Get Involved - Do Your Part

The City of Shorewood encourages residents to get involved when it comes to enhancing and promoting environmental health in your home and in our community.


Want lower energy bills? Get started with this easy home tour by Centerpoint Energy. For some great Free & Easy ideas, check out the MN Energy Challenge. See what you can do right now!

Find more ideas and information on tax credits and rebates from the US Department of Energy. Locally, the Center for Energy and the Environment has low cost loans to help make energy efficient improvements.

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There is a lot of information available on the internet; in fact, sometimes it seems as if there is too much.  This is why the Metropolitan Council staff sorted through the information to find the most current and Twin Cities-relevant information available from public agencies, non-profit organizations, and professional organizations. Check out the complete toolbox of materials they have found for residents to conserve water and to protect this valuable resource.

Organics Recycling and Backyard Composting

Approximately 25% of residential trash is food waste and could be put in an organics recylcing program rather than the regular trash. Currently, Randy's Environemental Services is the only hauler in Shorewood that offers curbside collection of organics. This is part of the Blue Bag program in which customers put organics in a blue bag that is then tied and thrown in with the regular garbage. The blue bags are sorted out and composted before the remaining trash goes to a landfill or burner. This service is offered only to Randy's customers. If you have another hauler, tell them you would like organics recycing as part of your service. Once enough customers ask, maybe they will offer a program. Drop off sites are also available. Contact the city at 952.960.7906 for information.

Some of your food waste, especially fruti and vegetable waste, can be part of a backyard compost program. It's easy! Check out instructions at backyard composting.

Clean Green

Reduce toxic chemicals in your home, the amount you spend on cleaners, and leave your house smelling clean and fresh. Create your own green cleaning products. Clean green and your house will smell and look great!

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

Is bottled water really cleaner? Check out this fact sheet from the MN Department of Health that discusses the relative safety of bottled versus tap water.

The City of Shorewood strives to provide an uninterrupted supply of safe, high quality water to our community. Review Shorewood's 2016 Water Report. This report is updated annually in January and published in June.

At the Lake

When fishing Shorewood lakes, please use lead-free fishing tackle. The lead-free fishing tackle promotion is a part of a program sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. 

  • Click here for more information about how to get the lead out and participate in the tackle exchange.  

Green Building

Shorewood encourages the use of green building practices. Green building practices encompass many different aspects from design to reusing materials to alternative landscaping. Get more information on design guidelines, financing & incentive programs, finding a professional, and residential building


Residents can make a difference to help make Shorewood an environmentally responsible community. Individual environmental footprints can have a huge impact on our community. Explore ways to reduce your individual environmental footprint by clicking on the links below.