Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota state government works to be a leader in waste and toxicity reduction, resource conservation, reuse, recycling, and promoting environmentally preferable products.

State agencies

Executive Order 17-12 establishes sustainability goals for all Minnesota state agencies. The Office of Enterprise Sustainability helps state agencies meet sustainability goals.

Local communities

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.

Resources to help make your community more sustainable:

  • Tools for local government
  • Financial assistance: Grants and loans
  • MN GreenStep Cities is a challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability goals through implementation of 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.

MPCA programs