In Summer 2020, the City of Inver Grove Heights achieved Step 4 in the Minnesota GreenStep program. Inver Grove Heights is one of 140 participating cities and tribal nations in the 10-year-old challenge, assistance, and recognition program. The GreenStep Cities program is a designed to help cities achieve sustainability goals by implementing best practices that promote social, environmental and financial stewardship.
The city accomplished Step 4 of 5 by measuring and reporting annual operations and development metrics related to city buildings and lighting, city fleets, parks and natural areas, stormwater, renewable energy, jobs and more. The primary purpose and benefit of Step 4 is for cities to gather data against which a city can compare itself to over time. Step 5 is achieved when a city makes progress in select metrics.
The city has worked hard to implement best practices to meet sustainability goals with support from the GreenStep program. Actions that taken within the program focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, resource conservation, climate change, and the encouragement of civic innovation.
To learn more about the city’s GreenStep Cities efforts, visit greenstep.pca.state.mn.us/city-detail/12144 and watch the video produced by the local cable channel, Insight 7, below.