Elk River recognized as a GreenStep City
The City of Elk River has been recognized as a “Step 2” GreenStep City.
The city received this award at the League of Minnesota Cities Conference in Rochester for its efforts to promote sustainability in the community. Elk River was one of only seven other municipalities to reach “Step 2,” currently the highest designation achieved in the year-old program.
Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a program from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and four other Minnesota nonprofits. It is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program designed to help cities achieve their sustainability goals through the implementation of 28 best practices.
The practices focus on cost savings and energy use reduction and encourage innovation.
Elk River has currently completed 48 action steps and 13 best practices. The recent retrofit of the ice arena, the LEED Gold-certified library, and the Project Conserve program were Elk River’s most touted accomplishments at the League of Minnesota Cities Conference.
Elk River plans to continue to work toward “Step 3” in GreenStep Cities. To reach “Step 3,” the city must complete a minimum of three more best practices originating from the “transportation” and “environmental management” categories.
To learn more about GreenStep Cities, visit www.mngreensteps.org. To find out what you can do to help Elk River earn “Step 3,” call 763-635-1072.