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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
  • MAY 1 DEADLINE FOR JUNE 20 RECOGNITION -- City reminder: enter action reports by May 1 for recognition June 20th @ LMC breakfast in St. Cloud.

  • Cut Costs of Canopy Lighting -- See http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/ledcanopy for quality bulk-buying, rebates, assistance.

  • Apr 30 Wabasha GSC Event -- Contact Michele at wapashaw.ikes@gmail.com for more info.

  • MAY 5 GreenCorps Deadline -- Apply for a full-time, 11-month AmeriCorps member. Last year 7 GS cities had 7 out of 27 members deployed statewide:

Is your city a greenstep city?

Pine City (3/26/14)
Coon Rapids (3/4/14)
Grand Marais (1/29/14)
Ely (1/21/14)
Silver Bay (1/21/14)
Minnetonka (12/2/13)
Elko New Market (11/21/13)
Lake Crystal (4/22/13)
Brainerd (4/1/13)
Saint Paul Park (2/19/13)
Columbia Heights (2/11/13)
Woodbury (1/23/13)
Shoreview (1/22/13)
Maple Grove (12/17/12)
Nisswa (10/17/12)

[See all 64 cities and their achievement level]

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.

Show all cities

See which cities have implemented which best practices.

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