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City of Duluth makes strides in MN Greenstep Program

City of Duluth makes strides in MN Greenstep Program

Emily Ness
Updated: July 24, 2020 05:04 PM

The City of Duluth has reached an admirable milestone in its efforts to protect the natural environment and reduce energy consumption.

Just this week, Duluth completed step four of five of the Minnesota Greenstep Cities Program.

Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator for the city said through the program, Duluth has been working to become more sustainable since 2015.

Some accomplishments over the last five years include:

  • Diversifying trees in parks
  • Making green spaces more available
  • Investing in renewable energy sources, including Canal Park’s solar canopy, Lester Park’s solar LED lights and the Community Solar Garden
  • Replacing 90% of city owned and operated street lights and traffic signals with led lights

Jackson noted that the lights of the area lift bridge were recently changed from high pressure sodium lights to LED lights, reducing the energy load by 80%.

All of these accomplishments and more can be found on the Minnesota Greenstep Cities Program webpage.

“Since it’s all on a webpage, really the world can see how Duluth is trying to be a leader in sustainability and make our operations more efficient and protect the environment and everything that is so loved and trusted here in northern Minnesota,” Jackson said.

According to Jackson, achieving step four of the Minnesota Greenstep Cities Program puts Duluth in the top 30% of participating cities. But, Jackson said the goal is to achieve all five steps by 2020.

"I want us to be higher and I think we can be higher than that," Jackson said.

Jackson said that will entail more research and a continuation of the work they are doing.

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