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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 ]



GreenStep newsletter
  • Street (Re)design for Non-Engineers -- Shrink/delete lanes, add trees/bike lanes, add buildings, widen sidewalks: http://www.streetmix.net
  • Metro CERT Rapid Energy Efficiency Assistance to Cities -- New technical assistance offering for efficiency work in your buildings; simple request @ http://mncerts.org/accelerator/lugs
  • Dec 8 GreenStep Waste Water Plant Workshop/Webinar -- Learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy & funding options; RSVP @ https://greenstep-workshops.eventbrite.com
  • Extensive Recycling / Solid Waste Resources -- Special for GreenStep: BMPs, ordinance/license templates, hauler services agreement, RFP frameworks, organized collection research: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/ktqh87d

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)
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)

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.

Show all 91 cities

See city step level and 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