Sustainable Communities

Cities and communities are critical to mitigating climate change because collectively they are big enough to matter and small enough to make changes quickly. 

GPI’s programs are designed to assist communities in different ways with all the elements needed to drive change.  GPI:

  •  Co-directs the Minnesota's GreenStep Cities program with the MN Pollution Control Agency, which encourages and assists local governments in adopting proven sustainable development policies and practices.

  • Supports energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the Twin Cities metropolitan area through the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT).

  • Advances solar energy deployment through Grow Solar, a coordinated effort among Midwest organizations and municipalities to build an open and advantageous solar market that provides long-term benefits to communities, and by helping local governments and community institutions get solar projects up and running. As part of this partnership, GPI created the Minnesota Grow Solar Toolkit to guide local governments through incorporating solard development into their planning processes.

  • Provides sustainability and resiliency planning and technical assistance.

  • Actively participates in networks connecting similar programs in other states (to shorten the learning curve for all).


How a New Project Seeks to Reduce Barriers to Solar in Greater Minnesota

The project helps communities become “open for solar business.”

Kristen Peterson Joins GPI as a Sustainable Communities Program Assistant

Kristen will support several community-level projects that advance sustainability.

Community Takes a Transformative, Sustainable Approach to Affordable Housing

A community in Minneapolis breaks new ground in integrating industry-leading standards for sustainable buildings with affordable housing.


Senior Planner
Senior Program Director
Metro CERT Director
Minnesota GreenCorps Member
Program Assistant
Program Assistant
Vice President
Project Manager