Swedish Visitor Spreads Green Message in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

March 18, 2011 Updated Mar 18, 2011 at 9:24 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - From electric cars, to wooden homes, to district heating, Duluthians got a taste of how the "Greenest City in Europe" works.

A representative from Duluth's Sister city in Sweden came to St. Scholastica to discuss how Växjö became green.

The city heats buildings by district using renewable resources and is building energy efficient wooden buildings.

For transportation, the city has a network of bike paths.

In 2013, all biological household waste will be collected to make bio-gas.

The representative says the transformation didn't happen overnight.

"We say, 'we will start today'. We'll try to do it step-by-step and implement renewable energy sources. Today, everyone is very aware of the direction we are walking in, fossil-fuel free direction," said Göran Fremot, senior advisor of the Energy and Business Administration in Växjö.

Following the presentation, many Northlanders asked questions of how to form a political environment to create a greener city.

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