2016 Sustainable City Award Winner

City of St. Anthony Village wins Sustainable City Award from the League of Minnesota Cities

(June 15, 2016 – St. Paul, Minn.) The League of Minnesota Cities has presented the 2016 Sustainable City Award to the City of St. Anthony Village for its “Sustainable City Through Collaboration” program. The award was presented earlier today at the League’s Annual Conference in St. Paul.

St. Anthony Village has participated in the GreenStep Cities program since 2011. Through leadership in local and regional collaboration, the city has accomplished an impressive number of sustainable projects and initiatives that incorporate GreenStep best practices. Last year, the city took on the task of organizing refuse and recycling collection, and now stands as a resource for other cities that are pursuing similar options.

As a Step 4 GreenStep Cities community, St. Anthony Village has completed 16 distinct projects and participated in a half dozen events and programs aimed at strengthening collaborative efforts toward resilience and sustainability. Among the 16 projects are a water re-use facility, partnership with faith-based organizations to establish raingardens, in-pavement LED crossings, installment of a park-based biofiltration stormwater treatment system, and many others.

To compete for the Sustainable City Award, cities self-nominated a project, program, or initiative that involved one or more of the 29 best practices and that was administered to achieve one or more of the following: improvement of the quality of a city service, development of an effective or innovative way to solve an old or common problem, modification of a program from another community or organization to fit city needs, discovery of a way to save the city money without compromising service results, and/or creative involvement of city staff or citizens in making a decision.

The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to helping cities throughout Minnesota build quality communities through effective advocacy, expert analysis, trusted guidance, and collective action. The League serves its more than 830 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.