|NextStep website and MnSCN are winding down
The NextStep website and the Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) are winding down and will no longer function after June 30, 2015. Until then, the website will be accessible, but existing web site content will not be updated nor will new resources or other new content be added to the site. Learn more.
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- Community Sustainability Assessment Tool
This useful tool, available free online, has been developed to assist communities to assess their accomplishments and to help them move toward sustainability.
- Local Comprehensive Planning and Sustainability
This excellent guide based on the principles of sustainable development and community-based planning seeks to assist citizens interested in shaping the future of their community.
- Metropolitan Design Center
Research, education and assistance in the areas of urban design, landscape architecture, planning, and GIS is available for cities, civic groups and nonprofit organizations statewide.
- Minnesota Design Team
The mission of the Minnesota Design Team is to foster healthy communities throughout Minnesota, with special concern for the needs of small towns in Greater Minnesota, by increasing community awareness of the benefits of quality design through charrettes.
- Minnesota GreenStep Cities
A statewide sustainability best practices program launched by the League of MN Cities and others for all MN cities.
- Minnesota Rural Partners
The MRP's primary role is to build partnerships across levels of government and with the private sector, both for profit and nonprofit. The partnerships built and resources pooled result in greater effectiveness and efficiency.
- New Urbanism Best Practices Guide
This is the fourth edition of this definitive reference guide and technical manual for New Urbanist ideas, practices, and projects.
- Smart Growth Network
Excellent resources to facilitate development that better serves the economic, environmental and social needs of communities. Susbscribe to their e-newsletter showcasing the best tools developed across the country.
- Sustainability Indicators in Minnesota and Beyond
Detail on Minneapolis's indicators and other resources.