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 though 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.

  • 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).


Report Documents First-Ever Collaborative Procurement of Solar Garden Subscriptions by Group of Local Governments

Community solar projects facilitate collaborative action by local governments in Minnesota.

GreenStep Cities Evaluation Finds Excellent Value to Cities and Program Partners

Program helps cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals.

Door Knocking for Energy and Solar Assessments a Success in the Chisago Area

Effort by the Clean Energy Resource Teams encouraged small business owners to participate in a free energy and/or solar assessment.


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