GreenStep Cities in the News

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04/22/2018
Earth Day in Red Wing will be more than a blip this year, largely thanks to Laura Wildenborg. More than just an outdoor enthusiast, Wildenborg could more correctly be called an outdoor evangelist. Sustainability and the environment are her passions and she demonstrates boundless energy for...
04/21/2018
Excerpt: Apple Valley, Lakeville, Belle Plaine, Eagan and Burnsville are just some of the dozen communities across Rep. Lewis’s district seeing the impacts of climate change today. To help mitigate some risks to their economy and adapt to a changing climate they joined the Minnesota GreenStep...
03/30/2018
The city of Richfield adopted a green purchasing policy at its March 13 city council meeting. The green team, a group of city staff members focused on promoting environmentally-friendly practices for the city of Richfield, developed a sustainable purchasing policy for the consideration of the...
03/12/2018
With global temperatures rising and federal action evaporating, Minnesota cities are taking it upon themselves to cut emissions and prepare for a climate they weren’t built for. Across the state, cities are readying themselves for the dangers of climate change and working to shrink their carbon...
03/10/2018
On Sept. 12, 1962, President Kennedy spoke at Rice University and gave his “We Choose the Moon” speech and set the vision for putting a man on the moon. The speech started with, “We meet at a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a state noted for strength, and we stand in...
02/28/2018
The Golden Valley City Council gathered with the business council, Rotary Club and other community organizations Feb. 22 for the annual state of the city address. The annual event is a time for city leaders to share goals for the year, and to review past projects, look ahead to new projects and...
02/23/2018
In June 2010, the state of Minnesota introduced a voluntary program to encourage cities to work toward and achieve their sustainability goals. The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program utilizes best practices that focus on cost-savings and energy-use reductions while also encouraging civic innovation...
02/17/2018
In January, the city of Grand Marais hired a climate change/Greensteps coordinator, Shane Steele. Steele is working with a steering committee consisting of City Administrator Mike Roth, Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Public Utilities Commissioner George Wilkes and Nordic Nature Group liaison Olya...
02/06/2018
The next time you think about throwing that moldy bread in the garbage, think twice. The Fridley City Council unanimously approved a curbside organic collection contract with Republic Services during its Jan. 22 meeting. Organic material is the part of the trash that breaks down quickly and...
02/02/2018
As adopted last week implement the GreenStep Cities program. GreenStep is a litany of projects, policy, and action items to improve how “green” the city is. North Branch, for example, a paperless agenda and minutes document system. Land Uses, transportation, economic development and lighting and...

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