Additional Assistance

  • Best Practice Advisors provide assistance by topic areas and share relevant guidance and resources. 
  • Regional Coordinators (through CERTs) can connect you to local resources and networks. 
  • Capacity 
    • AmeriCorps members 
      • MN GreenCorps - recent college graduates serve with communities and nonprofits to increase resiliency to climate change. Apply by 3/22/22
      • Conservation Corps MN/IA - youth and young adults grow as environmental stewards and leaders while giving back to the community through meaningful service. Request now
      • Community Forestry Corps - engages members in the preservation and revitalization of Minnesota’s forests. Apply now
      • Home Energy Corps - provide education and services to encourage energy efficiency and the use of solar energy in households. Apply now
      • Lead for Minnesota - recent college graduate fellows serve with small and medium sized communities working on the toughest challenges facing their communities. Submit interest form now
      • Vista - a nation-wide program available to anyone, fighting against poverty by helping local organizations expand their capacity to make change. Apply now
    • Interns, students, and community volunteers 
  • Community-wide Visioning and Projects 
    • Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) - brings together community and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to drive sustainability in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources and resilient communities. 
    • Resilient Communities Project - connects local government agencies in Minnesota with University of Minnesota faculty and students to advance community resilience and student learning through collaborative, course-based projects. 
    • Sustainable Communities Partnership - develops multi-year partnerships with communities to integrate community-identified sustainability projects into University of St. Thomas courses across disciplines, engaging students in real-world, applied research and innovative problem-solving. Projects include ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability. 
    • Minnesota Design Team - uses design and community development principals, to help Minnesota communities- particularly those in rural areas- develop and act upon a shared vision of their future; an American Institute of Architects Minnesota. 
    • Design for Community Regeneration - partners with communities in a process of imagining and planning their resilient future addressing food, water, and energy security while increasing economic opportunities, social cohesion, and finding low-cost housing options; a Minnesota Design Center initiative.
    • LEED for Cities - provides a roadmap to help you evaluate and track progress on social, economic, and environmental conditions in your community.  
    • Thriving Earth Exchange - helps scientists, community leaders, and sponsors work together to solve local challenges related to natural resources, climate change and natural hazards. 
    • For more specific examples, see the 'implementation tools' under individual Best Practice Actions on the GreenStep Cities website. 
  • Data 
    • See the Data page on the GreenStep Cities website for more information on accessing and using data. 
    • For more specific examples, see the 'implementation tools' under individual Best Practice Actions on the GreenStep Cities website.