The Brooklyn Park City Council announced today that the city is being recognized for saving approximately $50,000 in annual energy costs. Last night, the city received a Minnesota GreenStep for joining the program as a Step 1 city.
Brooklyn Park has issued loans and rebates to residents for making energy efficient updates and appliance purchases. Also, the city switched all street lights and traffic signals to LED lights, which was completed in 2010 and has saved the city approximately $50,000 in annual energy costs.
“Participating in the program helps the city progress toward achieving several of its Brooklyn Park 2025 goals, including beautiful places as well as healthy and safe people,” said Dan Ruiz Director of Operations and Maintenance. “Brooklyn Park implementing GreenStep’s best practice actions save residents and the city energy, resources and money.”
The Minnesota GreenStep is a public-private partnership led by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and several partner organizations. The program is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities and tribal nations achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals.
This free program has 140 participating cities and tribal nations across the state and is celebrating its eleventh year in operation.
Brooklyn Park is now at Step One in the program. To reach higher steps, the city will need to implement program best practices for sustainability. Recording progress toward improving on existing best practices or adopting new ones will advance the city to the next steps of the program.