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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 Resources

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Have you taken the Mayor's Sustainability Pledge? Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your positive impact on sustainability? 

In The Home

  • Use Non-Toxic CleanersBorax, vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice are just a few natural alternatives. 
  • Check Efficiency Ratings: Save up to 13% of your home's energy by switching to ENERGY STAR-rated appliances with smarter designs, like front-loading washers.
  • Use a Rain Barrel: Recycle rainwater to water plants.

 At The Office

  • Go Dark: Shut down your computer – rather than putting it in “sleep” mode – when you leave each day.
  • Print Smart: Think twice before printing. Go electronic when possible and print double-sided in black and white – rather than color – whenever possible.
  • Go Recycled: Use 100% recycled content office paper for all printing needs.
  • Check out Harvard's Green Office Program.
  • Be part of Rochester's Energy Benchmarking Program.

Smart Energy Use

  • Schedule an Audit: Complete an online energy audit of your home and office to identify ways you can save energy. 
  • Reduce Phantom Energy Use: Turn off or unplug devices when not in use.
  • Go Renewable: Install renewable energy systems or purchase renewable energy credits from your utility.
  • Check out Rochester Public Utility's Resources: Neighborhood Energy Challenge and Residential Rebates are available.

Smart Consumerism

  • BYOB: Bring your own bag when shopping at grocery, retail, and other stores.
  • Simplify: Embrace minimalism by reducing what you own and buy.
  • Take an Eco-Rest: For one day (or hour) each week, stop consuming resources. Don't buy anything, use machines, turn on electronics, cook, or even answer your phone. (Enjoy!)

Advocacy & Activism

  • Stay informed and VOTE! It’s your superpower. If you want a habitable planet to live on, you need to vote for it.
  • Speak Up: Write a letter, email, or even tweet your legislators, newspaper editors, and big businesses and ask them what they’re doing to protect our planet. Share their reply on social media to help spread the word.
  • Join a County or City Board, Committee, or Commission.

 Food & Health

  • Be Aware of Portion Size: Prepare food in amounts that you can eat or use later.
  • Prioritize Plants: Fill at least half your plate with seasonal vegetables and fruits.
  • Consider Meatless Alternatives: Trade animal products for plant-based foods a day or two each week.

Vibrant Neighborhoods

  • Share Resources: Take down fences and share play areas and garden space with neighbors.
  • Get Connected: Join a neighborhood app like NextDoor to work together to build stronger, healthier neighborhoods.
  • Beautify & Celebrate: Organize an event to beautify your neighborhood - then celebrate with your neighbors afterward!
  • Adopt a Drain: Keep neighborhoods clean and support local waterways.


  • Limit Single-Vehicle Travel: Bike, walk, carpool, car-share, or use public transportation when possible. Download the Arrive Rochester app to get started!
  • Drive Smarter: Get regular tune-ups and go easy on the gas.
  • Be Fuel-Efficient: Choose an electric, hybrid, or clean-burning gasoline vehicle with low greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Practice the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle. 
  • Save Water: Install a low-flow showerhead, fix leaky faucets, and install a low-flush toilet. Look for EPA WaterSense labels when purchasing.
  • Go Electronic: Reduce the paper bills you receive by signing up for paperless billing and subscriptions.
  • Be a Waste Wizard: Enter the name of any item to identify the best disposal method.

Healthy Air

  • Get Moving: Rake leaves and shovel snow instead of using leaf and snow blowers.
  • Shut It Down: Turn off your car when idling out of traffic for more than 30 seconds.
  • Go Electric: Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment in favor of electric or hand-powered options.