Minnesota state government works to be a leader in waste and toxicity reduction, reuse, recycling, promotion of environmentally preferable products, and resource conservation.
The Interagency Pollution Prevention Advisory Team (IPPAT) is a group of representatives from state agencies committed to promoting and sharing common sustainable goals in building management and operations.
See the progress state agencies have accomplished toward sustainable operations and purchasing.
Sustainable development is an ambitious process in which a community develops attitudes and ongoing actions that strengthen its natural environment, economy and social well-being. Benefits include more livable communities, lower costs and an environment safe for future generations.
A growing number of communities across America have begun this process, gathering a number of local initiatives under the umbrella of sustainability. They are bringing preventive, integrative strategies to bear on crime, health, jobs, land use and community values.
Check out the following resources to help make your community more sustainable:
- NextStep | Provides information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities.
- MN GreenStep Cities | Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability goals through implementation of 28 best practices. Each best practice can be implemented by completing one or more specific actions from a list of four to eight actions. These actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage innovation.