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The Morris Model Partnership

The Morris Model is a partnership for progress made up of numerous groups from across the Morris community focused on five key areas:
  • Long-term Community Resilience
  • Clean Energy
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Energy Conservation
  • Community Celebration

     

Work done by the Morris Model includes a collaboration with the City of Morris and the Climate Smart Municipalities Program which connects Morris, MN with the city of Saerbeck, Germany. Morris’s partnership with Saerbeck allows our communities to exchange ideas, offer support, and build relationships with people across the globe. 

In March of 2019, Morris adopted a strategic plan developed by members of the Morris Model consisting of three primary goals for our community:

  • Locally produce 80% of Stevens County’s energy needs by 2030
  • Reduce county energy consumption by 30% by 2030
  • Eliminate landfilling of waste generated within the county by 2025

Morris Model partners include but are not limited to:

  • City of Morris
  • Morris Area Public Schools
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • West Central Research and Outreach Center
  • Horizon Public Health
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Stevens County
  • City of Saerbeck, Germany
  • The Jefferson Center
  • Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

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Photo of the signing of the second and perpetual Climate Protection Partner Agreement with representatives from the City of Morris and the City of Saerbeck, Germany.
Photo of the signing of the second and perpetual Climate Protection Partner Agreement with representatives from the City of Morris and the City of Saerbeck, Germany.

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Morris community hears from delegation from Saerbeck, Germany at community meeting for the City of Morris’s new Strategic Plan developed by the Morris Model team.
Morris community hears from delegation from Saerbeck, Germany at community meeting for the City of Morris’s new Strategic Plan developed by the Morris Model team.

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The Morris Model team accepts the 2017 MN Local Government Innovation Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in improving city infrastructure, planning, and in the case of Morris, sustainability.
The Morris Model team accepts the 2017 MN Local Government Innovation Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in improving city infrastructure, planning, and in the case of Morris, sustainability.