GreenStep Cities

Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. Maplewood has participated in the program since 2010. In participating, the City implements best practices in order to meet sustainability goals with support from the GreenStep Cities program and peers.  Best practices taken within the program focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, resource conservation, climate mitigation and adaptation, and the encouragement of civic innovation.  

In June 2020 Maplewood received an award for being a Step 4 and Step 5 GreenStep City! To achieve Step 4 a city must measure its best practices yearly and submit metrics by May 1. To achieve Step 5 a city must improve on at least three core metrics from year to year. In 2020 Maplewood improved on 12 sustainability best practices (from reporting year 2018 to 2019) as follows:  


GreenStep Cities Best Practice



kBtu (electricity) of City buildings

3.54 kBtu reduction


Avg miles per gallon City vehicles

0.30 mpg reduction in City vehicles (City vehicles fueled by gasoline use less per mile than previous year)


Number of electric vehicle charging stations

4 additional charging stations


Number of new trees planted in public spaces

42 additional trees planted on right of ways and parks


Gallons of residential drinking water

6 gallons less per household than last year


Impaired waters

1 less impaired water (Beaver Lake delisted in 2019)


Solid waste composted

28% increase in compost being recycled


Number of solar panel sites

20 additional solar panel sites throughout the city


Generation capacity of solar sites

102 kW hours of additional solar generation for all sites throughout the city


Energy used for street lights

150,651 kwh per year reduction of energy use for street lights and traffic signals


Number of LED lights in City facilities

4% increase in LED lights in city facilities


Greenhouse gas assessment for City operations

18% reduction in GHG 

Maplewood - A Step 5 GreenStep City

GreenStep Cities Award