills necessary to participate in the economy and will have access to a living-wage job.
  5. In 2040, the people of Minneapolis will be socially connected, healthy, and safe
Small Group Discussions – 

on Energy/Buildings, Transportation/Land Use, Adaptation/Water Resources, Health/Economic Inclusion – city staff explored how to use these resources with their peers from other cities & counties and with resource staff.

  • New tools for mapping current conditions
  • Sample comp plan goals and strategies
  • Implementation resources and funding


REsilient Cities Community Workshops –

 citizen and commission volunteers, youth, faith community volunteers –  Learned with their peers how to support their city to include resilience (energy/mitigation, water/adaptation, health/economic inclusion) goals and strategies in their city’s new 20 year Comprehensive Plans

  • NE Metro – Thursday Sept 19 10am to Noon, St. Anthony Village City Hall – with Commission and Community volunteers from St. Anthony, Fridley, Columbia Heights, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Maplewood
  • SW Metro – Thursday Oct 5, 2017 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Edina City Hall – with Commission volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Maplewood, Brooklyn Park, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Richfield
  • East Metro – Tues Oct 24 6:00 p.m. Stillwater Library – with Commission volunteers from Oakdale, Oak Park Heights, Woodbury, Stillwater, Maplewood
  • NW Metro – Thurs Nov 9, 6:00 p.m. Brookdale Library – with Commission and community volunteers from Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Mahtomedi, Grant

Presentation and Resource Handouts

Best Practices for Starting a City Sustainability Commission

Oct52017WestMetroCommissions   sept19SAV


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.

June 2017 Planning for Resilient Cities workshops

  • Thank you to everyone who joined us for our four Planning for Resilient Cities Workshops in June including 285 staff, elected leaders, commission and community volunteers from 46 cities and 8 counties!
  • The workshop presentations and handouts are posted below for you to enjoy and share.


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 WorkshopThurs June 86pm to 8:30pm, Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka
  • City Staff WorkshopFri June 2310am 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        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

Small Group Discussion (Energy, Adaptation, Health) – explore how you can use these resources in your city with peers from other cities & resource staff (90 min)

Local, clean ENERGY & transportation Water Quality/


Active Living, Food Access, HEALTH
Mapping – solar maps, residential and commercial energy use profiles

Setting Goals – LOGOPEP Energy Planning Templates

Implementation & funding – CERTS, Utility Programs, Sol Smart, SB 2030, energy efficiency, Drive Electric MN,

Mapping – flood & climate risk planning and preparedness

Setting Goals  – BWSR and Watershed District Requirements

Implementation & funding – multi jurisdictional projects, MIDS CIP budgets, Legacy projects

Mapping  – health & income disparities, bike & trail connections

Setting Goals – Healthy Comp Plan Check List, examples from cities

Implementation & funding – Bike/Ped Funding, Safe Routes, Food Access, city examples

TOPIC RESOURCE PARTNERS and Workshop Co-sponsors
Sharing new Planning/Mapping Tools, Example Comprehensive Plan Language, Implementation Resources

LOCAL CLEAN ENERGY – Community Profiles, Solar Maps, LOGOPEP Case studies, Planning Templates & Wedge Tool

  • Great Plains Institute, U of MN Design Center, Center for Sustainable Building Research, Energy Transition Lab, LHB, Center for Energy Environment, USGBC/ LEED for Cities, Xcel Energy – Partners in Energy, Dakota Electric, Connexus, FSEER, Novel Energy Solutions
  • Download our new checklist of sample Energy and Climate Action for City Comprehensive Plans compiled by Ted Redmond, Pale Blue Dot and the Alliance for Sustainability Emission Reduction Example Measures 060817

ADAPTATION/ Water Quality – Climate vulnerability mapping, Surface Water Plans, Emergency Preparedness, multi jurisdictional projects

  • Barr Engineering, Emmons Olivier Resources, MPCA, Bolton & Menk, Ramsey Washington, Rice Creek, Nine Mile, Riley Purgatory, Minnehaha Watershed Districts

HEALTH/ Active Living, Food Access, Economic Inclusion – Bike & pedestrian & food access maps, health & equity data & strategies

  • Public Health staff, MN Food Charter – Food Access Planning Guide, GARE, One MN, Concordia, CURA

Thanks to our Workshop Co-sponsors – Alliance for Sustainability, MN EQB, MPCA, MDH, DNR, Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey & Washington Counties, Center for Energy and Environment, EOR Inc., GPI, LHB Corp, USGBC, Ever-Green Energy, Xcel Energy, Dakota Electric, Eutectics, LHB Corp., Bolton & Menk, Fresh Water Society, Rice Creek and Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed Districts,, MN Food Charter, U of MN CURA, MN Design Center, CSBR, Energy Transition Lab, MFAN, iMatter Youth


  • Volunteer sign up form to join our volunteer team in your city supporting your city to include energy, resilience and sustainability themes in your city’s comprehensive plan update in 2017.
  • We are also working with teams of high school students with I Matter Youth to build support within metro cities to adopt community wide energy goals and action plans

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Down load the presentations from our 

Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop with the MN EQB, Mon Oct 24, 2016 at the  Wilder Foundation  

Your City is invited to join a Resilient Cities Cluster

To learn more and sign up to participate – Please RSVP on line

contact Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainability, 612-250-0389

January 2017 to September 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

In July 2016 the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board released the updated MN Climate Action Plan –  Climate solution and Economic Opportunities – to get our state back on track to achieve our goals to reduce CO2 economy wide 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. The EQB is co-hosting our October 24 workshop to give cities practical strategies they can include in their Comprehensive Plans to do their part to help Minnesota continue being a leader in achieving the ambitious CO2 reduction goals adopted by the State of MN and through the U.N. Paris Climate Accord in December 2015.

The powerpoint presentations from our Spring 2017 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshops are available below.

Participating Cities – 2016 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshops

This spring 350 city staff, elected leaders, commission and community volunteers from 73 cities and townships joined us to find practical resources to include energy, resilience, active living, healthy food access and equity in their comprehensive plans.

2016 Anoka County Workshop – Tues January 26, Coon Rapids Civic Center    (14 cities)  from Anoka, Andover Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Linwood, Lexington, Osseo, Now Then, St. Francis, Anoka County, Brooklyn Park, St. Louis Park


2016 Dakota County Workshop – Thurs June 2, Apple Valley Senior Center  (12 cities) Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Hastings, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Savage, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul and Faribault.


2016 Hennepin County Workshop – Wed March 23, Minnetonka Community Center (19 cities)  Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, Crystal, Dayton, Edina, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Hopkins, Medicine Lake, Minnetonka, Osseo, Richfield , Robbinsdale, Shorewood, St. Louis Park, Wayzata


2016 Ramsey County Workshop – Mon March 28,   Ramsey Co Public Works, Arden Hills  (14 cities)  Arden Hills, Rice Creek Commons, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Ramsey County, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Paul, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township


2016 Washington County Workshop – Tues March 29   Stillwater Library 224 3rd St N. Stillwater (14 cities and townships) including staff and/or volunteers from Afton, Bayport, Bay Township, Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Marine, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Scandia, Washington County Public Health, Stillwater, Stillwater Twp, Woodbury Comp Plan Task Force