Due to the innovative leadership of Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul, Minn. is a national leader in sustainable, urban living by "acting locally" to help reverse the negative effects of global warming.
St. Paul is achieving its sustainability goals through strategies that proactively protect the city's air, water and urban landscape. Those strategies include working with energy providers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which helps the environment and produces significant costs savings; improving and expanding recycling service for residents and businesses; constructing green buildings that set the example for others in the city; retrofitting current buildings to reduce energy demand; promote transit-oriented development as well as transit alternatives such as light rail and pedestrian friendly streets; and improve the water quality for the city's residents.
Strategies also include integrating sustainability into city policy. The 2010 Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan revolves around the theme of sustainability, and each policy in the plan is marked as supporting environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability.
The city promotes use and respect of the environment by improving Saint Paul's system of parks, green spaces, bikeways, and trails. An aggressive reforestation plan with work from hundreds of volunteers and staff; and the reclamation and promotion of land along the Mississippi River are just a few of the strategies that help bring residents out of their homes and into their community.