Climate Action Plan
On 10/13/2020, the City Council voted to approve the Climate Action Plan put together by staff with council, staff, and resident feedback. The CAP identifies 6 goals (Develop and Promote Energy Efficiency Efforts, Promote Renewable Energy Installation and Purchasing, Encourage Sustainable Design and Building Practices, Strengthen and Expand Natural Resource Management, Reduce Waste Generated, Improve Access to Local and Healthy Food) that encompass 80 actions. This plan will guide the City’s internal and external sustainability efforts over the next 5 years with progress to be annually reviewed by the Sustainability Commission.
- Sustainability Commission
- Water Resources
- Parks and Recreation
- Wood Lake Nature Center
- Regional trails
What does the City's Sustainability Specialist do?
As Richfield's Sustainability Specialist, Rachel Lindholm works on a variety of projects, mostly regarding education (with residents, businesses, city staff, and others) and cross-department collaboration on sustainability initiatives.
More specifically, her work includes municipal waste reduction and education efforts, solar installations, EV fleet implementation, running the city's organics drop-off program, resident and business waste reduction and recycling efforts, energy efficiency efforts, landscaping standards and initiatives, green construction efforts, park projects (native plantings, recycling, etc), sustainability website creation and maintenance, improving the environmental footprint of events held within the City, connecting multiple departments on sustainability projects, acting as the staff liaison for the Sustainability Commission, interacting with local schools and businesses on environmental efforts, answering resident questions, and so much more.
She wrote the recently approved Climate Action Plan that outlines several sustainability initiatives the City will be working on over the next 5 years. Many of the projects she works on (or has completed) have been identified by City Council or residents as goals and priorities for the City of Richfield. If you have questions or need help with a sustainability related topic, Rachel can be reached most easily at firstname.lastname@example.org.