Over the past year, West Metro Regional Manager John Anderson has been working with a group of Minnetonka residents called the Minnetonka Climate Initiative to create a sustainability commission for the city.
More and more, Minnesota cities are creating these sorts of commissions that bring real value to their communities. Commissions increase resident participation and community engagement and provide for long term planning on issues like energy, water quality, solid waste, and land use.
And the great news is that, on Monday, October 12th, the Minnetonka City Council voted to establish their own sustainability commission!
The effort was led by local residents and took time and dedication. And hard work pays off. If your community lacks a sustainability commission and you’d like to explore creating one, please contact Conservation Minnesota to get the conversation started.