Detroit Lakes Becomes A Green Step City

Detroit Lakes Becomes A Green Step City Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Detroit Lakes City Leaders have committed to making sure the city follows sustainable energy practices and is an all-around good steward of the natural environment. The City Council Tuesday passed a resolution to designate Detroit Lakes as a GreenStep City.

West Central Climate Action's Polly Andersen and Detroit Lakes Resident Dr. Bill Henke were on hand at Tuesday's meeting to thank the council for taking action. Andersen said the mission of her organization, and now the city's mission, is that they are accountable to both current and future generations of citizens.

Dr. Henke says by signing on as a Green Step City it will offer Detroit Lakes a great opportunity to be innovative and to assess its own sustainability. He says this commitment by the city will allow it to participate in economic drivers down the road and may be a good way to look at it as a quality improvement.

Following the adoption of the GreenStep City resolution, the city council approved the location of two new Electric Vehicle (E-Vehicle) charging stations to be installed thanks to state grant money it received. Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green says Public Utilities Superintendent Vernell Roberts applied for the grant and Detroit Lakes received the funding for the E-V Chargers because it sits in an under served area of the state for electric vehicle infrastructure.

The first two E-Vehicle Chargers will be installed in 2020 in the Downtown Crossing area by the Liquor Store right off Highway 10. The city is looking at up to a total of six E-Vehicle Chargers being installed in the coming years

Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. This free continuous improvement program, managed by a public-private partnership, is based upon a menu of 29 optional best practices. Each best practice can be implemented, as decided by city elected officials, staff and community members, by completing one or more actions at a 1, 2 or 3-star level, from a list of four to eight actions. These voluntary actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation.

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