The City of Eden Prairie has always been mindful of the environment and natural resources the community enjoys.
Commitment to Action
Efforts to reduce Eden Prairie's environmental footprint began in earnest after the inaugural Sundance Summit Mayors’ Gathering on Climate Protection in 2005. Former 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, now known as the Sustainability Commission, and the launch of the decade-long 20-40-15 initiative.
Although 20-40-15 concluded in 2015, the City continues to follow the practices that led to its success and find new ways to conserve energy, and reduce its carbon footprint. This commitment to our planet is now part of Sustainable Eden Prairie, an ongoing effort focusing on education and implementation of sustainable practices to protect the environment and natural resources our community enjoys.
Due to the 20-40-15 initiative she spearheaded, former Mayor Nancy 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, and the City continues participating in the challenge annually.
Eden Prairie has received Step 5 recognition — the highest level of achievement — three times in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. Learn more about Eden Prairie's GreenStep Cities accomplishments.
The City of Eden Prairie has achieved the Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes Eden Prairie for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development.
In June 2017, Mayor Tyra-Lukens joined the Climate Mayors — also known as Mayors National Climate Action Agenda — a network of several hundred U.S. mayors representing tens of millions of their constituents. Climate Mayors are working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policymaking.
As a result of Mayor Tyra-Lukens' commitment to Climate Mayors, the Eden Prairie City Council adopted a resolution supporting the Paris Agreement July 11, 2017.
In March 2018, Mayor Tyra-Lukens joined a bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing cities large and small in 42 states, to speak out in support of solar energy. In a letter released by Environment America [PDF] the mayors resolved to make solar power a key element of their communities' energy plans and called on others to embrace clean energy from the sun.
Eden Prairie also participates in Earth Hour – the world’s largest public action to stand in solidarity for the protection of our planet – by going dark with the clocks on Eden Prairie's iconic water tower for one hour each year.
Eden Prairie exceeded its 20-40-15 goals – energy efficiency in City facilities increased by 21.8% and the fuel efficiency of the City's vehicle fleet increased by 44.4% by year-end 2015.
Building upon this success, the City launched Sustainable Eden Prairie, an ongoing effort focusing on education and implementation of sustainable practices to protect the environment and natural resources our community enjoys.
Eden Prairie's Energy Action Plan addresses both short- and long-term energy goals and is the first large-scale Sustainable Eden Prairie initiative. The plan prioritizes three focus areas to promote electricity and natural gas conservation — residential; large commercial and industrial buildings; and public, nonprofit and service organizations.
The City is also part of the Regional Indicators Initiative, which measures annual performance metrics for 23 Minnesota cities committed to increasing their overall efficiency and level of sustainability.
In July 2018, the City Council adopted a resolution expressing commitment to work with the youth of Eden Prairie to combat climate change as part of the Energy Action Plan. The resolution indicated the City and youth would further these actions together, and work toward a proposed goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Eden Prairie's Climate Action Plan was introduced in February 2020, with a goal of achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.