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Topic Areas

Agriculture
Sustainable agriculture, food, forestry, gardening
Buildings
Green buildings, housing, materials, siting
Business
Pollution prevention, green business development
Communities
MN GreenStep Cities, indicators, citizen participation, community development
Ecosystems
Ecosystem-based management, biodiversity
Education
Curricula, education on sustainability
Energy
Clean energy, energy efficiency, renewable and distributed energy
Individual Choices
Green living, simplicity, personal transformation, creating grassroots alternatives
Land Use
Planning and zoning, Smart Growth
Statewide/Global
The latest information on state, national and global issues
Transportation
Transportation alternatives, nonmotorized transportation
Water
Safe drinking water supply, Wastewater treatment, Water conservation, Lakes and Rivers, Groundwater, Stormwater management

Contact information

Erin Barnes-Driscoll
Sustainable Communities Team
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd. N., 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
(651) 296-6300 or (800) 657-3864
nextstep@state.mn.us

Latest Resources Added
The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges - The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have teamed up to release the fifth annual edition of the unique, free guidebook that recognizes the nation's most environmentally responsible green colleges. The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition profiles 332 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This book is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges. Source: http://centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.aspx (6/10)

Third National Climate Assessment - The U.S. Global Change Research Program recently released the Third National Climate Assessment. The report summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It describes the impacts of climate change across ten geographic regions of the United States, and in economic sectors such as agriculture, energy, and health. The descriptions translate scientific insights into practical information that can help decision-makers and citizens anticipate and prepare for climate-change impacts. Source: May 9th, 2014, EPA Climate Change and Water News (6/10)

A New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation - Across America, colleges and universities are showing that efforts aimed at reducing driving deliver powerful benefits for students, staff and surrounding communities. According to a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group, policymakers at all levels of government can learn from these innovative examples. (3/3)


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