Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. Voluntary actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation.
Roseville was awarded the achievement of Step 5 in June of 2021, and maintained Step 5 in June 2022. This recognition reflects a high level of reported and rated city actions and Roseville must improve on at least 3 core metrics annually to maintain Step 5. Roseville has completed a total of 62 actions in five categories: Buildings and Lighting, Land Use, Transportation, Environmental Management, and Resilient Economic and Community Development. Further details about Roseville’s progress can be found here.
The City continues to monitor and show improvements in various sustainability metrics such as Tree Canopy, LED Street lighting, Vehicle Miles Traveled, Stormwater, Renewable Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Wastewater, and more. In 2022, Roseville showed improvement on 9 key sustainability best practices (from reporting year 2020 to 2021):
- Reduced natural gas consumption in City buildings by 1,509.96 therms per year, a decrease of 2.1%.
- Average MPG for City gasoline fleet vehicles improved by 0.1 mpg.
- Number of public EV charging stations increased by 1, from 8 to 9.
- Vehicle Miles Traveled per resident decreased by 8.23 miles.
- Municipal Stormwater Management Assessment score increased by 6%, from 64 to 70.
- Residential solid waste generated per city resident per day decreased from 2,332 pounds to 2,116 pounds, a decrease of 9.3%.
- Percent of residential solid waste recycled increased from 35.5% to 46.2%, an increase of 10.9 percentage points.
- Number of public and private renewable energy sites increased by 23, from 95 to 118.
- Generation capacity of public and private renewable energy sites increased by 242 kW, from 973 kW to 1,215 kW.