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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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  • Many Opportunities! -- GSC community engagement workshop, DNR grants, Building Green (in Duluth), Energy Fair, MN Brownfields nonimations, Metro CERTs annual event, National Walking Summit (in St. Paul), Climate & Health webinars, Pollinator Summit: http://tinyurl.com/GSC-calendar
  • Inclusionary Zoning Calculator -- see how many units a developer can afford to make affordable w/o upping rental rates for the market-rate units & while making a reasonable profit (BP 3.3): http://inclusionaryhousing.org/calculator
  • 2017 Photos, GreenStep Program Data -- click on the Recognition page above for the annual posting of LMC conference photos, notable city accomplishments, and a spreadsheet/charts summarizing city progress

Is your city a greenstep city?

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)
South Saint Paul (4/18/16)

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.

Show all 115 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