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“In our quest to dramatically reduce the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s environmental footprint, we looked to Sustology to diagnose the full spectrum of sustainability measures at our riverfront headquarters facility. Sustology’s findings are eye-opening and the implementation framework they crafted provides a pragmatic roadmap to greening the facility."

Bruce Chamberlain - Assistant Superintendent for Planning, MPRB

Minneapolis Park Board

OPPORTUNITY

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board manages the top ranked park system in the United States.  In 2013, Minneapolis earned the first-ever “five park bench” rating on The Trust for Public Land’s Park Score® index, finishing first among the 50 largest cities in the United States. The Minneapolis Park System consists of 197 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries, and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.  Together, these properties total nearly 6,732 acres of land and water.  The backbone of the park system is its 47 full-service neighborhood recreation centers and its headquarters along the Mississippi River in north Minneapolis.  With a desire to become more sustainable while managing long-term maintenance costs, the Park Board approached Sustology for guidance.

SOLUTION

Sustology evaluated the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters through a comprehensive sustainability diagnostic analysis and report that laid out the path to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (O+M) Platinum building, the highest level of certification within the LEED rating system.  To this end, Sustology developed major policies related to materials, resources, best operational and maintenance practices, preventive maintenance, and indoor environmental quality.  Sustology also created a site plan for the headquarters that would address several environmental services such as onsite stormwater management, urban heat island mitigation, enhanced aesthetics, promotion of wildlife, solar photovoltaic production, and green infrastructure.  Collectively, these strategies will save the Park Board money, improve employee productivity and health, and communicate the Park Board’s commitment to sustainability.

The Bottom Line
The Sustainability Diagnostic Report provides the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board with a comprehensive blueprint which will guide it in its capital planning, enabling it to lower ongoing operating costs and further its programmatic mission.