The cities of Rogers and Hanover are among 47 Minnesota cities recognized for participation in GreenStep Cities – a free and voluntary program designed to help Minnesota cities achieve their 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 are tailored to all types of Minnesota cities, and they focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, and encouraging innovation.
Cities achieve Step One recognition by passing a resolution to become a GreenStep City. Step Two cities have implemented up to eight of the program’s best practices, and Step Three cities have implemented up to 16 of the best practices.
Hanover completed step one and Rogers completed step two. Hanover moved to implement conservation design and low impact development techniques into new subdivisions and building projects in the city.
Rogers claimed credit for implementing at least 12 required and optional GreenStep best practices that will result in energy use reduction, economic savings and reduction in the community’s greenhouse gas footprint.
A number of cities have completed two of the three steps within a single year. The League of Minnesota Cities recognizes the following 20 cities for achieving a new step in the past year.