GreenStep Cities Announces 2020 Step Achievements

Actions focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, and encouraging innovation.

The GreenStep Cities program recently announced the communities that have achieved step advancement for the 2019-2020 program year.

There are 51 unique communities, 36% of program participants, that are advancing a step. Eight cities are being recognized for achieving more than one step during the year, and 13 cities are being recognized for achieving the highest step — Step Five — for a second year or more.

GreenStep Cities is a free, voluntary program designed to help Minnesota cities meet environmental sustainability goals through the implementation of 29 best practice actions. There are currently 136 cities and four tribal nations, for a total of 140 participating communities.

The GreenStep Cities 29 best practice actions are separated into five categories and tailored to all types of Minnesota cities. The actions focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, and encouraging innovation.

Cities achieved Step One recognition by passing a resolution to become a GreenStep City over the past year. Step Two-designated cities implemented up to eight of the program’s best practice actions, and Step Three-designated cities implemented up to 16 best practice actions.

Step Four cities tracked and submitted metrics from a selection of categories, such as energy and water use, vehicle fleet efficiency, community and economic development, and more. Cities achieved Step Five status by documenting and demonstrating improvement on Step Four metrics.

10-Year Anniversary

The GreenStep program was launched 10 years ago at the League’s 2010 Annual Conference. In January, participants from member cities gathered in six Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regional offices throughout the state to celebrate and discuss their vision for the program’s next 10 years.

Read fact sheet: 10 Years of GreenStep Impacts & Accomplishments

In addition to the League, GreenStep Cities partners include MPCA, the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), the Great Plains Institute, the Izaak Walton League—Minnesota Division, the Urban Land Institute of Minnesota, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, and Rethos (formerly the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota).

Advancing cities

The following cities have achieved step advancement in the GreenStep Cities program.

*Asterisk indicates a city advancing more than one step this year.

Step 1 Communities

  • Brooklyn Park
  • Carver
  • Circle Pines
  • Detroit Lakes*
  • Dodge Center
  • East Grand Forks
  • Hackensack
  • Lake City
  • Prairie Island Indian Community
  • Robbinsdale*
  • Rush City*
  • Saint Peter*
  • Savage
  • Shakopee*

Step 2 Communities

  • Detroit Lakes*
  • Dilworth
  • Gilbert
  • Granite Falls
  • Hewitt
  • Lakeville
  • Mounds View
  • Nisswa*
  • Robbinsdale*
  • Rush City*
  • Saint Peter*
  • Shakopee*

Step 3 Communities

  • Duluth*
  • Fridley
  • La Crescent
  • Lexington
  • Nisswa*
  • South St. Paul

Step 4 Communities

  • Apple Valley
  • Bloomington
  • Duluth *
  • Eagan
  • Eden Prairie
  • Edina
  • Elk River
  • Falcon Heights
  • Hutchinson
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Isanti
  • Jordan
  • Mahtomedi
  • Maplewood
  • Minnetonka
  • New Brighton
  • North St. Paul*
  • Northfield
  • Oakdale
  • Red Wing
  • Rochester
  • Roseville
  • Saint Anthony Village*
  • Saint Louis Park
  • Shoreview
  • Woodbury

Step 5 Communities

  • Eagan
  • Eden Prairie
  • Edina
  • Elk River
  • Falcon Heights
  • Hutchinson
  • Isanti
  • Mahtomedi
  • Maplewood
  • Minnetonka
  • New Brighton
  • North St. Paul*
  • Oakdale
  • Red Wing
  • Rochester
  • Saint Anthony Village*
  • Shoreview
  • Woodbury