Resources to help you and your city strengthen your environmental commission and/or to get one started.

One on one support for cities to start new environmental commissions and/or to strengthen city staff /community green teams. Contact: Sean Gosiewski, Green Step Best Practice Advisor, BPA #24.1 612 240-0389 sean@rccmn.co

Environmental Commission Chairs – regular networking calls.

County Clusters Environmental Commission and community coalition volunteers meeting regularly to advance equitable climate action with their cities and county.

Workshops for Environmental Commissions

Workshops for Commissions

Student Environmental Commission Leader workshop, at Climate Generation’s YEAMN! February 24, 2021, virtual Youth Climate Justice Summit Learn more and RSVP

Dakota County Cluster Cities Environmental Commissioner Meetup

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7 PM to 8:30 PM

This meeting supports both current City Environmental Commission members and community volunteers who want to get a commission going in their city. 

Environmental Commissions will each share what they are working on in 2021 and will share tips on how to be effective.  We will also share resources and support for your city to add students to your commissions and for volunteers seeking to start an environmental or human rights commission with your city.

Register / RSVP to receive ZOOM meeting link.

County Clusters – teams of 5 to 15 cities working together to meet city and county equity, sustainability, and resilience goals with their communities.

Environmental Commission Chair Networking Calls sharing goals, next steps, challenges and successes.

County Cluster Gatherings Commission and community coalition volunteers meeting regularly to advance equitable climate action with their cities and county.

RCC is focused on looking to 2021 as a year of community engagement and action by strengthening environmental, human rights, and planning commissions in partnership with staff and public officials. Contact Us to learn how to Get Involved with your county clusters.

GreenStep City Best Practices: Resilient Economic and Community Development
#24.1 – Benchmarks and Community Engagement

Contact: Sean Gosiewski, Green Step Best Practice Advisor, BPA #24 612 240-0389 sean@rccmn.co

BPA 24.1 Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.

Many GreenStep cities use an existing group, such as a city environmental commission or an existing civic group, as their GreenStep implementation or “green” team. Those forming a new committee to lead, coordinate and report on the implementation of GreenStep best practices

Helpful Resources

  • Read about how green teams work in the cities of Scandia and Crosslake.  
  • New : The GreenStep Green Team Work Plan  covers tips for creating and maintaining successful green teams and much more: case studies, testimonials, and step-by-step guidance on how Green Teams might move forward on Benchmarking Public Buildings (BP 1.1) and Comprehensive and Related Plans (BP 6).