Your Green Life: "City of Duluth Going Green"

By KBJR News 1

January 31, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Local businesses and people have taken the green step forward, but now the city Duluth is looking to take city wide action.

"The mayor has appointed a group of people from Duluth to come up with an area wide plan for the city of Duluth. It will look at where we are going with the consumption of fossil fuels, energy, electricity." says Dennis Jensen, LEAP Counsel/DTA General Manager.

This group of people are all concerned about the future of Duluth and believe we must make green changes in order to keep up with the energy needs of the city.

"It's really interesting to see the different ideas, where they come from and some of the goals and objective that they are trying to outline right now, because it will be something that has to be adopted by the city and hopefully implemented for the future." says Jensen.

By coming together and setting realistic goals for the city we can start to implement new projects and plans to reduce the entire areas energy consumption.

Dyann Andybur, the Energy Coordinator for City of Duluth told me, "We need to create more vibrancy in our community by reducing our energy dependence and also increasing the efficiency of our homes."

Funding for rebates going towards people who build green, or take green steps in their homes is just one goal for reducing energy needs.

"Goals they are looking at such as having charging stations for electric vehicles and looking at the Port its self and how it can be more energy conscious or conservations with ships and some of their facilities." Said Jensen.

About 30% of the housing in Duluth is more than 85 years old.
By merely making those homes more energy efficient we could greatly reduce the energy usage in the city.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch