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City of Northfield, MN
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-8833

GreenStep Cities Program

How will Northfield implement the program?

On April 5, 2011 the City Council adopted resolution 2011-041 to implement the GreenStep Cities program under the following guidelines:

  • Boards & Commissions are asked to
    • Incorporate the goals of the GreenStep Cities program into their work plans
    • Recommend local partner groups that could work with the city to pursue specific action steps of the GreenStep Cities program
    • Provide quarterly progress reports on GreenStep Cities program implementation
  • The City Council will add the GreenStep Cities program to their decision-making matrix
  • The City will apply for a GreenCorps volunteer from the MPCA to assist with implementation of the GreenStep Cities program in 2011-2012.

A number of collaborators will be asked to assist the city with the GreenStep Cities program. City Staff went through the list of Action Steps and did a first cut at identifying city departments, city boards and commissions, and local organizations that could play roles in specific Action Steps. The Council has asked a number of the city Boards and Commissions to review this first assessment of the program to help flesh out the list of existing plans, policies, and initiatives that relate to the different Action Steps as well as identify additional community partners who may be interested in participating in Northfield's efforts toward sustainability.

Creating a work plan

City Staff will utilize the work on the Boards and Commissions to conduct a gaps analysis to identify the Action Steps that are complete, nearly complete, just started, or completely new to Northfield. An initial prioritization will be developed for the City Council based on the results of the gaps analysis. The Council will then complete the prioritization based on the Council goals an identify any Action Steps that it would like to see completed first.

New initiatives to address gaps in the City's existing sustainability efforts will be started by the City Council and operated as a project within the City's organizational structure. It is important to note that there are a number of Action Steps that are completely outside the purview of city government. These could be taken up by community partners with no required action from the City Council. However, the Council would like to create a partnership so that the efforts can be part of the GreenStep Cities recognition.

General work plan:

  • 2011
    • Create the GreenStep Cities implementation plan at the Council level
    • Give guidance to Boards and Commissions on the needed input that they can provide and the roles that they can play in the program
    • Apply for a GreenCorps volunteer from the MPCA
    • Prioritize the Best Practices and Action Steps that will be addressed first in Northfield
    • Document steps already completed and progress on those that are partially complete
    • City Council will reach out to potential community partners
    • Create project plan for each Action Step as it is initiated
      • Identify city departments and boards and commissions that will constructively contribute to completing the selected Action Step
      • Identify and intiate working relationships with local partner organizations who will also contribute to completing the goal
    • Report quarterly to the Council on progress
  • 2012
    • Set GreenStep Cities goals for 2012
    • Create project plan for each Action Step as it is initiated
      • Identify city departments and boards and commissions that will constructively contribute to completing the selected Action Step
      • Identify and intiate working relationships with local partner organizations who will also contribute to completing the goal
    • Report on progress at the end of the year
  • Continue on...

Why are Northfield's Action Step numbers different from MPCA?

As Northfield has developed its implementation plan for the program, we have noticed some minor discrepancies in the way that MPCA counts the Action Steps. Northfield looks at all of the steps necessary to complete any given Best Practice and also considers the choices offered within the Action Steps themselves. If an Action Step requires more than one component, Northfield looks at each as an independent process. This allows us to organize the implementation of each step more explicitly and to monitor the financial impact (positive or negative) on Northfield. As a result, you may see differences between the way Northfield and MPCA number the Action Steps.

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Jasper Kruggel

City of Northfield
GreenStep Cities Coordinator


507-645-3027

Minnesota GreenStep Cities