Living Streets - GreenStep Cities Workshop

Saint Paul, MN

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Living Streets GreenStep Cities Workshop

For City Environmental Commissions, City Staff and Citizen Volunteers

Tuesday May 14 6:30 to 8:30pm (networking at 6pm)

League of Minnesota Cities

145 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Free – please pre-register at      DETAILED EVENT AGENDA

Questions?  Please call Sean Gosiewski, Alliance  for Sustainability, 612-250-0389 ,

Learn how your city can improve water quality and bike and pedestrian safety when making improvements to streets!  Learn from cities how they are implementing MN GreenStep Cities Best Practices for Complete Green Streets to create networks of multimodal green streets.

-  Maplewood will share their new Living Streets Policy and how they are working with residents to include rain gardens in street reconstruction projects.

-   Edina – will share how they are improving bike access & improving water quality. 

-   Lake Elmo will share how they are including rain gardens in street reconstruction

6:00pm Networking – Meet volunteers from other metro area Cities with Citizen Environmental Commissions.

6:30pm – Case Study and Resource Presentations on Living Streets (Complete Streets  + Green Streets)

7:30pm – Small Group Discussion – share next steps you are working on in your city, ask questions of our presenters, brainstorm solutions together for building buy-in with city staff and residents

Event Sponsors – Alliance for Sustainability, Bike Walk Twin Cities, GreenStep Cities / MPCA, Emmons Oliver Resources, Metropolitan Council, Envision MN, MN Goes Green, Ramsey County, Transit for Livable Communities

Workshop Presenters

City Policies and Project Examples

-          Maplewood – How we passed our Living Streets Policy - Carol Mason Sherrill, Cindy Schafer, Ann Palzer,  Maplewood Environmental & Natural Resources Commission Members. Living Streets Demonstration Project - Matt Metzger, and Matt Kumka, Barr Engineering

-          Edina – project examples for improving  bike access & water qualityRoss Bintner, PE, Environmental Engineer with Edina Transportation Commission Members (invited) 

-          Lake Elmo – Including rain gardens in street reconstruction, Brett Emmons, EOR Inc. Past City Council Member

Bike and Pedestrian Resources

-          MN Complete Streets Policy, Planning and Design Guide and Implementation Guide  Scott Bradley, MN DOT

-          Metro Bike Policy Planning – Steven Elmer, Planning Analyst, Metropolitan Council, Transportation Services

-          Funding and DesignSteve Clark, Bike Walk Twin Cities – low-cost and “no-extra costs” solutions to livable streets (road diets, lane diets, improved crossings, etc.) Local and State funding options.

Water Quality Resources

-          MPCAMinimal Impact Design Standards for Innovative Street Design  - Anne Gelbmann, Phil Muessig, MPCA

Funding Update – from all of our presenters - state & watershed project funding options.