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Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. This free continuous improvement program, managed by a public-private partnership, is based upon 29 best practices. Each best practice can be implemented by completing one or more actions at a 1, 2 or 3-star level, from a list of four to eight actions. These actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation.  [More]

  Benefits of being a GreenStep city

Be a GreenStep City

Learn about the benefits and what's required, and then ...
Build some interest (anyone can do this); have someone visit your city

Have your city council approve a resolution to join the GreenStep program (use a sample resolution)

Post some info on this web site about your city and what you've already done (ask us for help)

Choose which best practices to work on (the hard and rewarding part) at your own pace

Get recognized for your work each June and share knowledge on this web site with other cities (easy)

[ Read more: Steps ]



GreenStep newsletter
  • View the Risk, Resilience & Adaptation Webinar -- Learn about the new Best Practice 29 and how three GreenStep cities are implementing it (scroll to February). See resources from other workshops too. http://www.betterenergy.org/2015-2016GreenStep-Workshops
  • Register for March 8 Stormwater & Living Streets Workshop/Webinar -- 9-11 a.m. @ LMC; RSVP @ https://greenstep-workshops.eventbrite.com
  • NEW: Money, Resources, Assistance -- current offerings to help cities complete best practice actions at http://tinyurl.com/GSCofferings
  • Step 4 Metrics Web Page -- Metrics guidance sheets and an entry form are being posted now at http://www.betterenergy.org/step4
  • MPCA Web Link Problems -- If you cannot open a link, let us know via "Contact" above and we'll e-mail you the document/correct URL. Apologies for the inconvenience!

Is your city a greenstep city?

Winthrop (11/2/15)
La Crescent (10/12/15)
Mayer (10/12/15)
Jordan (10/8/15)
Fergus Falls (9/21/15)
Lexington (8/6/15)
Isanti (8/5/15)
Cologne (7/6/15)
Red Lake Band of Chippewa (6/9/15)
Hutchinson (4/14/15)
Hermantown (3/16/15)
Lauderdale (3/10/15)
Two Harbors (3/10/15)
Crookston (2/23/15)
Chisholm (2/11/15)

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.

Show all 92 cities

See city step level and which cities have implemented which best practices.

B3 Benchmarking
See city building energy performance for all GreenStep cities

Regional Indicators Initiative
See city-wide performance metrics for select GreenStep cities