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 which reflects the City’s commitment to long-range, strategic planning to ensure that the community evolves to meet the needs of tomorrow. As of 2018, South St. Paul has been implementing five best practices and is working towards recognition as a Step 2 GreenStep City.
The City of South St. Paul passed a native planting ordinance on May 4, 2020, which is the last best practice action the City needed to receive Step 3 recognition in 2020.
More information about the GreenStep Cities Program or the City’s progress in the program can be found here.