Energy & Environment Commission

Visit the "Go Green Edina" section of our website to learn more about the Commission's efforts and how you can help protect environment.

Duties of the commission include:

  • Examining and recommending best practices for energy conservation for Edina’s residents and businesses, including recommendations for a “green” building code, use of Energy Star appliances and other energy-reduction targets.
  • Examining and recommending changes in City purchases and operations to conserve energy.
  • Evaluating and monitoring the provision of a residential recycling program.
  • Evaluating and monitoring the provision of a privately provided solid waste program, as well as a reduction in municipal solid wastes.
  • Evaluating and encouraging improvements in air and water quality.
  • Educating the public about energy issues, reduction, conservation, reuse, recycling and environmental protection.

The Commission is working closely with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to promote programs that encourage residential energy efficiency. 

Community members are welcome to join working groups of the Commission, which advises the City Council:

  • Business Energy Efficiency & Conservation
  • Residential Energy Efficiency & Conservation
  • Education Outreach
  • Recycling Solid Waste & Organics
  • Water Quality

Edina residents, including high school students, who are interested in volunteering on these important topics, should express interest by sending an email to or calling staff liaison Tara Brown, 952-826-1621, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Potential volunteers may also write to Energy/Environment Commission, Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424. When expressing interest, volunteers should rank the working groups in order of their preference and explain how their background would benefit the working group(s) of their choice.

Work Plan:

Click here to download the 2017 work plan.


Click here to download Energy & Environment Commission bylaws.



All meetings are open to the public.

7 p.m.
2nd Thursday of the month
Edina City Hall
4801 W. 50th St

Contact Information

Staff Liaison:
Tara Brown
Sustainability Coordinator 

For more information or other involvement opportunities, contact the Commission by emailing

Energy & Environment Commission Members

Chair: Sarah Zarrin

Vice Chair: Richard Manser

Members: Jeff Burmeister, Michelle Horan, Carolyn Jackson, Bill Glahn, Lauren Satterlee, Melissa Seeley, Louann Waddick, Sanat Mohanty and Keith Kostuch.

Student Members: Emily Reinke and Sarah Stefanik.

© 2017 City Of Edina, Minnesota