Pilot Versions

Welcome to the Pilot Versions Page where you can see a record of the releases and submit comments.

Minnesota GreenStep Schools Pilot Launch

Use the current Pilot Version for:

  • Schools and Districts to Join and achieve Step 1 Level Recognition and higher

  • Resource Organizations to Join

  • Coming soon: Individual Membership & More Features

Sign up to express your interest and get on our mailing list See the Call for Participation

About the Pilot Version

The Pilot Version 1.0 was released January 16th, 2020

The pilot version is building basic capabilities. Not all features are active. As the website is developed, anticipate greater functionality and addition of more Best Practice Pages and Best Practice Action details. If you have any comments on the website, please submit your feedback in this form, or alternately contact mngreenstepsch@umn.edu, including the name of the page in the email subject line, and your comment or question in the email body. As significant updates are made, they will be listed below.


These are the substantial updates since the January 16th release including the activation of pages and features not in the initial release. Listed below are updates to the functioning and documentation of the program. Not included are news updates, changing project promotional elements, or status updates on which organizations have expressed interest, joined, or advanced in recognition.

Update 1/21/20

  • Outcome Area Pages added for each of the four outcome areas, link-able from the main Best Practices page or the Drop down menu

  • Best Practice Pages added for "BP 0.1 Green Team" and "BP 0.2 GreenStep Schools Resolution" link-able from the main Best Practices page or the Organizational Leadership Outcome Area Page.

Update 2/21/20

  • Top Menu structure and hierarchy changes include making Best Practices show up on the top menu, and rearrangin the order of top menu items.

  • Clarifications to the Overall process for districts and schools to take. (Districts and Schools Page)

Update 3/11/2020

  • Editorial and language refinements.

  • BP 1.5 Water Efficiency page is complete, and has a downloadable datasheet.

Update 7/20/2020

  • A prompt for describing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices has been added to the Step 1 Form and the Project Story Form

The following online Resources for BP 0.2 GreenStep School Resolution have been added

  • bp0.2 Resolution Preparation Guidance and Resources

  • MN GreenStep Schools Summary Slide Deck Template (Powerpoint as of 7/20/20)

  • MN GreenStep Schools Executive Summary (2 pages, as of 7/20/20)

  • bp0.2 Sample school board resolution to participate in Minnesota GreenStep Schools

  • bp0.2 School Participation Commitment Template

Update 3/17/2021

  • BP 1.2 Renewable Energy has been renamed to BP 1.2 Clean Energy

  • BP 1.2 Clean Energy page has been added

Update 1/31/2022

  • BP 1.3 Waste Reduction page with actions and resources has been added

Update 4/22/2022

  • Added a new best practice: "BP 1.12 Climate Mitigation and Planning: District/School has assessed their greenhouse gas emissions, planned for their reduction, and is taking action toward that goal." (Best Practice page is in progress)