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201 4th Street SE
Room 108
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2950
Fax: 507-328-2401

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Sustainability and Resiliency Task Force

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dog walk, city skylineUnder the leadership of Mayor Norton and the City Council, it has been made a priority to increase the City of Rochester's efforts to be a more resilient and sustainable community. Social equity, environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility and sustainability are the foundational principles of the City Council and the reason the City is taking action to ensure that the community has a voice in guiding a sustainability and resiliency plan.

The City has taken many important steps already to advance sustainability and resiliency including achieving LEED Gold for Cities, adopting an Energy Action Plan, organizing an internal Green Team for operational sustainability, managing a voluntary building energy benchmarking program and participating in Climate Smart Municipalities - a partnership with the University of Minnesota's Institute on Environment, the State of Minnesota, and German Government. child art

The City of Rochester has created a Sustainability and Resiliency Task Force whose purpose is to develop and implement a plan with input and guidance from all of Rochester's residents. This task force includes a diverse cross-section of the community to ensure that all voices are represented. Task force members will leverage existing commissions, committees, community organizations and nonprofits to address and implement goals outlined in adopted plans to formulate a community-wide sustainability and community resiliency pan.

sustainable, resilient rochesterThe Sustainability and Resiliency Action Plan will focus on five key areas - Vibrant Neighborhoods, City for Health, Transportation, Resilient Economy,and Greenhouse Gas Emissions - highlighting economic, environmental, and social resiliency strategies that can help guide the city on future decision making. This will better prepare the community for foreseen and unforeseen impacts from disasters, but also strengthen the community through successes. 

Recent events across the globe reveal the varying and immediate needs of our community in a time of crisis. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with and hear from our residents to ensure the City is prepared for what the future brings. 

We will keep this page updated with an upcoming schedule of task force and community meetings. If you have questions about how to participate please email Lauren Jensen, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Rochester. Keep scrolling for our community engagement opportunities, meeting information, and community resources!

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Meeting Schedule and Links

Community Listening

Beyond the task force, we will be canvasing the community in several other ways to listen for the unique sustainability and resiliency needs of community members. 

  • Scheduled Sessions This section will be updated upon scheduling. 

Invite us to your meetings or schedule an office hour! We'll be engaging in community listening from August 2020 through October 2020 and would love to connect with you, your community or organization. 

  • Interested in hosting community engagement poster boards at your place of establishment? These are great for community centers, businesses, nonprofits, apartments and multi-family housing units - any place our community may be out and about, with the opportunity to interact!
  • Do you have a standing meeting for a board, organization, nonprofit or community group you're apart of? We'd love to attend an upcoming meeting to share about this community resiliency action plan and hear your feedback. 

Email Lauren Jensen, Sustainability Coordinator, to inquire about hosting an engagement board or scheduling our team for your meeting.

  • We Want to Hear From YOU!

If you are not able to participate in a community meeting and would like to give your feedback, you can fill out this form which will be used as a part of the planning process. 



Community Resources & Plans

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