Environment

The City of Big Lake is dedicated to environmental stewardship and preservation. Big Lake is set among a wealth of natural resources including rivers, lakes, wetlands, productive soils, and wildlife refuges. The City is dedicated to protecting these rich natural resources for current and future residents. In this vein, the City operates and maintains a community garden, farmers market, Lake Association, and compost facility, in addition to our plentiful parks and greenways. Big Lake is also part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program in order to continuously improve in sustainability and environmental protection measures.

What is a Minnesota GreenStep City?

Minnesota GreenStep City is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. This free continuous improvement program, managed by a public-private partnership, is based upon 29 best practices. Each best practice can be implemented by completing one or more actions at a 1, 2 or 3-star level, from a list of four to eight actions. These actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation. Go to the Minnesota GreenStep Cities website to discover what actions Big Lake has taken. 

Click here for the MN GreenStep Website