The City is getting greener
Last year, Bloomington joined the GreenStep Cities program and has already gone from Step 1 to 3—something only three other cities in the state have achieved that quickly. The program is voluntary and aims to help cities achieve better sustainability and quality of life. To reach Step 3, a city must demonstrate a series of best practices in land use, environmental management, resilient economic and community development, transportation, and buildings and lighting.
Some of the best practices the City has completed are optimizing traffic signals around Mall of America; conducting a natural resource inventory; using recycled material in asphalt and road-bed projects; using community volunteers to aid in parks maintenance and revitalization; and partnering with community organizations to promote efficient water use among residents and businesses. The City was recognized at the annual League of Minnesota Cities conference in June for its accomplishment.