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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
  • June 22 Pollinators & PVs Webinar -- free, 1 hr. on planting pollinator habitat under/around ground-mounted solar panels: https://fresh-energy.org/events
  • Brownfield Public Health Indicator Tool -- new MN Dept. of Health resource under BP 25.5 helps ID health risks, assess project benefits, engage with the public & prioritize long-term redevelopment & health co-benefits.
  • City GreenStep Coordinator PD -- template available for GS coordinators, on your admin page under Documents

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

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)
Big Lake (3/23/16)
Barnum (3/14/16)

Who can help?

Talk to best practice advisors.


Show all 113 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



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