The City of Burnsville, MN, has made efforts towards and received awards for becoming a more sustainable and "green" city. The following are some of the efforts and awards:
- On Jun 23rd, 2016, Burnsville achieved a Step 4 in the GreenStep Cities Program. GreenStep Cities is a tiered environmental efforts recognition program organized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
- On June 10, 2012, Burnsville officially became a participant in the GreenStep Cities program and immediately achieved a Step 2 designation.
- In 2011, the City of Burnsville and Emmons & Olivier Resources were finalists for the Minnesota Environmental Initiatives Award in the Sustainable Communities Category. This recognizes a partnership that demonstrates a commitment to efficient and sustainable community development.
- In 2010, Burnsville was nominated as a finalist for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Livability Award. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.
- A geothermal heating and cooling system was installed in the Burnsville Ice Center in 2010.
- In February of 2009, the Burnsville City Council adopted the Sustainability Guide Plan for the city.