Duluth Mayor Emily Larson introduced the community to the city's first-ever sustainability officer at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

Mindy Granley will step into the freshly created role in February, sliding into the position from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she has served in a similar capacity for the past 12 years.

Larson had announced her intentions to add the position to the city's staff roster at her State of the City Address last April. The salary range for the new post is between $81,335 and $118,198.

"The purpose of this position is to lead our resiliency efforts within the city of Duluth, in partnership with our new Energy Plan Commission ... in partnership as well with our city departments and the community to develop, implement and monitor progress on our comprehensive energy sustainability strategies across the city of Duluth," Larson said at her Wednesday press conference.

The city received 66 applications from around the nation, but Larson said Granley stood out from the crowd because of her accomplishments on the job as UMD's sustainability director.

During her tenure, Larson said, Granley "has championed campuswide organics recycling."

"She moved the university from bronze to gold in STARS, which is a campus Sustainability Tracking and Rating System. She increased campus solar production by 900%. And the list of her accomplishments goes on and on," Larson said.

Granley said she was thrilled to be named Duluth's first sustainability officer.

"I've always believed my work at UMD — a public university — was really about benefiting the common good and helping people through learning, discovery, research and engagement. And I see this as the next step in sort of extending that mission," Granley said.

"I'm joining a team here at the city that's already working on sustainability, from reducing energy use to carbon to protecting water quality in our streams and Lake Superior. So, I really look forward to helping amplify those efforts. But more importantly, I'll be a liaison and a partner from the city in communitywide action on climate change, which is sort of a lifelong goal for me," she said.