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Sustainability—"…a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged,"
— Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
Sustainable cities promote conservation and efficient use of resources to ensure a clean, healthful and safe environment for generations to come. It's a way to ensure that future generations will enjoy the quality of life we have worked hard to achieve. It includes every aspect of life and it takes the whole community to make it work.
Mankato has adopted "green" policies and best practices in planning for sustainability. Building a green city means building a community that can sustain itself. Mankato has been recognized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s GreenStep Cities program as a Step Two GreenStep City. To achieve this, the city implemented best practices that help achieve sustainability goals and cost savings, reduce energy use and encourage innovation. Staff are working toward Step Three status. Mankato was the first city in southern Minnesota, and one of the first in outstate Minnesota to commit to the program.
City staff members continue to work on diversification and energy-conservation strategies. The city of Mankato strives to be a good steward of the environment in all service endeavors.
Mankato’s strategic plan is a road map that helps guide the city through the next few years. The city’s strategic plan details where the city is going and how it plans to get there, while determining measurable results. Building an environmentally responsible/sustainable infrastructure is one of the goals of the Strategic Plan