The community that can put together the strongest team to build opportunities and encourage action toward energy reduction will win the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. Duluth is a competitive community, but is probably better known for its collaborative efforts. Learn about our current partners and then join the team!

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Join these great partners in helping Duluth win the prize!

ECOLIBRIUM3

Ecolibrium3's mission is to inspire and lead change in the community toward an equitable and sustainable future. Ecolibrium3's flagship program is the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program which has helped over 1,000 households reduce their energy use. Ecolibrium3 is working to advance solar installation in Duluth and is coordinating Duluth's Georgetown University Energy Prize competition entry.

CITY OF DULUTH

The City of Duluth has recently completed a Minnesota GreenStep Cities assessment and is moving forward as a Level 2 GreenStep City. They'll be leading development of municipal strategies for city facilities during the competition.

ISD 709

ISD 709 has taken leadership in the community to advance energy efficiency including completion of a $315 million effort to build 4 new schools, rehabilitate 7 others, and close 7 more. As a Georgetown University Energy Prize partner, ISD 709 is participating in energy data sharing and leading educational engagement on energy with students and families.

DULUTH LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION

Duluth LISC is an affiliate of the national Local Initiatives Support Corporation. LISC's mission is to help nonprofit community development organizations transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity- good place to live, work, do business and raise children. Duluth LISC facilitates the At Home in Duluth Collaborative working in core neighborhoods to revitalize housing and supports energy retrofits in Duluth's older housing stock.

MINNESOTA POWER

Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc., serves a 26,000-square-mile area in central and northeastern Minnesota, including Duluth. Minnesota Power's Power of One conservation program continues to exceed state energy efficiency performance standards and moved to over 20% renewable generation by 2014.

HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Duluth HRA, which strives to ensure that decent, safe, affordable housing conditions are available to all residents, has completed a Green Physical Needs Assessment on their 1150 public housing units, including 6 high rises and 286 scattered site properties. The assessment will inform next steps on energy efficiency investments.

WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR SANITARY DISTRICT

WLSSD has taken leadership in many aspects of environmental protection, including operating yard and food waste compost facilities, household hazardous waste collection facilities, and biogas capture from anaerobic digesters. Next up: measures to reduce the electric load and generate more energy from from sewage treatment processing.

HOUSING RESOURCE CONNECTION

The Housing Resource Connection (HRC) is a collaboration of the City of Duluth, Duluth HRA, Ecolibrium3, 1Roof Community Housing, and the Arrowhead Economic Opportunities Agency. Through the HRC, Duluth residents can get access to multiple homeownership and housing rehabilitation programs through one application process. The HRC has multiple low-interest loan products and limited grants to help Duluth homes complete energy efficiency upgrades.

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. We respond to climate change by bringing Minnesota's faith communities together and providing opportunities for congregations to join the growing climate justice movement. An Arrowhead Network started in Duluth after churches began working on an energy efficiency pilot with Ecolibrium3.

COMFORT SYSTEMS

Duluth’s municipally-owned natural gas company is a division of the City of Duluth’s Public Works and Utilities Department. ComfortSystems works with Minnesota Power to offer combined home and business energy assessments. In addition, ComfortSystems offers a low-interest Home Energy Loan Program to residents and a grant program for businesses.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH

Multiple departments and classes are engaged in designing and implementing Duluth’s Prize strategy. Just one example are two senior level engineering classes engaged in designing what may become Duluth's first solar community garden. In addition, UMD, along with the City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3, and Ever-Green Energy, is working with Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator program to advance energy planning within the City of Duluth and throughout their campus system.

DULUTH SUPERIOR AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Through their community giving, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is supporting the Giving Comfort at Home Program administered by Ecolibrium3. Giving Comfort at Home assists elderly, disabled, veteran, active military, and low-income families complete energy savings upgrades through the use of community volunteers and expert assistance. To sign up for the program or volunteer, call Ecolibrium3 at 218-336-1038.

...AND YOU!

Join Team Duluth! Partner with us to help bring the Georgetown University Energy Prize home. Businesses, organizations, and churches are invited to work with Duluth's Georgetown University Energy Prize leadership team to define projects and take action to save energy. If your organization would like to participate, sign up below or contact Ecolibrium3 at 218-336-1038.

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