City earns GreenStep honor
LAKE ELMO — The city of Lake Elmo has been recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep city for it’s environmental effort to cut energy and other costs.
The recent honor is an added bonus to work that’s already been done, according to City Planner Nick Johnson.
“I think when we first thought about joining the program, a lot of the best practices they recommended were already being utilized by the city,” he said. “Our particular focus was on storm water management. We have a long history of innovative storm water management plans due to the fact that with our rural, large lot development, we have issues that are a little bit harder for us than other cities. The city is already completing a lot of the practices so we figured why not get the recognition.”
The city was recognized as a GreenStep city and received an award for advancing to become a Step 2 city by completing seven best practices. The award was presented to city officials at a June League of Minnesota Cities conference.
Lake Elmo is one of 56 participating cities in the program helps boost sustainability across the state.
Johnson said the award was good for the city as they move forward with more development.
“It’s very good for the city. We’ll be moving on to step 2 and 3 and some of them will be dependent on staff,” he said. “The GreenStep program will guide us moving forward and we’re happy to be participating in the project. There’s going to be a lot of growth in the east metro and development will be occurring, and being in this program signals to developers that the community has an effective standard that can compete with other areas. Recognition is good for our long-term plan as we move ahead and it also signals a commitment to these improvements as we move ahead and will bring more (environmental) education and attention to our city.”
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