Climate change is a serious threat to everyone’s future. Dan has been an early and consistent supporter of City efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.
Cities have a unique role in protecting our environment. Cities mandate and regulate recycling. They also manage stormwater runoff, in conjunction with local watershed district agencies. They regulate land development, including limits on lot coverage, as well as tree preservation and replacement requirements. And, of course, cities manage large buildings and acres of open space.
Dan supported conversion of the Skating Center to a geothermal system in the early 2000’s, and supports future expansion of that system to service more of the City campus. He supported implementation and enhancement of the City’s tree preservation ordinance.
Early in his first term, Dan initiated consideration of becoming a GreenStep City, which ultimately led to Roseville’s current status as a Step 5 City in that environmental benchmarking program. (Step 5 is currently the highest status level.)
Dan continues to support City involvement in alternative energy, including solar installations and/or City financial participation in solar gardens, such as the efforts that went online in 2019, including solar on City Hall, the Fire Station, and the Public Works facility. He supported the agreement between the City and the St. Paul Port Authority to help establish solar installations in Roseville like the one at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.
Dan was proud to adopt the City’s Energy Action Plan that was developed in 2020 and ‘21 in partnership with Xcel Energy and stakeholders in the community. The plan calls for targeted outreach and education to both residents and businesses to drive increased participation in various utility programs to increase use of renewable energy and decrease emissions in Roseville’s private sector.