Friday, October 23, 2020

October 2020 - Creating cultural and behavior shifts in sustainability

In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with GreenStep Schools, presented live on October 21, 2020, we learned about the science & strategies for creating cultural & behavioral shifts towards sustainability.

Agenda

9:00: Welcome
9:05-9:15: Random Networking
9:15-9:40: Behavior Change Programs – Alexis Troschinetz, Clean Energy Resource Teams
9:40-10:10: Psychology of Sustainability – Dr. Elise L. Amel, University of St. Thomas; Co-Author, Psychology for Sustainability
10:10-10:25: City Examples 

10:25-10:45: Breakout Sessions

  • Green Teams (internal, joint, or external)
  • Sustainable campaigns and outreach (to citizens and businesses)
  • Empowering sustainable behavior among city or school staff

10:45-11:00: Closing 


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Monday, September 21, 2020

September 2020 - Safe Routes to Schools in the Time of COVID

In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with GreenStep Schools and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, presented live on September 17, we learned about the Safe Routes to School program and considerations for cities and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Should a school drop-off zone be re-designed to spread out traffic and students?
  • How can the city or school promote outdoor walking or biking to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus?
  • Are there training tools for crossing guards and school staff?
  • Are your sidewalks and crossings safe for students?
  • Can you still promote outdoor healthy-living activities when students are learning virtually?

Agenda:

9:00-9:20 Introductions

9:20-9:40 Safe Routes to School overview and resources, Kelly Corbin – Safe Routes to School Coordinator, MnDOT

9:40-9:50 Q&A

9:50-10:15 SRTS considerations for city and school planners during the COVID pandemic, Kelly Corbin – Safe Routes to School Coordinator, MnDOT

10:15-10:30 Q&A

10:30-10:45 Richfield Public Schools, Will Wlizlo - Safe Routes to School Coordinator

10:45-11:00 Discussion and Close

Co-hosted by GreenStep Cities, GreenStep Schools, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

August 2020 GreenStep Cities Workshop Archive: Sustainability Planning in Southeast Communities

 In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with Clean Energy Resource Teams, presented live on August 8, you can learn about how four cities in SE Minnesota have tackled sustainability and resilience planning through comprehensive plans, energy action plans, community engagement, and more. 


Agenda:

·      David Wanberg, Faribault City Planner

·      Melissa Baartman, Red Wing Community and Economic Development Coordinator

·      Beth Kallestad, Program Coordinator for the City of Northfield 

·      Kevin Bright, Sustainability Director for Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester  

Small Group Discussions on: 

·       How to achieve culture change and/or educate about sustainability (David Wanberg)

·       The role of equity in sustainability and resiliency planning (Keving Bright)

·       The importance of a green team or environmental commission in planning (CERTs staff)

·       Why and how to develop a climate action plan (Melissa Baartman)

·       Which is better a short or long-term climate action plan (Beth Kallestad)

·       How has GSC helped with sustainability planning and how could it be more helpful (Kristin Mroz)


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Faribault


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Thursday, April 23, 2020

March 2020 GreenStep Cities Workshop Archive: Commercial Energy Benchmarking City Case Studies & Policies

In this webinar, presented live on March 4, you can learn about commercial building benchmarking and what options your city might consider in implementing a program or policy to encourage efficient commercial building practices.

Agenda:
Building Benchmarking: Katie Jones, Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
Benchmarking Policy Panel: local government staff
Efficient Buildings Collaborative: Abby Finis



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City officials can register for upcoming GreenStep Cities technical workshops here. Your city does not need to be a member of the GreenStep Cities program to attend.

 Visit the GreenStep Cities program website at www.mngreenstep.org.

Friday, February 7, 2020

February 2020 GreenStep Cities Workshop Archive: Tidying Up — Do Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spark Joy?

In this webinar, presented live on Feb. 5, 2020, you can dive into the ways that communities can “tidy up” their emissions for impactful climate action and ultimately spark joy. The focus of this session will rest on the three biggest local impact opportunities: transportation, clean energy, and energy efficiency, and provide opportunities and strategies for emissions reduction across these sectors.

Agenda:
Abby Finis, Senior Energy Planner, Great Plains Institute
Ash Narayanan, Executive Director, Our Streets Minneapolis
Katie Jones, Certified Energy Manager, Benchmarking Outreach and Policy Specialist, Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
Jessi Wyatt, Energy Planner and Analyst, Great Plains Institute



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City officials can register for upcoming GreenStep Cities technical workshops here. Your city does not need to be a member of the GreenStep Cities program to attend.

 Visit the GreenStep Cities program website at www.mngreenstep.org.

Friday, December 6, 2019

December 2019 GreenStep Cities Workshop Archive: Reporting Metrics

In this webinar, presented live on Dec. 4 Kristin Mroz answers your questions about Step 4 & 5 data tools, provides a sneak peak at a platform that will visualize the data.

Agenda:
00:00 Introductions
00:10 - 45:00 Reporting metrics and the tools to do so
00:45 - 1:28 Using metrics, Q&A
01:29 small group workshop (webinar ends)



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City officials can register for upcoming GreenStep Cities technical workshops here. Your city does not need to be a member of the GreenStep Cities program to attend.

 Visit the GreenStep Cities program website at www.mngreenstep.org.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

November 2019 GreenStep Cities Workshop Archive: Green Infrastructure

In this webinar, presented live on Nov. 6, 2019, you can learn about stormwater assessment, hear discussion of the state water plan, and get takeaways from the recent Grey to Green Conference.

Agenda

Welcome and Introductions by Philipp Muessig, MPCA, GreenStep Cities

Overview of the NEW GreenStep Stormwater Assessment Tool

Philipp Muessig, MPCA: GreenStep

Carlee Kjeldahl, MPCA: stormwater

Mike Trojan, MPCA: stormwater

City Climate-Water Actions: Feedback to the State Water Plan

Phil Belfiori, MN Environmental Quality Board

Observations from the Grey to the Green Conference

Adjourn



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City officials can register for upcoming GreenStep Cities technical workshops here. Your city does not need to be a member of the GreenStep Cities program to attend.

 Visit the GreenStep Cities program website at www.mngreenstep.org.