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Red Wing advances as GreenStep city

The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 33 member cities and one tribal community at the League's 2017 annual conference on June 15 for demonstrating commitment to sustainability best practices and advancing to the next step in the GreenStep Cities program. As of 2017, there are a total of 113 GreenStep Cities participants — 110 cities and three tribal communities, Red Wing among them.

GreenStep Cities is a free and voluntary program designed to help Minnesota cities achieve their environmental sustainability goals through the implementation of 29 best practices. These practices can be applied in the areas of transportation, buildings and lighting, environmental management, land use, and economic and community development to achieve up to five "steps." The actions can be tailored to all types of Minnesota cities, and they focus on cost savings, energy use reduction and encouraging innovation.

Red Wing achieved step four of the program, in which the city tracked and submitted metrics such as energy and water use, vehicle fleet efficiency, community and economic development, and more. To reach step five, the city must show improvement in its step four metrics.