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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 29 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 ]



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  • Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities -- Assistance from EPA for 25 cities/counties/tribes will provide one- to two-day workshop, direct consultation with relevant decision-makers, and memo of specific implementation steps for one of five sustainability/resilience categories. Submit fillable PDF letter of interest and support letter by local official due October 12, 2016. Selection in November and assistance completed by July 2017. https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/building-blocks-sustainable-communities
  • Green Streets Guidance -- see excellent new resource integrated into revised action 11.2
  • NEW! Water Conservation Actions -- Filter all 170 GS actions at the Best Practices page to see the 17 conservation ones
  • Help from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Prevention -- in incorporating health (especially food) & equity into your comprehensive plan: http://mnfoodcharter.com/planningguide
  • Oct 5 Energy Workshop/Webinar -- 2nd of 10 2-hr learning sessions (1st Wed each month) for cities; RSVP at http://gscwkshps.eventbrite.com

Is your city a greenstep city?

Morris (7/12/16)
New Germany (6/7/16)
Sunfish Lake (5/3/16)
Albert Lea (4/25/16)
Arden Hills (4/25/16)
Golden Valley (4/19/16)
Hastings (4/18/16)
South Saint Paul (4/18/16)
Big Lake (3/23/16)
Barnum (3/14/16)
Inver Grove Heights (3/14/16)
Faribault (3/8/16)
Hewitt (3/8/16)
Aitkin (3/7/16)
Mounds View (2/22/16)

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.

Show all 110 cities

See city step level and which cities have implemented which best practices.

B3 Benchmarking
See city building energy performance for all GreenStep cities

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