GreenStep Cities

The City of Maplewood implements best practices in order to meet sustainability goals with support from the GreenStep Cities program and peers.  Actions that taken within the program focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, resource conservation, climate change, and the encouragement of civic innovation.  In June 2020 Maplewood received an award for being a Step 4 and 5 city in the program.  To achieve Step 4 a city must measure its best practices yearly and submit metrics by May 1 of each year.  To achieve Step 5 a city must improve on at least three core metrics from year to year.  From reporting year 2018 to 2019 the city improved on 12 best practices 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


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 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