As of Summer 2021, Inver Grove Heights has reached Step 5 of GreenStep Cities! IGH is one of 140 participating cities and tribal nations in the 10-year-old challenge, assistance, and recognition program. GreenStep Cities is a designed to help cities achieve sustainability goals by implementing best practices that promote social, environmental and financial stewardship.
The city accomplished Step 5 by measuring and reporting annual operations and development metrics related to city buildings and lighting, city fleets, parks and natural areas, stormwater, renewable energy, jobs and more. The primary purpose and benefit of Step 4 is for cities to gather data against which a city can compare itself to over time, and Step 5 is achieved when a city makes progress in select metrics. The city has worked hard to implement best practices to meet sustainability goals with support from the GreenStep program. Actions that taken within the program focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, resource conservation, climate change, and the encouragement of civic innovation.
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