Welcome to GreenStep Cities

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 a menu of 29 optional best practices. Each best practice can be implemented, as decided by city elected officials, staff and community members, by completing one or more actions at a 1, 2 or 3-star level, from a list of four to eight actions. These voluntary actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation.  [More]

Recognition Steps 1-5

Learn about the benefits of program participation, and then

Step 1 Build community interest; have program staff visit your city; join GreenStep by adopting a city resolution
Step 2 Post brief info on this web site about what you've already done; be recognized for implementing between 4 & 8 best practices
Step 3 Implement at your own pace an additional 4 – 8 best practices; complete a handful of high-impact best practice actions (ask us for help)
Step 4 Measure and report on between 7 & 15 city performance metrics
Step 5 Show improvement in city performance metrics

Latest Cities to Join

Dodge Center -
Robbinsdale -
Detroit Lakes -
Saint Peter -
Shakopee -
Circle Pines -
Hallock -
Dilworth -
Chanhassen -
Stillwater -
Mahnomen -
Crosslake -
Lewiston -
North Branch -
Lakeville -


  • Sustainability Commission. Energy and Environmental Committee. Conservation Commission. GreenStep Core Group. Whatever you call them, effective Green Teams are often at the center of GreenStep successes. 

  • Dec. 4th, 9-11 a.m. - online or @ LMC. Learn what's new, see how we've visualize the data, and ask questions about Step 4 & 5.
  • MnTAP interns help address waste reduction and energy efficiency projects in communities and businesses
  • Free MnTAP project to help upstream nutrient source reduction
  • The National Civic League Civic Index measures the formal & informal relationships, networks & capacities that communities use to make decisions & solve problems.

GreenStep’s Best Practices

[ Read more: See all 29 Best Practices ]