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File #: RES PH 20-29    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution-Public Hearing Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 3/4/2020
Title: Authorizing the Mayor’s Office to accept a grant in the amount of $50,000 from the McKnight Foundation’s Midwest Climate and Energy Program to support the goals of the City of Saint Paul’s Draft Climate Action and Resilience Plan and to create more equitable mobility services.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. Financial Analysis - 2020 McKnight Climate Charging Hubs Grant
Title
Authorizing the Mayor’s Office to accept a grant in the amount of $50,000 from the McKnight Foundation’s Midwest Climate and Energy Program to support the goals of the City of Saint Paul’s Draft Climate Action and Resilience Plan and to create more equitable mobility services.

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WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul (the “City) has approved a Climate Action and Resilience Plan that includes the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions in Saint Paul by 2050; and
WHEREAS, the McKnight Foundation’s Midwest Climate and Energy Program aims to foster and support climate and energy leadership in the Midwest, making the region a model for the world by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions; and
WHEREAS, the City is partnering with local nonprofit carshare provider HOURCAR in this project, as well as the City of Minneapolis and Xcel Energy, and Xcel has committed $4 million to provide the needed electric infrastructure to serve the new charging hubs; and
WHEREAS, to date, HOURCAR has only been able to serve neighborhoods along the Green Line in Saint Paul, and the City has a desire to spread carsharing services to a larger segment of the Saint Paul, including more ACP50 neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, carsharing has been shown to reduce overall vehicle miles traveled and to induce car-shedding by providing a reliable way for households to have access to a vehicle when they need one, and has been shown to be complementary to and supportive of the use of public transit; and
WHEREAS, the City has identified a need to partner with community-based organizations in conducting community engagement around the design of the new carshare service and charging hubs project, as this has been identified as a best-practice for ensuring the successful launch of new charging infrastructure and new carshare services, particularly in lower-income communities and communities of color that have been underserved by carshare to date...

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