The Liberty is a leading-edge effort for the Twin Cities metro and rental apartment living as a whole. The Liberty was developed as a sustainable solar community of 55 townhomes, 200 apartment units, and a community clubhouse and pool equipped with 1,448 solar panels that provide 452.93 kW of power. With the help of TruNorth Solar, the St. Paul Port Authority, and many other partners, residents of Liberty will be consuming clean energy from day one, offsetting 5,518 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 25 years.

Honorable Mention

Murphy Warehouse Company

Murphy Warehouse Company, a family-owned company is dedicated to green practices through incorporating native prairies, solar panels, and energy-efficient LED lighting throughout its campuses

About the Sustainable Leadership: Small Employer Category

An employer with fewer than 500 employees that demonstrates collaborative efforts to pursue sustainable business practices or offer private-sector-based solutions to environmental challenges. The project should demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship, economic benefit and social equity.