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Exploring opportunities for Minnesota through the Natural Step Process and Sustainable Communities in Sweden

In 2009, a member of the Dovetail Partners team traveled to Sweden for five weeks to examine sustainability initiatives in Swedish communities, including the Natural Step process. Based on similarities in climate, population density, and environmental challenges, it is conceivable that many of the observed practices could be implemented in Minnesota and other Great Lakes communities as well. This report provides background on Swedish communities visited on the tour and highlights strategies employed by communities, companies, and various organizations to move toward sustainability goals. The report covers areas pertaining to waste management practices, renewable energy production and consumption, utilization of local resources, sustainable forestry, water quality, and environmental education, and offers some suggestions for implementation in Minnesota and other North American communities.

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