City achieves ‘Step 2’ status

    The City of Crookston was recognized for advancing to become a Step 2 city in the GreenStep program at the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference.

    “This recognition shows community members and other cities across Minnesota that the City of Crookston is taking great steps in the direction of energy and resource conservation and innovation,” said City Administrator Shannon Stassen, who serves as the GreenStep program lead with Crookston.

    Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a challenge, assistance, and recognition program. As one of 122 participating cities and tribal nations, the City of Crookston is helping to lead the way in sustainability across the state of Minnesota. The City of Crookston has worked hard to implement best practices in order to fulfill their sustainability goals. Actions that are taken within the program focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, resource conservation, and the encouragement of civic innovation. You can learn more about Crookston’s efforts at

    “This award is a great achievement for Crookston,” said Crookston Mayor Wayne Melbye. “And by being part of the program, Crookston and our peers are helping to make Minnesota more resilient for the future while also helping our cities thrive economically.

    Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. This free continuous improvement program is based upon 29 best practices that are tailored to Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation. More at