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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 28 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 ]


NextStep Calendar
  • Feb 18 Workshop/Webinar on Cutting Business Energy Costs -- Free 9:00 - 11:00 GSC event @ St. Paul LMC offices; RSVP at http://gsc-wkshps-14-15.eventbrite.com

  • Feb 13 B3 Data Entry Deadline for New Awards -- given March 11 @ St. Cloud CERTs conference to recognize excellence in public building energy savings

  • Jan 27 Talk on a Model Sustainable Building Policy -- Lunch presentation in DT Minneapolis by city of St. Paul & UofM staff; $25; http://tinyurl.com/part68t

  • Blue Cross Funding for Active Places -- Apply by Feb 12 to demonstrate low-cost bike/walk projects: http://tinyurl.com/nngwtbx

Is your city a greenstep city?

New Hope (1/12/15)
Marine on Saint Croix (12/18/14)
Crystal (11/6/14)
Sherburn (9/16/14)
Pierz (9/8/14)
Fridley (8/25/14)
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (8/20/14)
Roseville (7/14/14)
Saint Paul (6/18/14)
Forest Lake (6/9/14)
Scandia (5/20/14)
Duluth (5/12/14)
Pine City (3/26/14)
Coon Rapids (3/4/14)
Grand Marais (1/29/14)

[See all 77 cities and their achievement level]

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.

Show all cities

See which cities have implemented which best practices.

B3 Benchmarking
New project! See city building energy performance for all GreenStep cities

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