The City of Eden Prairie has always been mindful of the environment and natural resources the community enjoys.
Efforts to reduce its environmental footprint began in earnest after the inaugural Sundance Summit’s Mayors’ Gathering on Climate Protection in 2005. Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens participated in the summit and signed the Mayor’s Commitment to Action, which led to the formation of the City’s Conservation Commission and the launch of the 20-40-15 initiative.
Due to the 20-40-15 initiative she spearheaded, Mayor Tyra-Lukens was awarded an honorable mention for the 2011 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors. In 2012, Eden Prairie won the mywaterpledge.com-sponsored “Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation” for the Midwest region, versus other cities in the 30,001–100,000 population category.
Since then, the City met and even exceeded its 20-40-15 goals – energy efficiency in City facilities increased by 21.8 percent and the fuel efficiency of the City's vehicle fleet increased by 44.4 percent by year-end 2015. Eden Prairie has also achieved Step 4 in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.
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