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File #: Ord 19-81    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/22/2020
Title: Creating Title XXXI to be entitled City Sustainability and Resiliency, and Chapter 440 of the Legislative Code relating to the regulation of building energy consumption through the establishment of regulations.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. USGBC Letter, 2. AIA MN Letter, 3. Wellington Management Letter, 4. BOMA Letter
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
2/12/20202 Mayor's Office Signed  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/22/20202 City Council Adopted As AmendedPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/15/20202 City Council Public Hearing Closed; Laid Over to Fourth Reading/Final AdoptionPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/8/20201 City Council Amended and Laid Over for Third ReadingPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
12/18/20191 City Council Laid Over to Second Reading  Action details Meeting details Video Video
Title
Creating Title XXXI to be entitled City Sustainability and Resiliency, and Chapter 440 of the Legislative Code relating to the regulation of building energy consumption through the establishment of regulations.
Body
The Council of the City of Saint Paul Does Hereby Ordain:
Section 1.
That the Legislative Code is hereby amended by adding a new Title to be numbered XXXI which shall be entitled City Sustainability and Resiliency which shall contain ten chapters for legislative ordinances pertaining Sustainability and Resiliency beginning with Chapter 440 pertaining to Energy Benchmarking.
Section 2.
That Title XXXI - CITY SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCY, established under Section 1 of this ordinance is hereby amended by adding a new chapter to be numbered Chapter 440 and entitled Energy Benchmarking to require Owners of Covered Properties to use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track and assess the Energy and water use of certain properties relative to similar properties which shall read as follows:

Chapter - 440. Energy Benchmarking

Sec. 440.01. - Legislative purpose and intent.
(1) Council finds that the City of Saint Paul’s commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and the City’s adopted goal of reaching carbon neutrality in building Energy use by 2050 will require aggressive efforts to reduce overall Energy use in buildings through efficiency, conservation, and conversion to renewable or carbon-free Energy sources.
(2) Council further finds that the Minnesota State Legislature has adopted a goal of 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050 (Minn. Stat. §216H.02). Based on the belief that improving Energy efficiency is one of the most constructive and cost-effective ways to address the challenges of high Energy prices, Energy security and independence, air pollution, and global climate change.
(3) Council also finds that through participation in Xcel Energy’s...

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