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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
  • Individual City Photos Coming in July -- Wonderful to see over 40 cities represented at the annual GreenStep breakfast; look for your photos in the e-mail during July

  • Xcel Partners in Energy Offer -- July 24 deadline for energy planning/action assistance; see http://tinyurl.com/pwbwn5u & Maplewood Energy Plan under action 6.5

  • Save Your Gas Stations $700/mo. -- Download campaign materials at http://tinyurl.com/CERTsLEDs

  • LED Street Lights -- save $5,570/yr. for Russell, pop. 328: http://tinyurl.com/CERTsStreetLEDs

Is your city a greenstep city?

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)
Brooklyn Center (1/26/15)
Gilbert (1/14/15)
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)

[See all 85 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