Minnesota GreenStep Cities
The GreenStep Cities programs is a voluntary assistance, recognition, and challenge program designed to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. GreenStep Cities is a free, continuous improvement program managed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other public, non-profit and private organizations. The program is based upon 29 Best Practices (which includes 175 possible opportunities to meet those Best Practices) centered on five categories: Buildings and Lighting, Land Use, Transportation, Environmental Management, and Resilient Economic and Community Development.
The program helps cities meet sustainability goals by developing best practices that promote social, environmental and financial stewardship. In 2016, the City of Inver Grove Heights was the 100th city to join the GreenStep Cities program, which has since expanded to 127 cities. This program encourages participating cities to share their success stories with one another by showcasing them at monthly workshops and publicly documenting their completed actions online. Once a city completes required Best Practices, they are rewarded and recognized for reaching the next step of the five-step program. In June 2018, the City of Inver Grove Heights was recognized at the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference for reaching Step 2 of the program by completing 12 of the 29 Best Practices.
To learn more about what the actions the City of Inver Grove Heights has documented as completed, please visit the Minnesota GreenStep Cities website.