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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

Recognition Steps 1-5

Learn about the benefits of program participation, and then ...
Build community interest; have program staff visit your city; join GreenStep by adopting a city resolution

Post brief info on this web site about what you've already done; be recognized for implementing between 4 & 8 best practices

Implement at your own pace an additional 4 – 8 best practices; complete a handful of high-impact best practice actions (ask us for help)

Measure and report on between 7 & 15 city performance metrics

Show improvement in city performance metrics

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News

Newsletter

GreenStep newsletter
recent media coverage
  • Last GreenStep Workshop / Webinar of the Season -- May 1 in Red Wing, 9-11 am: RSVP @ the workshop button to the right, where you can also view materials from past workshops
  • Principles for the Living Street of Tomorrow -- National Street Service, Ford Motor Co., Gehl Inc.: https://www.ourlivingstreets.com
  • Government Performance & Innovation -- free June 5-6 conference in Mpls: https://www.governing.com/gpi
  • LMC Sustainable City Award Nominations -- due 5/6 @ http://tinyurl.com/y344peal

see more news/opportunities

Is your city a greenstep city?
LATEST CITIES TO JOIN THE GREENSTEP PROGRAM (and date joined)

Hallock (3/11/19)
Dilworth (2/11/19)
Chanhassen (8/27/18)
Stillwater (7/31/18)
Mahnomen (5/22/18)
Crosslake (4/9/18)
Lewiston (3/28/18)
North Branch (1/23/18)
Lakeville (11/6/17)
Vesta (10/10/17)
Wyoming (10/3/17)
Saint Francis (9/5/17)
Bloomington (8/7/17)
Moorhead (7/24/17)
West Saint Paul (5/22/17)

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.


Show all 127 cities

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



Workshops

RSVP & see past webinars.


B3 Benchmarking
See city building energy performance for all GreenStep cities


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



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