Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Required for all cities
All Category A, B and C cities must implement this best practice by completing action 1.
Category A cities must also complete action 2.
Category B cities must also complete any one additional action.
What's measured matters. Or put another way: if it matters, measure and report it. Adoption of a comprehensive set of sustainability indicators (that may have been developed as part of a sustainability plan) provides one vehicle for a city to report on accomplishment of multiple (and often interlinked) city goals, programs and projects, including GreenStep best practices and comprehensive plan goals. This transparency and accountability to community members about city sustainability work fits well with educating and engaging community members as partners in envisioning and building a more sustainable city. The point of public participation in city affairs is that by adding the value-rich perspectives of citizens to the information-rich perspectives of city staff, we can create wiser public policy.* In total, actions to implement this best practice result in:
connection to state Policy
The state of Minnesota requires various specific reports from cities, which typically contain data of interest/use to community members. Extracting the most relevant data from these submittals and presenting it in a useful way is a service to community members.