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. Open Now - March 14
      • 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 Resilience Initiative (Climate Impact Corps) - Sustainability Project Coordinators work with non-profits and communities in regional areas of the state. Opening Soon (February)
      • Community Forestry Corps (Climate Impact Corps)- engages members in the preservation and revitalization of Minnesota’s forests. Opening Soon (February)
      • 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
    • Technical Assistance Programs
      • MnTAP - The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses [including governments] develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment.
      • RETAP - The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) employs skilled, retired professionals to provide facility assessments and community sustainability projects for small businesses, institutions, and city, county, and tribal governments in Minnesota.
    • Interns, students, and community volunteers 
    • Consultants
  • 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. 
    • Partners in Energy - for communities within Xcel Energy service areas, identify local energy priorities with residents, businesses, and your government facilities to save money, promote renewables, and drive toward greenhouse gas reduction goals through an Energy Action Plan. 
    • 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 & Communities - 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. 
  • Funding
    • See the Federal $ page for resources related to the IIJA and IRA funding sources 
    • Need help finding funding for a specific project us? Email us
  • 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.