Sustainable Business

Business Waste and Recycling Programs

BizRecycling

Save money by learning ways to prevent waste. Less trash = more savings! Visit the BizRecycling website for more information.

Minnesota Waste Wise

Minnesota Waste Wise is a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce program with environmental consulting to help businesses and organizations save money through waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. 

Sustainable Development Tools

Oakdale encourages and supports development that is high-quality and sustainable. Sustainable development conserves energy and natural resources in the community. 

Generation Green Building Program

New commercial construction or major expansion/renovation projects are eligible for a reduction in building permit fees if they commit to specific sustainable design strategies. More information is available in the brochure, or contact Jen at 651-730-2723. 

Green Lease Addendum Template

Multi-tenant buildings may have difficulty investing in energy efficiency improvements due to the split incentive between building owner and tenants. A draft green lease addendum is available here for building owners and tenants to use to equally share in the costs and benefits of energy improvements. 

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy has a number of energy services and rebates available for commercial customers. For more information on Xcel's programs, visit their website here

Energy Smart

Energy Smart helps Minnesota businesses and organizations identify cost-effective ways to lower energy use and connect to valuable financial incentives, such as utility rebates, grants, and low-interest financing. Energy Smart services are available at no cost.

Energy Star

Energy Star offers a number of tools for business owners including Portfolio Manager, an interactive resource management tool that enables you to track and assess energy and water use across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online format. 

Business Financing Programs

Oakdale offers a number of energy-related financing programs to local businesses, alone or in partnership with other local financing organizations. 

Building Rehabilitation Loan Program

Low-interest financing for commercial and industrial properties for qualifying structural, exterior, site and energy efficiency improvements. Loan max of $50,000 dependent on project size. For more information email Jen, call 651-730-2723, or review the program documents

Minnesota Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) 

In partnership with the Saint Paul Port Authority, the City offers MinnPACE loans to local businesses for qualifying energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. Loan repayment is collected through a special assessment on the property, and is structured for an immediate cash savings. For more information or to apply, call MinnPACE at 651-223-8038. 

Trillion BTU

In partnership with the Saint Paul Port Authority, businesses can access Trillion BTU loans for qualifying energy improvements. Loans are structured to be cash flow positive, with up to 100% financing available. To learn more or apply, view the Trillion BTU website.