Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. The program outlines 29 best practices that correspond to implementable actions that are tailored to Minnesota cities. The focus of Minnesota GreenStep Cities is to promote cost savings and energy use reduction while encouraging civic innovation.
In 2016, South St. Paul joined the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program as a way of showing its commitment to long-range, strategic planning to ensure that the community evolves to meet the needs of tomorrow. In 2019, the City received Step 2 recognition and immediately began working to become a Step 3 City.
Since 2019, Staff has implemented a number of new best practices as prescribed by the GreenStep Cities program. Some of the most notable best practices included passing a Complete Streets policy and adopting a native plant landscape ordinance. The City received Step 3 recognition in June of 2020.
Staff are hoping to work toward Step 4 recognition in 2022.
More information about the GreenStep Cities Program or the City’s progress in the program can be found here.