Resilience & Sustainability

Climate trends suggest that in the next 50 years Minnesota will experience increased precipitation, hotter summers, warmer and wetter winters, and more severe weather events. Such changes could damage infrastructure, drain resources, and impair a City’s capacity to provide services and respond to residents’ needs.

Resilience and Sustainability Plan

To ensure it will survive and thrive under these chronic stresses and extreme events, the City of Golden Valley is developing a sustainability and resilience plan, which will be included in its 2040 Comprehensive Plan update. Consideration of the community’s vulnerabilities—and responses to those vulnerabilities—will strengthen Golden Valley’s ability to prepare for and respond to climate impacts.

Energy Action Plan

In early 2020, the City of Golden Valley joined Xcel Energy’s Partners In Energy Initiative (PIE) to move forward in achieving its energy goals and assisting residents and local businesses in reducing energy bills and carbon footprints. An energy action plan was developed for the City with input from residents, businesses, and community partners. The plan articulates the City’s vision for shaping energy use and supply in the future.

Green Volunteers

Interested in volunteering on sustainability initiatives in the City? The Green Volunteer listserv lets residents know about environmentally-focused volunteer opportunities in the City, such as tree plantings, invasive species removal, and opportunities to help engage and educate the public around sustainability topics. Visit your subscriber preferences to sign up for Green Volunteers.

Sustainability and Resilience Resources for Residents, Businesses, & Organizations

Accomplishing the City’s sustainability goals and building a more resilient City is going to take a community-wide effort. Learn more about how you can be more sustainable in your home and at your business and how you can be better prepared for climate change’s impacts.

Solar Energy
Solid Waste, Recycling, & Organics
Pollinator Habitats
Chloride (Road Salt) Pollution
Floodplain Management

Stormwater Management
Invasive Species

Building Energy Efficiency

The City of Golden Valley has developed a Green Building Guide in hopes of encouraging residents to choose ‘greener’ options when performing home improvement projects. Green building is a process that reduces and/or eliminates negative environmental impacts over the course of a building’s life-cycle.

From design and construction to maintenance and renovation, this Golden Valley-specific guide will be designed for residents and local builders. It will include a comprehensive list of guidelines and resources intended for new building projects as well as smaller retrofit or renovation projects.

Paper copies can be made available by calling the Golden Valley Engineering division at 763-593-8030.

Electric Vehicles

In Oct 2018, one of Golden Valley’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station was installed in the water tower west parking lot, near McDonald's, on the City Hall campus. The charging station by ChargePoint is a part of the world’s largest and most open EV charging network, with more than 50,000 charging stations worldwide and more than 300 in the Minneapolis area.

Charging at a ChargePoint station is similar to pumping at a gas station, except payment is done through a mobile app or the ChargePoint card for a simpler and quicker transaction. Users are charged 90 cents per hour for the first three hours $1.20 per hour after three hours.

For more information about the ChargePoint EV charger, contact the City of Golden Valley Physical Development Department at 763-595-8030 or visit the ChargePoint website.

Definitions & Goals

Sustainability aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This will ensure that future generations of Golden Valley have the ability to use its resources to survive and grow.

+ Sustainability Goals For The City's 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Which of these should be Golden Valley’s top priorities? Share your thoughts.

  • Encourage use of renewable energy, including wind, solar, etc
  • Encourage waste reduction, recycling, and composting
  • Encourage energy efficiency for buildings and lighting
  • Enhance water quality
  • Maintain/increase vegetation
  • Educate and engage the public in sustainability opportunities
  • Enhance air quality
  • Foster local food production
  • Build community resilience to changing climate

Resilience is the capacity to respond, adapt, and thrive under changing conditions. This includes planning for more severe weather and prolonged heat waves, for improved health of residents, and for economic strength and diversity.

Resilience encompasses planning at several levels. For example, cities must develop strategies to respond to changing rainfall patterns that require additional storm water management capacity. Individuals should prepare their homes for prolonged power outages that may be brought on by severe weather.

+ Are You Ready?

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for inclement weather or power outages in your home. Here are some household items you can gather to ensure that if a disaster strikes, you’ll be ready.

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food (dried fruit, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, etc)
  • Water (at least a gallon per person, per day)
  • Can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for everyone in your family
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and other personal items
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger, extra battery, or solar charger

+ Other Actions You Can Take