Mayor Chris Coleman honored 10 businesses, individuals and organizations that
have demonstrated environmental leadership during
the 2012 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards today.
10 recipients represent the best in sustainable initiatives for the past year,”
Mayor Coleman said. “I admire their dedication to making our environment better
every day. I am proud to be giving these awards to people and organizations
whose efforts continue to make Saint Paul a national environmental
Sustainable Saint Paul Awards pay tribute to individuals and organizations that
have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through leadership
in their respective categories. By sponsoring these awards, Mayor Coleman
encourages all residents, businesses, community groups and nonprofits in Saint
Paul to implement similar projects. These efforts further enhance the city’s
quality of life and make Saint Paul the Most Livable City in America.
are the 2012 Sustainable Saint Paul Award winners:
Clean-up and Beautification Award – Honoring groups or individuals
demonstrating commitment to the improvement of the Saint Paul community,
environment and beautification of our surroundings
demonstrated great concern for the water quality of our lakes and rivers in
Saint Paul and beyond. He shares his time and energy serving on his church’s
Caring for Creation Team. Roger also leads the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed
District’s Stewards of the Phalen Chain of Lakes clean up teams.
as volunteered countless hours of knee and back-bending to pick up over 60,000
cigarette butts from around Lake Phalen in 2011 alone.
Exceptional Environmental Steward Award – honors the extraordinary
efforts of an individual who has helped lead Saint Paul’s efforts to protect and
enhance our air, water and natural landscape.
as Director of the City of Saint Paul’s Park and Recreation Department, Bob
Piram started a second “volunteer” career. For the last 13 years, he has served
as manager and president of the Capitol Region Watershed District.
Piram was President of the Board during the completion of all four Lake
Management Plans for the Watershed District, Como (2001), McCarrons (2002), Loeb
(2009) and Crosby (2011). These management plans lay out the specific details to
protect and improve the water resources within the Watershed District.
Piram’s leadership, the Watershed District is a leader in urban water quality
and watershed management. The City of Saint Paul and CRWD have partnered on new
and innovative methods to treat urban storm water runoff including curbside rain
gardens, tree trenches, green roofs and pervious pavement.
Youth Leadership Award – Recognizing the accomplishments of an
individual student, school group, organization or youth club to enhance and
protect our air, water and natural environment.
Outdoors/Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa
Youth Outdoors program was created by the Conservation Corps of Minnesota
to engage disadvantaged, urban youth in environmental education and conservation
work. The program educates young people and inspires them to become
environmental stewards by restoring natural areas in Saint Paul, training young
people to be leaders in their communities, and preparing them for jobs in the
growing green industry.
2011 the Youth Outdoors program engaged 63 youth and 12 young adults in
Together, these crews worked to better understand how their actions impact the
world around them and what they can do to make Saint Paul a more sustainable
city. Youth Outdoors Corps members completed natural resource work on more than
30 sites across the city.
Renewable Energy Award – This award acknowledges efforts to reduce
energy consumption, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on
advancing renewable energy sources.
Energy St. Paul
St. Paul had a vision to integrate a large scale solar thermal array into its
hot water district energy system that serves 80 percent of downtown Saint Paul.
In March 2011, that vision became a reality. District Energy St. Paul developed
and commissioned the midwest’s largest solar thermal project with support from
partners that included the U.S. Department of Energy, Minnesota Department of
Commerce Division of Energy Resources, the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul
project is the first in the nation to be tied to a district heating system and
has gained international attention. The 23,000 square foot installation produces
over 1.2 peak megawatts of thermal energy and contributes domestic hot water and
heat to the Saint Paul RiverCentre complex and to the District Energy
Commercial Green Building Design Award – Honoring the design,
development, construction or renovation of a commercial building.
Bakery has been baking bread in Saint Paul for over 120 years. They needed to
find a new location and building that would allow for growth in their business
and they were also mindful of impacts of their decision on the environment and
assistance from the Saint Paul Port Authority and the city, Baldinger Bakery
reclaimed a brownfield site that had been vacant for 40 years and transformed it
into a 144,000 square foot state-of-the-art, Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified manufacturing facility.
this energy innovation, the facility is now producing 45 percent more product –
breads and buns per therm of natural gas. They installed a heat recovery
mechanism to reduce electricity and a white roof to reduce air
Natural Resources Conservation Award – Honoring
community groups and residents who replant, restore and reclaim the urban
environment into opportunities for the social and physical renewal.
volunteer work with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and other natural resource
restoration organizations, such as Saint Paul Audubon, Val Cunningham has been
an invaluable resource and asset to the Saint Paul community. She has been
involved in numerous projects to create, restore and advocate for birds and bird
habitat in Saint Paul. In response to the need for additional nesting habitat in
Como Park, Val established a bluebird trail at Como Golf Course in 2005, and has
continued to maintain it every year – an annual commitment of approximately 75
and nature with people is a passion for Val. She is always willing to lead a
bird hike and will be assisting with the golf course hikes and the bird and bike
hikes during the Urban Birding Festival in June. Val is also a trained
interpreter for the Hike It! Interpretive program.
Water Quality or Conservation Award- This award recognizes citizens,
groups or businesses which show outstanding commitment to responsible water
management and conservation of our water resources.
saw a problem in her neighborhood. There was an unpaved, sloped alley that had
created erosion and drainage problems on many blocks in St. Anthony Park. Much
of the runoff from two alleys came down her driveway and flooded her back yard.
She thought a rain garden would help.
Watershed District assisted with consultation and grant funds. With this
support, a larger rain garden was built to handle more of the runoff from the
entire block. The beautiful rain garden has significantly reduced the amount of
runoff going into the storm sewer.
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Award – Honoring
efforts to reduce energy consumption, energy costs and greenhouse gas
Home Energy Squad is a simple, low-cost, extremely convenient residential
program that helped more than 5,000 Saint Paul households save energy and money
and reduce their homes’ impacts on global greenhouse gas (GHG)
Energy Squads are crews of two to three trained workers who install key energy
efficiency measures in customers' homes, including exterior door weather
stripping, programmable thermostats, water heater blankets, shower heads, faucet
aerators, and a complete swap-out of incandescent light bulbs with compact
Energy Squads is a program of Xcel Energy, and in Saint Paul is delivered by the
Neighborhood Energy Connection.
Environmental Education and Awareness Award –
Recognizing programs and concepts which develop skills and attitudes
necessary to understand the inter-relatedness among humans, culture and
environment and foster behavior change.
Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC)
a nonprofit community development organization working to revitalize the city’s
east side, has provided energy-related assistance to businesses along the east
side’s Payne Avenue and Arcade Street business corridors. ESNDC has worked with
partners to offer free programs for businesses to learn ways to become more
energy efficient, while also providing financing to help businesses cover the
sometimes high upfront investment costs of certain energy
date, about 20 local businesses have taken advantage of no-cost on-site energy
consultations, forgivable loans, Xcel Energy rebates, and have cut their energy
bills in half.
Sustainable City Staff – Recognizing City employees who
continually go beyond their normal duties to incorporate sustainable practices
into their every day activities.
Giebel’s work as the City of Saint Paul’s Energy Coordinator has had a citywide
impact. Jim has worked tirelessly to advance energy efficiency, conservation
and renewable energy in over 40 city-owned facilities. His efforts have saved
the city money; reduced green house gas emissions; improved the quality of life
for city employees and customers.