City Detail

Background Information

City of Hackensack
County: Cass
Population: 320
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 3
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Gary Dietrich
Community Volunteer
218-675-6400
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 1 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 6
1 star actions: 3
2 star actions: 3

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

2 star - Action 3:

Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes; airports.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
A list of all the transportation options are now located on the Hackensack City webpage. It does not contain links, as most of our transportation options do not have webpages of their own. Located on the city webpage is the name of the transportation option, their hours, address, and email and phone number for the business.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Miranda Sater (City Staff) | miranda.sater@gmail.com | 3207605576

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
Miranda Sater, the Community Forestry Corps Member, became a Certified Tree Inspector for the State of MN on January 4th, 2021.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Miranda Sater (City Staff) | miranda.sater@gmail.com | 3207605576

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 star - Action 1:

Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The city of Hackensack acquired some land in town to be kept as a woodland and wildlife preserve. It was named Bonna Paulson Wildlife Observatory. Within the past year, we have added a community garden to that area, and the walking trails are mowed during the spring, summer, and fall months to create accessible walking trails for the community. We have recently added signage to the entrance of the park to encourage our community members to use the park, and have placed a large sign on Highway 371 in our downtown, with arrows and instructions on how to get to Bonna Paulson Wildlife Observatory. There is a shelter near the entrance of the park, along with a small parking area for vehicles. Around the walking trails, benches and picnic tables have been placed to encourage citizens to sit and enjoy the nature around them.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
By adding different amenities (benches, parking, signage) we have seen an increase in use of the trails at Bonna Paulson Wildlife Observatory. Our hope is that now that the signage has been added, people who visit our area only in the summertime will understand exactly where the park is located, and will use the park to observe and enjoy nature.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Miranda Sater (City Staff) | miranda.sater@gmail.com | 3207605576

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 star - Action 1:

Inclusive and Coordinated Decision-Making: Use a city commission or committee to lead, coordinate, report to and engage community members on the identification and equitable implementation of sustainability best practices.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Hackensack has formed a GreenStep committe consisting of members of the community. Gary Dietrich is the head of the committee and members Mike Tauber or Miranda Sater give a monthly report to the city council. The minutes are then published on the city website. The committee also publishes articles in Lucette's Gazette, a newsletter that goes out to our community approximately six times per year. The articles so far featured our Community Garden, the funding project for a future EV charging station, and the additions we have made to Bonna Paulson Park over the past few months. Our City Webpage also has a link to the GreenStep City webpage, so our community members can see how much progress we are making.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Miranda Sater (City Staff) | miranda.sater@gmail.com | 3207605576
1 star - Action 5:

Planning with a Purpose: Conduct a community visioning and planning initiative that engages a diverse set of community members & stakeholders and uses a sustainability, resilience, or environmental justice framework such as:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
The Community Garden of Hackensack has hosted an Garden Expo for the last 2 years (2020 and 2021) to inform members of the community how to properly care for a no-till, no chemical garden. This year, we also added a presentation on how to store and save seeds for the next planting season, and a presentation on what community members can do to help the pollinator population in our area. This meeting was open to anyone in surrounding communities as well. An article was published recently in Lucette's Gazette, giving more information on the Community Garden.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Miranda Sater (City Staff) | miranda.sater@gmail.com | 3207605576

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 3:

Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The community garden of Hackensack was established summer of 2020. It is located in a park in the downtown area of Hackensack called Bonna Park. The garden has 17 plots that are sized 10x10, 1 plot that is 14x20, and 2 plots that are 9x10. The garden also has 6 raised circle beds, along with a well, and a donated shed for gardeners to keep their tools and soil inside. This garden is enclosed by a fence, in order to keep wildlife from disturbing the plots. A No-Till system was used in the garden, to keep the soil healthy. No pesticides or herbicides are used in the garden in order to reduce contamination. The garden this year was mostly used for vegetable production.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Gary Dietrich (Community Volunteer) | garydietrich@icloud.com | 612-801-3345