Wednesday, October 20, 2021

How City Commissions can Advance Sustainability

In this webinar, presented live on October 20, 2021, we learned about how city commissions can set goals and work towards sustainable actions.

9:00: Welcome & Introductions
9:15-9:35 - Michael OrangeRETAP consultant
9:35-9:45 - John AndersonConservation Minnesota
  • Environmental Commissioner resources (Conference, email listserve, etc.)
9:45-10:00 - Tina Folch - Contract Manager, City of Red Wing; Council Member, City of Hastings
10:05-10:20 - Carolyn Jackson - Council Member, City of Edina
10:25-10:40 - Tim Sandry - Chair, Sustainability Commission, City of Bloomington
  • Best practices for starting an Environmental Commission
10:40-11:00 - Q&A and open discussion
11:00 - conclusion

View the workshop recording: 

View the slides and additional materials: 


  • Green Team Guide 2021: BP 24- benchmarks and community engagement 

  • Environmental Commissioners email group - share stories, questions, or success with your colleagues on the commissions listserve: (Email John Anderson to be added)

  • Local community coalitions (source: Resilient Cities & Communities)

  • County Clusters, coordinated by Resilient Cities & Communities, are comprised of leaders from citizen coalitions and public commissions who are advancing equity, sustainability, and resilience in their communities.

Best Practice Actions related to this topic: 

  • BPA 24.1 - Inclusive and Coordinated Decision-Making: Use a city commission or committee to lead, coordinate, report to and engage community members on the identification and equitable implementation of sustainability best practices.

  • And ALL of the GreenStep BPAs :)

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