When asked how has the GreenStep Cities program helped the city achieve actions, Ludwigson says, “It’s helped lay out a good framework for sustainability improvements in the city by having those tools and resources, example communities, metrics, benchmarks, support with the [Minnesota Pollution Control Agency] (MPCA) and GreenSteps - that’s been really valuable.” However, it takes more than programmatic support. La Crescent is fortunate to have the support of the city council and Mayor who find value in the program.
Sustainability is important to the community. In fact, the word appears in the city’s mission statement in their comprehensive plan. Over 200 residents from the community provided a high-level of input into the plan so Ludwigson says, “it’s a pretty strong consensus that it’s really important to us and that it matters.”
See Best Practice Actions for more information on adopting comprehensive plans (6.1).