West Central CERT Regional Coordinator Jacob Selseth was also impressed, "Willmar is such a regional hub here in west central Minnesota, it's great to see how the team is bringing clean energy concepts into their community in their own way."
One of the keys to the success of the Willmar GreenStep Cities program was the involvement of community members and city staff from different departments. By working together, they were able to accomplish more than any one person or group could on their own. And, as Kristin Mroz-Risse noted, the small CERTs Seed Grant they received to reboot the program went a long way.
The GreenStep Cities program is a great example of how cities can work toward sustainability and quality-of-life goals by implementing best practices and involving the community in the process. By continuing to work together, the City of Willmar can make even greater strides in the years to come.