GreenStep program honors Willmar, other cities
The League of Minnesota Cities has honored Willmar and 55 other member cities for participating in GreenStep Cities.
The free and voluntary program helps Minnesota cities achieve environmental sustainability goals through implementation of 28 best practices.
Each best practice can be implemented by completing one or more specific actions from a list of four-to-eight actions in the areas of transportation, buildings and lighting, environmental management, land use, and economic and community development.
Those actions, tailored to all types of Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, and encouraging innovation. Cities were recognized at an awards program Thursday at the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference in St. Paul.
Cities achieve Step One recognition by passing a resolution to become a GreenStep City. Step Two-designated cities have implemented up to eight of the program's best practices, and Step Three-designated cities have implemented up to 16 of the best practices.
Willmar is among 17 cities that have completed Step Two.
Other organizations working in partnership with the program are the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Great Plains Institute, the Izaak Walton League - Minnesota Division, and the Urban Land Institute of Minnesota.