In March 2016 the City of Elk River engaged paleBLUEdot llc to prepare a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) baseline inventory for City Operations emissions. This report is the first time that City Operations baseline data has been comprehensively collected and calculated.
The City of Elk River is committed to improved sustainability. Since 1997, the City has been a designated Energy City by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – a designation of the City as a geographical focal point for the demonstration of efficient and renewable energy products, services, and technologies. In October 2011, the City began engagement in the Minnesota Greenstep Cities Program sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Greenstep Cities is a challenge, assistance, and recognition program supporting cities in achieving sustainability and quality-of-life goals.
This Greenhouse Gas Baseline Inventory report is designed both to meet the requirements for the State of Minnesota Greenstep Cities program, but also to provide a framework for on-going dialogue in support of the City’s Energy City designation and overall sustainability interest.