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Category Step 4 Metrics (click links to view) Step 5 Eligible Metric Elements (demonstrate improvement in 3+ metric elements)
Buildings & Lighting 1. City Buildings and Lighting (CORE) 1.1 kBtu per square foot, per year
1.4 Percent LED street lights
Buildings & Lighting 2. Green Buildings 2.1 Number of city-owned green certified buildings
2.5 Number of private green certified buildings
Transportation 3. City Fleets (CORE) 3.2 Average miles per gallon (MPG) for city’s gasoline fleet
3.4 Average miles per gallon (MPG) for diesel fleet
Transportation 4. Infrastructure for Biking and Walking 4.2 % of housing within 1 mile of a bicycle route
Transportation 5. Car, Transit, and Bike Options 5.1 Number of public electric vehicle charging stations
Transportation 6. Transportation Modes & Miles (CORE for A & B Cities only) 6.1 City Population: Vehicle miles traveled per person, per day
6.2 City Employees in Single Occupancy Vehicles: Vehicle miles traveled per person, per day
Land Use 7. Land Use 7.6 New affordable housing units as a percent of all new housing units
Environmental Management 8. Open Space, Parks, & Trees (CORE) 8.6 Net number of new trees planted
Environmental Management 9. Stormwater (CORE) 9.1 Assessment number from the Wisconsin Green Infrastructure Audit
(MN Blue Star City program will return in 2020)
Environmental Management 10. Drinking Water

10.1 Residential gallons used per person per day
10.2 Business gallons used per job per day
10.3a Annual city operations’ gallons: summer
10.3b Annual city operations' gallons: non-summer
10.7 Percent of annual losses in drinking water system

Environmental Management 11. Waste Water (CORE only city with collection systems) 11.5 Ratio of Inflow & Infiltration volume to total volume entering collection system
Environmental Management 12. Surface Water 12.3 One city-defined metric or index number concerning surface water
Environmental Management 13. Solid Waste 13.1 Residential solid waste generated per city resident per day (lbs.)
13.2 Commercial solid waste generated per job per day (lbs.)
13.3 Percent of residential solid waste recycled
13.4 Percent of residential solid waste composted
Environmental Management 14. Renewable Energy (CORE) 14.1 Number of city owned and private renewable energy generation sites
14.2 Generation capacity at city and at private renewable energy generation sites (kW)
14.4 Annual renewable energy purchases, city (MWhr/yr)
Environmental Management 15. Local Food 15.1 Number of local food venues
Economic & Community Development 16. Jobs & Employment - 1 metric element No Step 5 eligible metrics
Economic & Community Development 17. Climate (CORE only Regional Indicators Initiative cities) 17.1 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from travel, Tonnes CO2e
17.2 GHG emissions from waste, Tonnes CO2e
17.3 GHG emissions from (non-transportation) energy, Tonnes CO2e
Economic & Community Development 18. Additional Metrics 18 Cities may report additional metrics of their choice.


City Category Number of Metrics (additional to CORE) Required for Step 4 Step 5 Minimum Requirements
Category A 5 Metrics of Choice Improve Upon 3 Eligible Metric Elements
Category B 3 Metrics of Choice Improve Upon 3 Eligible Metric Elements
Category C No Additional Metrics Improve Upon 3 Eligible Metric Elements