GreenStep Cities 2011

League honors 26 Minnesota GreenStep Cities; seven achieve Step Two status

(June 16, 2011—St. Paul, Minn.) The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 26 member cities today for participation in GreenStep Cities—a program designed to help Minnesota cities achieve their environmental sustainability goals through implementation of 28 best practices.

Each best practice can be implemented by completing one or more specific actions from a list of four-to- eight actions. Those actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, and they focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, and encouraging innovation. The 26 cities officially joined the program by passing a formal city council resolution, and were honored with Step One designation at the League’s Annual Conference in Rochester.

In addition to the League, GreenStep Cities partnering organizations include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Great Plains Institute, the Izaak Walton League, and the Urban Land Institute of Minnesota.

The 26 cities are: Apple Valley, Blackduck, Breezy Point, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Edina, Elk River, Falcon Heights, Farmington, Hoffman, Hopkins, Kasson, La Prairie, Luverne, Mahtomedi, Mankato, Maplewood, Milan, Northfield, Oakdale, Pine River, Red Wing, Rochester, Royalton, St. Anthony, and St. Cloud.

Additionally, seven of these 26 cities have completed a sufficient number of actions toward the 28 best practices to be honored as Step Two GreenStep Cities. Those cities are: Eagan, Elk River, Falcon Heights, Hopkins, Maplewood, St. Anthony, and St. Cloud.

Learn more about GreenStep Cities and access a list of completed actions taken by the 26 participating cities