Annual recognition of GreenStep Cities
Each June the League of Minnesota Cities formally recognizes all new and continuing GreenStep cities at its annual conference. Recognition is based upon a review of city-reported progress toward completing actions and measuring performance metrics. But regardless of whether a city has taken new actions or not in the past year, LMC welcomes all GreenStep cities to the annual conference for a reception, photographs of your city officials, and dinner. And note that all Step 1 cities and above may order GreenStep road signs.
As cities complete Steps One through Five, they earn stylish awards in the form of recognition blocks made from reclaimed urban wood. When a city completes Step Three, it will have a set which recreates the GreenStep Cities program logo and reflects the community's sustained commitment and continuous improvement.
During 2017 the League produced a four-minute profile of accomplishments in the GreenStep cities of Sherburn, Jordan, Maplewood and Eden Prairie, and Twin Cities Public Television aired a 30-minute program highlighting the five GreenStep cities of Warren, Duluth, Morris, Elk River and Rochester. These five cities (now six with the addition of White Bear Lake) are participants in the Climate Smart Municipalities program of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. The GreenStep cities are collaborating with six peer cities in Germany. In each city citizens, politicians, business leaders and educators are working together at the grassroots level to create comprehensive and economically beneficial solutions to the challenges of climate change.
During 2020 the GreenStep program celebrated 10 years of program accomplishments by cities:
Each year, GreenStep staff and partners survey member communities to identify potential program improvements and identify current interests and needs of participating communities. 2020 Survey Results