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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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  • Next GS Workshop & Other Opportunities! -- Oct 4 GSC organics & commercial recycling workshop, DNR grants, Oct 11 energy innovation event, Oct 12 Building Green in Duluth, Climate/Health webinars, Oct 26 climate/comp plan workshop, road salt trainings: http://tinyurl.com/GSC-calendar
  • Apply for a Local Government Innovation Award -- applications due October 6; see http://lgia.umn.edu
  • Seed Grant Funding for MN Clean Energy Projects -- Applications are due Friday, 10/20. Award announcements will be made in early 2018. Learn more and apply today at http://mncerts.org/rfp.

Is your city a greenstep city?

Saint Francis (9/5/17)
Bloomington (8/7/17)
Moorhead (7/24/17)
West Saint Paul (5/22/17)
Saint James (2/28/17)
Winona (2/21/17)
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (2/9/17)
Granite Falls (11/7/16)
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)

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.

Show all 116 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