Council Member Tobolt’s Candidate Questionnaire


1. Do you support divesting the $3 million dollars the Minnesota State Pension has invested in Fossil Fuel Corporations?


2. Given that Saint Paul city employee’s income is invested in the State of Minnesota’s Pension, do you support the passage of a Saint Paul resolution asking the state to divest from Fossil Fuels? Would you vote to pass such a resolution?


3. Would you author such a resolution?


4. Do you support a Saint Paul resolution that calls on institutions within the city, such as universities, to divest from Fossil Fuels?


5. What other ways would you support action on climate change in Saint Paul?

I appreciate the opportunity to speak to climate change; the City’s role in protecting and improving our environment has been an important part of my campaign.  I have spent my career working for a cleaner, safer, and protected environment.  For example, I have worked across organizations to pass legislation reducing the amount of trash that goes into landfills; electronics recycling to reduce toxicity in the waste stream; and passage of paint recycling and other product stewardship priorities.

There are huge savings and environmental benefits in increasing energy efficiency in our homes and businesses, but banks are often unwilling to finance those kinds of projects.  Property Assessed Conservation Easements, or PACE, is how to connect capital with energy efficiency and alternative energy product to reduce our carbon footprint and to put people to work in Saint Paul.  I have worked with people across Minnesota to pass legislation making this tool available to local governments, and now I am ready to work as a City Councilmember to make Saint Paul a leader in this innovate way to save money and the environment.

My other climate change priorities include:

  • Prioritizing all City projects that utilize green technologies like solar voltaic and solar thermal energy, greywater, and efficiencies in building infrastructure such as lighting and HVAC systems;

  • Pursuing a carbon-free transit system by reducing the carbon footprint of our public transportation, including buses, plows and trucks;

  • Supporting the Eco District as a national model for renewable energy power, and expanding District Energy to a wider service area;

  • Accomplishing curbside composting; and

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of our food system while providing healthy food to all our residents by establishing more urban farms and community gardens.