(June 27, 2019–St. Paul, MN) The League of Minnesota Cities presented the City of Shoreview with the 2019 Sustainable City Award today at the League’s Annual Conference in Duluth. The city was honored for its “Water Consumption and Groundwater Awareness Project.”
The Sustainable City Award is presented annually to recognize sustainability efforts by a city among those participating in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program–a free, voluntary program designed to help cities meet environmental sustainability goals through the implementation of 29 best practice actions. The League partners with eight other organizations, including nonprofits and state agencies, to administer the GreenStep Cities program.
Shoreview’s “Water Consumption and Groundwater Awareness Project” came about as a result of a concern about the availability of groundwater in Minnesota. To address that concern, the city decided to test a hypothesis that creating a community conservation ethic leads to reduced water use by partnering with a software company—WaterSmart Services—to gather consumption data in the community. Through the data, Shoreview residents have more frequent exposure to their water use and can see how their use compares to similar households.
The project incorporates several GreenStep Cities best practices, including development of an efficient water system, sustainable water consumption, and adapting to changes in climate/community resilience. In 2018, the Sustainable City Award was presented to the City of St. Cloud for its “Renewable Energy and Efficiency Initiative.”
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.