Scandia’s City Council voted to authorize the city’s participation in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program in 2014. Six years later, Scandia has achieved recognition as a Step 3 GreenStep City. We would consider our greatest accomplishment to be collaborative education projects. In conjunction with Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails, the parent organization of the GreenStep committee, we offer a free speaker series to the public to increase awareness of climate change and the importance of sustainable practices. Topics have included recycling, building resiliency to climate change, native plant landscaping and the impacts of climate change on Minnesota birds. Some of these talks are co-sponsored with the nearby Marine Community Library, which often has 100-150 people in attendance.
See Best Practice Actions for more information on sustainability education (24.4).
What has the GreenStep Cities program helped Scandia achieve?
The GreenStep Cities program has made Scandia more mindful of opportunities to incorporate sustainable practices. It is something that has not only been considered in our operations and comprehensive planning, but such practices will also likely be included in future development regulations that are currently in the process of being drafted.