MN GreenStep Cities: Implement Proven Sustainability Best Practices in YOUR City!

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This presentation provides an introduction to Minnesota GreenStep Cities, an action-oriented voluntary program offering a cost-effective, simple pathway to implementation of sustainable development best practices that focus on greenhouse gas reduction. This presentation walks through the basics of the program and the simple steps it takes for any city in Minnesota to get started. More at www.MnGreenSteps.org.

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MN GreenStep Cities: Implement Proven Sustainability Best Practices in YOUR City!

  1. 1. MN GreenStep Cities Implement Proven Sustainability Best Practices in YOUR City! Presentation updated March 1st, 2010
  2. 2. Introduction: GreenStep Cities Taking action with proven best practices GreenStep Cities is an action-oriented voluntary program offering a cost-effective, simple pathway to implementation of sustainable development best practices that focus on greenhouse gas reduction Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  3. 3. What is GreenStep all about? • Provides a “Pathway to • Identifies state agency staff Sustainability” that is and others who can help cost-effective, pragmatic & cities implement each achievable for all cities specific best practice • Achieves meaningful reductions in • Inspires and assists residents, greenhouse gases & other positive businesses & community environmental outcomes institutions to take action • Provides assistance & peer • Recognizes local governments for learning for local governments to their past accomplishments and achieve best practices their new efforts spurred by the program • Promotes innovation Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  4. 4. What makes GreenStep different? • Focused on Minnesota • Gives credit for actions you’ve already taken and helps you • Geared toward smaller cities identify new actions • Best practices developed by • Identified real resource people experts in their fields from MN who can help you with each best • Action oriented practice. • Allows flexibility with each Best • Online case studies to give you Practice examples of how it’s worked. Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  5. 5. Why would my City do this? For a healthy, resilient community: • Cheaper-to-operate • Walkable, bikeable communities & green buildings and healthier citizens & businesses • Lower costs to government, • Transportation options that business, educational connect jobs & housing institutions & citizens • Local food production • Ecological infrastructure, low-impact development • Local renewable energy production • Cleaner water, air • More local, green jobs & viable habitat Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  6. 6. Are other cities already involved? Yes! A few cities taking action are: • Pine River • Austin • Bloomington • Luverne • Edina • Spring Grove • St. Louis Park • Mahtomedi • Falcon Heights • Northfield • Victoria • Oakdale • Apple Valley • Bemidji • Grand Rapids Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  7. 7. The Details: Best Practices GreenStep Cities has 27 best practices in 5 categories Buildings & Facilities Transportation Land Use Planning Environmental Management Economic & Community Development Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  8. 8. Which category city are you? Category A Cities: Very small cities with no more than one public building and no more than two full-time equivalent staff. Category B Cities: Small to mid-size cities that have several public buildings and at least several staff. Category B cities maintain roads and usually a separate public works department and a planning/development department. Category C Cities: Mid-size to large cities that are within a metropolitan area or serve as a regional economic and service center. Category C cities are served by a regular route transit service, provide a complete set of urban services, and have distinct commercial and industrial areas. Adjoining cities working together on the GreenSteps program must also be considered Category C cities. Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  9. 9. Programmatic Requirements Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  10. 10. Sample Best Practices • Improve the efficiency of city • Increase city tree and plant cover street lighting and signals • Adopt an environmentally • Improve the efficiency of drinking preferable purchasing policy water and waste water facilities • Strengthen local food production • Construct new buildings to meet and access green building standards • Use assistance programs for green • Adopt development ordinances or business and job development processes that protect natural systems Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  11. 11. Best Practice Actions…for trees Within each Best Practice there are a series of Best Practice Actions that a city can take to implement that best practice. This example is for trees. Increase city tree and plant cover: • Qualify as a Tree City USA, or • Adopt MN TreeTrust/Boonestro tree planting standards as city policy, or • Budget tree plantings to reach 75% residential canopy cover in 15 yrs., or • Enact street design standards that incorporate street trees Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  12. 12. Get Started: Six Simple Steps 1. Learn and discuss with city gov’t 2. Determine your city’s category 3. Garner community interest and support 4. Go through the assessment 5. Select a GreenStep contact person 6. Sign the resolution Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  13. 13. The Assessment Tool • Walk through what you’ve already done…and what good opportunities might be • Learn more about what’s happening in departments throughout your city • Partner with neighboring communities Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  14. 14. Create & Sign a Resolution Make it official! Key requirements include: • Identify a GreenStep contact person • Plan to involve community members, civic and educational organizations and businesses • Pick a few best practices to start on • Commit to implement a minimum number of required and optional GreenStep best practices • Add “whereas clauses” to highlight why your community is doing this Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  15. 15. Question and Answer • How might GreenStep Cities work for you? • Are there activities you’re already doing? • What other questions do you have? Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  16. 16. GreenStep Partners Main Partners: • Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency • Minnesota Office of Energy Security Key Collaborator: League of Minnesota Cities Co-developers: • Great Plains Institute • Urban Land Institute – MN and Regional Council of Mayors • Center for Energy & Environment • Izaak Walton League – MN Chapter Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org
  17. 17. For More Information Lissa Pawlisch CERTs Coordinator U of M RSDP Diana McKeown Metro CERT Coordinator Green Institute Introduction The Details Get Started www.MnGreenSteps.org

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