News Release

Crookston working at becoming a ‘Step Two’ GreenStep City

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Last summer, with the help of a six month internship by DeAndra O’Connell, the City of Crookston passed a resolution to adopt the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program and was officially recognized as a Step One GreenStep City.

Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality of life goals through implementation of 29 best practices and associated actions that focus on cost savings, energy use reduction, and encouraging civic innovation. 109 cities in Minnesota have joined the program.

Crookston now has a new intern working on the GreenStep Cities program, Caitlin McClellan. Caitlin is a senior at Bemidji State University majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Policy and Planning, and minors in Sustainability and Mathematics. Her position was made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and is a partnership between the City of Crookston and the Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team.

“The City of Crookston is pleased to welcome Caitlin McClellan as our summer GreenStep Cities Intern,” says Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen, “Caitlin brings passion for sustainability and knowledge of sustainable practices from her experiences at Bemidji State University."

In order to achieve Step Two status, Crookston must fulfill and report on 8 of the 29 Best Practices, many of which the city is already doing and needs to report on or is very close to fulfilling. With their commitment to sustainability, Crookston is excited to be continuing their GreenStep journey and is working hard to achieve the next step.

If you’re interested in joining a committee and assisting in the GreenStep initiative, please email Caitlin at .

To see what has been reported so far, visit

The Clean Energy Resource Teams connect people with the resources needed to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. CERTs is made up of community members across Minnesota who share a bold vision for Minnesota's energy future: to foster strong communities, to create local jobs, and to develop clean and reliable energy from clean sources.


Caitlin McClellan

CERTs GreenStep Cities Intern