Sustainability is the capacity of a community to meet the environmental, economic, and social equity needs of today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Rochester’s commitment to creating a sustainable and resilient future is evidenced in our designation as the first LEED Gold Certified city in the state of Minnesota.
The City of Rochester is actively working with its partners and residents toward a more sustainable future through:
- The Rochester Energy Benchmarking Program;
- New Construction Sustainability Guidelines, which helps save on construction costs and reduce materials going to the landfill;
- The City of Rochester's Building Energy Reduction program, which reduces energy consumption and costs while saving valuable resources;
- Creation of Energy Integration Committee – Strategic Energy Project Plan; and
- Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicles into the city from 70% to 43% by 2035, which will reduce congestion and carbon emissions and make neighborhoods safer for walking and biking.
Local Sustainability Efforts:
- Arrive Rochester, a transportation management authority (also known as a TMA)
- Car Sharing Request for Proposal (RFP)
- New federal grant received for introduction of electric buses
- Bike and Scooter Sharing RFP (possible Lime pilot)
- City Loop segments (2020)
- Protected bike lanes and bike boxes