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Transportation + Sustainability

A recent IPCC report from the UN made clear our urgent charge to address climate change at the most local levels to avoid irreversible consequences. Cities and states are now leading the way in efforts to combat climate change and promote environmental justice. This year, Saint Paul will be approving a citywide pedestrian plan, providing annual funding to implement the bike plan, and creating its first ever revolving loan fund to drive energy efficiency improvements in public buildings. These are promising strides forward that I’m proud to have supported and be a part of.

 We need and deserve great streets and great systems in Saint Paul. Parents should be able to walk their kids to school without fearing for their safety crossing the street. Workers should be able to make it home from their jobs without being run over. Bikers, joggers, wheelchair and mobility device users and everyone else getting around in our city should feel free and safe to do so. Modern city services like organized trash and recycling should work well and smoothly for every resident. A truly multimodal transportation system combined with excellent waste, water, and building policies can put Saint Paul on the map as a true leader on climate and sustainability.

I WILL CONTINUE WORKING HARD TO PROMOTE TRANSPORTATION, SUSTAINABILITY AND ACTION ON CLIMATE:

  • Led the effort on City Council to pass and implement sustainable to-go packaging for businesses in Saint Paul, including a phase-in period for sound implementation and supports for businesses to achieve cost-neutrality

  • Voted to fully fund the Saint Paul Bike Plan for the first time ever in the 2019 budget

  • Voted to fund benchmarking, a program that tracks and reports building energy usage citywide to identify areas for efficiency improvements - buildings account for nearly half of all emissions in our city

  • Voted for the creation of an innovative energy revolving loan fund program to make energy efficiency upgrades to roughly 100 city-owned buildings, which then pays for itself with energy savings over time

  • Voted to continue improvements to our fleet program so that the city can reduce its carbon footprint and have capacity to take on both extreme snow emergencies and regular plowing

  • Voted to expand new bike lanes on Prior Ave and will continue to support safe and strategic bike expansion throughout our city

  • Promoted community engagement on the Saint Paul Pedestrian Plan and will support implementation so we have safe, accessible streets designed primarily for people instead of cars

  • Advocate strongly for timely snow removal and sidewalk/intersection clearing enforcement so all residents can travel safely, especially people with disabilities/wheelchair users and others disproportionately impacted

  • Working through every avenue to improve our organized trash system, including addressing short-term consumer protection concerns through contract enforcement and seeking ongoing community input for longer-term changes

  • Working with Public Works and Eureka Recycling to advocate for the improvement and consistency of high-quality regular recycling service

  • Continuing our progress on waste reduction by implementing curbside composting for all residents

  • Partnering actively with Ramsey County to ensure we’re moving forward as allies on waste, transportation, and sustainability

  • Partnering with Saint Paul Public Schools to fully implement the Safe Routes to School plan that is currently in development

  • Partner with Ramsey County and Metro Transit to ensure the East Metro continues to build high quality transit, including improving bus service and accessibility within Saint Paul

  • Leading the effort on City Council to develop and pass an energy disclosure ordinance that better shows energy costs to potential buyers and renters and pushes property owners to be more accountable for energy efficiency

  • Eliminate parking minimums, explore opportunities for more metered parking, and other reforms to adequately price the cost of parking and achieve streets designed primarily for people

  • Pushing for equitable and community-informed transit-oriented development where there are opportunities along transit corridors like Snelling Ave, University Ave, Marshall Ave and others