Pushing for Greener Buildings in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

April 7, 2011 Updated Apr 7, 2011 at 9:41 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - With more people going green when it comes energy and gas savings, one Minnesota group is pushing for more green buildings in Duluth.

The Minnesota chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council wants three to four educational events in Duluth this year.

The council is creating a working group to put the events together.

Thursday a speaker came to inform residents of what the council does and how green buildings work.

The Green Building Council executive director said in their seven year history they haven't spent a lot of time pushing for green buildings outside of the metro area.

A green building is a building that is environmentally responsible, built with safe materials in an ecologically-friendly place and healthier for people to work and live in.

The buildings also save energy, conserve water and reduce costs.
The director says she believes Duluth is a good place to push the initiative.

"Duluth has a lot of buildings that are LEED certified. LEED is our ratings system created by the U.S. Green Building Council that allows buildings to score points for how environmental strategies that they use, and so we feel that there's a great interest in the Duluth area," said Sheri Brezinka, executive director for USGBC, Minnesota Chapter.

The director says the goal is for every person in Minnesota to have access to a green building within this generation.

The council also wants the buildings, whether they are a school, home or commercial space, to be affordable, so they are more accessible.

The Green Building Council is doing a home design competition for young professionals and students.

Contestants must design a LEED platinum home for a site in Proctor.
The winning team might see their design become a reality.

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