Saint Paul on the Forefront of Green Practices
The City of St.
Working backwards, there was the article I wrote about a Macalester College student who was recently recognized as an environmental leader; a great story about youths in Dayton’s Bluff being honored for their anti-littering work; and a recycling collection program at the Como Park Zoo. Additionally, the City of St. Paul works hard to preserve its urban canopy and has committed a large percentage of its lands for green spaces. Finally, more activities occurring in
Phew, that’s a lot! It should come as no surpise, then that the rest of this post will discuss two new green living practices in which the City of
Two of the cars it offers through its car-sharing program are hybrid Toyota Priuses, which must be plugged-in to standard 120-volt electric outlets when the cars are parked. Now, the electricity the cars receive from those plugs will be generated by 2-kilowatt grid-connected solar systems. The recharging stations provide electricity to HOURCAR hubs located at
The solar systems were made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security, a division of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. HOURCAR operates 16 low-emissions vehicles in hubs throughout
Okay, secondly, the St. Paul Police Station has become the first LEED Certified public building in the
The new building boasts 48% more energy efficiency than traditional commercial architecture. Over a dozen energy efficient measures are employed in the facility including:
- High Efficiency Lighting
- Occupancy Sensors
- High Efficiency Heating and Cooling
- Storm water management: 100% of storm water contained onsite.
- Water efficient landscaping and shade trees
- 13% of products used in this building were recycled
LEED is a third-party certification program that gives building operators the tools they need to have an immediate impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.