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Public welcome: Ikes hosting introduction to GreenStep program

A regional GreenStep Cities program is being offered in Detroit lakes, MN on Oct. 24.

“Going green” sounds good, but what can cities really do in tight budget times?

To answer that question, staff, elected officials and interested citizens are invited to a free GreenStep Cities seminar at the Detroit Lakes Council Chambers from 3:30-5 p.m. for a seminar, followed by a social hour with food from 5-6.

On the agenda is

  • GreenStep Cities Overview — Sarah Jean Hayden, central MN coordinator Clean Energy Resource Teams
  • Local Accomplishments — Tera Guetter, administrator Pelican River Watershed District, and Brad Green, director Detroit Lakes Public Works
  • Complete Streets — Patrick Hollister, Active Living Planner PartnerSHIP 4 Health (Becker/Clay/Otter Tail/ Wilkin Counties)
  • Local Foods and Public Health — Linda Kingery, executive director NW Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

(U of MN Extension)

  • Getting Started — Michelle Schroeder, MN Division, Izaak Walton League

MN GreenStep Cities will help lead our communities into the 21st century and it includes actions that could be taken by citizens, citizen groups, business groups, cities, churches, synagogues, schools and others interested in working towards civic improvement.

The program encourages implementation of best management practices in five areas: 1) improved energy efficiency in buildings and facilities, 2) transportation and street improvements, 3) land use planning, 4) environmental management, and 5) economic and community development.

Invited are interested citizens and government officials from Detroit Lakes and surrounding cities (Battle Lake, Park Rapids, Fergus Falls, Wadena, Mahnomen, Moorhead, Hawley, and other area cities, as well as cities that have already passed resolutions to become a MN GreenStep City) and the counties of Becker, Clay and Otter Tail. All are welcome to attend.

The event is free and open to the public.

MN GreenStep Cities has the support of the League of MN Cities, the MN Pollution Control Agency, the MN Division of the Izaak Walton League, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS), and others. The Detroit Lakes seminar has funding assistance from Great Plains Institute and the McKnight Foundation.