Sustainable Maplewood

Our world is facing many complex environmental challenges, and possible solutions will require the creativity and energy of forward-thinking people and communities. The City of Maplewood is in a unique position to implement and influence solutions to these environmental challenges and should lead by example.
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The Maplewood Sustainability webpage is an opportunity for the city to engage Maplewood residents and businesses in developing these same attitudes and actions that will strengthen our natural and built environment.

Announcements
2013 National Sustainability Practices Award
The American Public Works Association has selected the City of Maplewood for a prestigious and highly visible award that reinforces that Maplewood is leading the sustainability effort in the nation. Only one organization in the entire nation is chosen annually. The award was presented to the city at the American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress and Expo in Chicago on August 26, 2013. Download the Sustainability Practices submittal (PDF) for more information.

Whether it is the adjustments we have made in daily operations (snow and ice program, purchasing policies, etc), pushing forward with alternative energy projects (solar arrays), implementing design and construction changes (Living Streets), educating through programs (Nature Center), or larger city-wide efforts (park and preserve purchase, trash hauling, etc), each contributes to a sustainable organizational culture that has now been recognized nationally. Congratulations Maplewood!

Regional Indicators
The City of Maplewood is participating in the Regional Indicators Initiative project. The project measures annual performance metrics for 20 Minnesota cities that are committed to increasing their overall efficiency and level of sustainability. The project addresses 2 crucial components of planning for sustainability-carbon baseline assessments and annual indicators. There were 4 primary indicators collected through the activities generated by the people who live, work, learn, travel, visit, and recreate within each city’s geographical boundaries including:
  • Energy: Total energy consumed for electricity production and the stationary combustion of natural gas and other fuels (coal, fuel oil, diesel, gasoline, propane) primarily for space heating. Water: Potable water consumed.
  • Waste: Municipal solid waste managed via recycling, composting, combustion, and landfilling.
  • Travel: On-road vehicle miles traveled. The project is supported by the Urban Land Institute whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities.
Visit the Regional Indicators website for more information.

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