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Sustainability Guide Plan

Sustainability Guide Plan

This project was the first of its kind for a twin cities community and has provided an example for other communities to follow. Focusing on its environmental impact, the City of Burnsville is currently implementing strategies for sustainability city-wide. The year-long process included reviewing sustainability issues with input from a broad base of experts and stakeholders that led to the development of 14 priority areas of sustainability best practice.

The Burnsville Sustainability Plan includes practices, implementation strategies, performance indicators, and estimated costs in each of the 14 Best Practice Areas. The Plan's organizational strategy outlines how the City can effectively incorporate the sustainability initiatives into the operations of each City Department.

14 Sustainability Best Practice Areas:
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
  • Product Stewardship
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Building Practices
  • Community Health
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Healthy Urban Forests
  • Sustainability Education
  • Surface and Groundwater Resources
  • Innovative Opportunities

Client Benefits

  • Programs have already provided many cost and energy savings for the City.
  • MN Environmental Initiative finalist for Community Sustainability Award.

Project Awards

  • US Conference of Mayors City Livability Award - finalist
  • Environmental Initiative's Sustainable Communities Award – finalist

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