What is Minnesota GreenStep Cities?
Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability goals through implementation of 28 best practices. Each best practice can be implemented by completing one or more described actions. These actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage innovation. These best practice categories include Buildings and Lighting, Land Use, Transportation, Environmental Management and Economic and Community Development.
In an effort to understand and quantify citywide impact of these practices the Regional Indicators Initiative was launched with three pilot cities -- St. Louis Park, Falcon Heights, and Edina -- volunteering to test the methodology. The pilot study helped those cities deepen their understanding of energy and money saving opportunities. Additionally, the cities realized that the utility data needed to identify such opportunities was available annually and could be gathered and analyzed in a reasonable period at a relatively low cost. Currently, 17 cities plus the pilots are participating in the initiative in partnership with ULI MN. Click here to learn more about the Regional Indicators Initiative. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a GreenStep City.
What are the GreenStep Cities 28 best practices?
Click on the links below to learn more about the different best practices that GreenStep Cities encourages. The sections feature cost and benefit information as well as how they relate to state policies and actions. Each area includes information on which people to contact in order to learn more about how to implement the initiative.
Buildings and Lighting
- Efficient Existing Public Buildings
- Efficient Existing Private Buildings
- New Green Buildings
- Building Reuse
- Efficient Building & Street Lighting and Signals
- Comprehensive Plan and Implementation
- Higher Density
- Mixed Uses
- Efficient Highway-Oriented Development
- Conservation Design
- Urban Forests
- Efficient Stormwater Management
- Parks and Trails
- Surface Water Quality
- Efficient Water and Wastewater Facilities
- Septic Systems
- Solid Waste Reduction
- Local Air Quality
Economic and Community Development
Related Case Studies
Greenstep's Cities: Eden Prairie
The City of Eden Prairie has been striving to be an energy efficient community for several years...