News Flash

City Homepage

Posted on: October 6, 2022

Stepping Up Sustainability

Minnesota GreenStep Cities - Step 5 Achieved!

We’re stepping it up in Coon Rapids! The City is proud to announce it has achieved Step 5 in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. This is the top recognition available for taking more than 95 sustainable actions to reduce energy, cut costs and support conservation.

The Coon Rapids City Council accepted the award during a regular council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The voluntary program helps cities achieve sustainability and quality of life goals. Coon Rapids first enrolled in the program in 2014, and joins 147 participating cities and tribal nations. Step 5 is the highest level of achievement and recognizes not only the implementation of sustainable actions, but also the tracking of performance metrics and improvement year over year.

“This award represents the City’s continuing commitment to sustainability, including all of the hard work that staff has put in over the past 8 years,” shared Olivia Dorow Hovland, Sustainability Planner and GreenStep program lead with the City of Coon Rapids.

In all, Coon Rapids completed over 95 sustainable actions ranging from the installation of LED street lights and electric vehicle charging stations to improved recycling processes and additional pedestrian trail connections. Actions taken within the program focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, resource conservation, climate change and the encouragement of civic innovation.

Notable performance metrics this year include:

  • 100% of Coon Rapids housing is within one mile of a bike route.

  • Coon Rapids decreased the energy used to treat and distribute drinking water:
    • Decreasing from 1,368 MWh in 2019 to 933 MWh in 2021.
    • Decreasing from 57,047 Therms in 2019 to 45,997 Therms in 2021.
  • Coon Rapids increased the number of City-owned and private renewable energy generation sites:
    • Increasing from 13 (101.8 kW) in 2019 to 46 (1952.2 kW) in 2021.

View actions Coon Rapids took to achieve Steps 1-5 here. | Read press release here.

City Council accepts the GreenStep 4 & 5 award

The City Council accepted the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Steps 4 and 5 at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Pictured left to right: Councilmember Brad Greskowiak, Councilmember Kari Rehrauer, Councilmember Pablo Hernandez, Jr., Mayor Jerry Koch, Diana McKeown from the Great Plains Institute, Councilmember Jennifer Geisler, Councilmember Brad Johnson and Councilmember Pat Carlson.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City Homepage

The words "Light Up Coon Rapids" wrapped in string lights.

Deadline to Enter is Dec. 2

Posted on: November 18, 2022
Tree and Rocky the Raccoon with words: Coon Rapids Community Tree Lighting Festival

Join the Fun Saturday, Dec. 3

Posted on: November 19, 2022
Join a Commission

Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted on: November 14, 2022
Photo of gavel with words: Mayor for a Day

Essay Contest for Students!

Posted on: November 6, 2022
Graphic with skate and santa with words: Skate with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 18

Posted on: October 6, 2022
The Season of Giving graphic

Bring Donations to City Hall

Posted on: November 17, 2022
Graphic for Winter Concert Series 2022

Tickets Now on Sale!

Posted on: November 15, 2022
Snowplow Updates

Snow Update: Nov. 29-30

Posted on: November 29, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, Nov. 15 Meeting

Posted on: November 18, 2022
Winter Parking and a snowy neighborhood street

Winter Parking Restrictions in Effect

Posted on: November 1, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, Nov. 1 Meeting

Posted on: November 3, 2022
Street Sweeping & photo of sweeping machine

Street Sweeping/Brown Water Alert

Posted on: October 18, 2022
Map with words: Open House, Hwy. 610 and East River Rd. Interchange

Hwy. 610 Interchange Project

Posted on: October 13, 2022
Photo of Recycling Center with words: Recycling Center Construction Updates

Expansion Project Underway!

Posted on: October 12, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, Oct. 18 Meeting

Posted on: October 21, 2022
Read the November and December Senior Newsletter

Upcoming Senior Activities

Posted on: October 19, 2022
Photo of traffic on road and crosswalk with words: Safety Improvements

Safe Routes to School Grant

Posted on: October 11, 2022
Recycling graphic with words: Anoka County Recycling Ambassadors

Become a Recycling Ambassador!

Posted on: September 30, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, Oct. 4 Meeting

Posted on: October 7, 2022
Photo of budget cover with words: 2023 Budget Highlights

Proposed 2023 City Budget

Posted on: September 8, 2022
Recycling Center

Fall Hours Begin at Recycling Center

Posted on: October 3, 2022
Coon Rapids Arts Commission Photo Content Winners Announced!

Congratulations Winners!

Posted on: September 26, 2022
Photo of ash tree and City Forester

Fighting Emerald Ash Borer

Posted on: September 20, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, Sept. 20 Meeting

Posted on: September 22, 2022
Solar Energy with words: Grow Solar Twin Cities

Solar Energy for Your Home

Posted on: September 21, 2022
Diseased Oak Tree, titled: Twolined Chestnut Borer

Check Your Oak Trees

Posted on: September 12, 2022
Photo of playground equipment with words: Park Improvements

New Playgrounds Coming to Two Parks

Posted on: September 9, 2022
Photo of rec brochure with words: Fall and Winter Recreation Guide

New Recreation Guide Available

Posted on: September 9, 2022
Photo of dog with words: Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair

Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair

Posted on: March 21, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, Sept. 6 Meeting

Posted on: September 9, 2022
Al Flynn Redevelopment Project with a park image

Take the Survey!

Posted on: August 19, 2022
Photo of fall newsletter with words: Fall Newsletter Available

Fall Newsletter Hits Local Mailboxes

Posted on: September 6, 2022
Photo of dog with words: Dog Park Closed

Dog Park Closed

Posted on: September 4, 2022
Police2021AnnualReport_Newsflash_2022

2021 Annual Report

Posted on: August 23, 2022
Green Homes with a house made out of a G & H

Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted on: August 18, 2022
Green Homes with a house made out of a G & H

Discounted Home Energy Audits

Posted on: August 11, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, Aug. 16 Meeting

Posted on: August 17, 2022
Photo of traffic light

Emergency Vehicle Preemption System

Posted on: July 20, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Monday, Aug. 1 Meeting

Posted on: August 4, 2022
Graphic with words: Submit Your Event

Promote Your Non-Profit Event

Posted on: July 22, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, July 19 Meeting

Posted on: July 19, 2022
Graphic for Virtual Home Remodeling Tour

Virtual Home Remodeling Tour

Posted on: July 19, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, July 5 Meeting

Posted on: July 7, 2022
Fires_Newsflash_2022

Know Your 911: Recreational Fires

Posted on: June 29, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, June 21 Meeting

Posted on: June 22, 2022
Illustration of a house with loud music coming out and text reading noise complaints

Know Your 911: Noise Complaints

Posted on: June 21, 2022
Drawing of a blue car with text reading See Illegal parking? know your 911

Know Your 911: Illegal Parking

Posted on: June 15, 2022
Graphic with words City Council Recap

Tuesday, June 7 Meeting

Posted on: June 9, 2022
Green Homes with a house made out of a G & H

Go Green, Get Green!

Posted on: February 7, 2022