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Mayor Chris Coleman and the Saint Paul City Council are committed to making Saint Paul “The Most Livable City in America” and a leader in sustainable urban living. The city is taking proactive steps to protect our city’s air, water, and urban landscape by focusing on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) reduction activities in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation, clean energy supply, alternative fuels and transportation options, recycling and waste reduction, urban reforestation and natural resources management, and water resources management. 

The city encourages everyone to contribute to a sustainable urban living environment, and each year the Mayor and Saint Paul City Council recognizes community members and organizations for making a commitment to creating a more sustainable city through the Sustainable Saint Paul Awards


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Go "All In"!

Mayor Chris Coleman, together with the Saint Paul City Council and officials from Ramsey County and Eureka Recycling, recently announced the beginning of an expanded, single-sort recycling program now in effect that will make recycling in Saint Paul more convenient than ever before.

The new program, called “All In,” allows Saint Paul residents to recycle most food and beverage containers numbered 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 in addition to number 1 and 2 plastic bottles already in effect. The new program also switches to a single-sort recycling model, allowing residents to put all their recyclable material – plastics, papers, glass bottles and others – in one container. To learn more, visit stpaul.gov/recycle  


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2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Award
          

The nomination period for the 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards is now closed. Selected award winners will be honored at a special ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Awards are given to honor outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations that are protecting and restoring the environment in Saint Paul. More information available here. Questions? Email Pa Vang or call (651) 266-8533.

 


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The Draft Saint Paul Bikeways Plan is now available for public comment!


View the draft Bikeways Plan and related materials

The public comment period will be open through April 30, 2014. Please send written comments via Open Saint Paul or by email to Reuben Collins at . Opportunites to attend open houses are available in February.

Events
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March 

Sunday, Mar 2, 2014, 2pm to 3:30pm - StoryWalk Phalen - Phalen Regional Park Picnic Shelter -Participants will enjoy taking a winter walk and reading a children's book, staked page by page, along a short path at Phalen or Como Regional Parks. Warm fire provided. No pre-registration required. Contact: Faith Krogstad, 651-632-2455. Legacy funded. Cosponsored by the Saint Paul Public Library. 

Friday, Mar. 7, 2014  8am-5pm - Solar Powering Minnesota Conference - From Ideas to Action - Univ. of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN - Keynote: The event will be kicked off by Minh Le, the Solar Program Manager with the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Minh Le helps manage and balance the portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment programs for the national SunShot Initiative. He will share is perspective and lessons learned from this national effort. More info click here. There will be 4 distinct breakout tracks: Minnesota Policy and Programs, Minnesota Energy Studies, Project Finance and Solar-Ready Communities. 

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 - 9:00am to 11:30am - Economic Development: Sustainability as an Economic Engine (GreenStep Cities Workshop Series 2013-2014) - League of Minnesota Cities building, 145 University Avenue W. Saint Paul  Minnesota  55103 - Hosted by: Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and The Weidt Group. Topics will include: Community solar, Small business assistance, Minnesota Mainstreet Program and a City panel of case studies. 

Saturday, Mar. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Birding-Let's Go Birding - Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom - Want to learn how to find and identify common winter birds? In addition to bird identification, we will listen to bird calls and learn about their winter life and habitats. Bring binoculars and a field guide or borrow ours. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Fireplace off Como Avenue just west of the Como Pool. Parking is available on the street or in the McMurray Fields lot. Contact: Faith Krogstad, 651-632-2455. Legacy funded. 

Thursday, Mar. 27 – Deadline for Accepting 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards Nominations - Awards are given to honor outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations that are protecting and restoring the environment in Saint Paul. Nominate online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M8WSNML  Questions? Email Pa Vang or call (651) 266-8533.


Saturday, Mar. 29 from 8:30 – 9:30 – Earth Hour –
In an effort to draw attention to global climate change and promote energy conservation, Saint Paul will join cities across the world for Earth Hour 2013. Earth Hour, a global movement that encourages individuals, businesses and governments to take positive steps toward sustainability, will take place between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For the fourth consecutive year, buildings throughout Saint Paul will turn off their lights for that hour, raising awareness about the importance of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Please consider turning off your lights for the hour and sending us a picture to uswww.stpaul.gov/earthhour

Thursday, Mar. 27 - Sustainable Saint Paul Award Nominations Due – Deadline for Accepting 2014 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards Nominations - The city encourages everyone to contribute to a sustainable urban living environment, and each year the Mayor and Saint Paul City Council recognizes community members and organizations for making a commitment to creating a more sustainable city through the Sustainable Saint Paul Awards. Awards are given to honor outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations that are protecting and restoring the environment in Saint Paul. Nominate online here. Questions? Email Pa Vang or call (651) 266-8533.

April 

Thursday, April 17 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – A Raingarden in Your Yard – a free St. Paul workshop at Realife Cooperative of Phalen Village, 1355 Phalen Blvd. in St. Paul - Learn about the nuts and bolts of raingardens and their purposes. Get inspired by the many choices for designs, and if desired, then take it to the next level by participating in the May site assessment and design workshops. This April workshop, taught by Ramsey Conservation District conservation design specialist Joe Lochner, will introduce you to the numerous benefits of raingardens and how you can incorporate them into your own landscape.

Open to the public. Sponsored by Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, District 2 Community Council, Ramsey Conservation District and Blue Thumb. Please register by April 16 for this free workshop by calling 651-792-7965 or by e-mail. For more information about the content of the class, contact Sage Passi at 651-792-7958. 

Saturday, Apr. 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. - Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Annual Parks Cleanup – For nearly 30 years, Saint Paul individuals, families, groups, and communities have volunteered to remove litter from Saint Paul's parks and neighborhoods during the annual Citywide Spring Cleanup. With the help of volunteers, we can remove the trash that accumulates in these natural areas harming wildlife, polluting lakes and rivers and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment in our local community. Over 1,000 volunteers needed. This year, we will host kickoff celebrations at five locations: Como Lakeside Pavilion, Highland Pavilion, Indian Mounds Large Shelter, Phalen Picnic Pavilion, and Harriet Island - Kelley's Landing. More details about the kickoff celebrations to come!

Tuesday, Apr. 22 – Earth Day 
 
Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 3:30 p.m. - Sustainable Saint Paul Awards Recognition at Saint Paul City Council (Council Chambers) – Mayor Chris Coleman and the Saint Paul City Council will present the Sustainable Saint Paul Awards to individuals, businesses, and organizations who are taking proactive steps to protect our City’s air, water and urban landscape and help reverse the negative effects of global warming.
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May

Saturday, May 3 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. – Planting and Pulling at Hidden Falls taking place at Hidden Falls Regional Park, North Gate - Let's kick off spring together! Join us to plant tree and shrub seedlings and pull garlic mustard at Hidden Falls. This is a great event for families, groups, and individuals alike. We will provide all of the necessary tools for the restoration projects. The site will have close access to bathrooms and water. Please be sure to bring your own water bottles and dress for the weather! Register here. 
  
Wednesday, May 7 - National Bike to School Day – St. Paul, MN National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month. Learn more here. 

Thursday, May 8 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. - 20th Annual Great River Gathering - Union Depot, 214 Fourth Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101 – Presented by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, this annual celebration brings together an influential and diverse group of civic leaders and community members, all of whom share a commitment to the renaissance of Saint Paul and the Mississippi River valley. Be a part of this milestone year for the Great River Gathering as well as well as excitement around the opening of the Green Line with this celebration at Union Depot. Find out more here!

Saturday, May 17 | 8:30 a.m. Registration; 9 a.m. Kickoff, 10 - 2 p.m. Celebration - 2014 Arbor Month Celebration and Planting at Phalen Recreation Center - Join the city to plant 50 trees  in the landscape surrounding the recreation center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with light refreshments and music. The kickoff starts at 9 a.m. with remarks and planting instructions from Forestry staff. The celebration will include tree climbing stations, a climbing wall, tree-related activities, information tables, demonstrations, and a visit from Smokey Bear. Please join us! Register here.

Saturday, May 17 from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Children’s EcoArt Festival - Harriet Island Grounds and Pavilion.  Free family event. A celebration of creativity, culture and conservation. Check here for more information!


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