Duluth wins League of Minnesota Cities' Sustainable City Award

Duluth's Climate Action Work Plan earns recognition.

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The League of Minnesota Cities named Duluth the recipient of its 2022 Sustainable City Award on Thursday.
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DULUTH — The same city hosting this year's League of Minnesota Cities' annual conference was named the recipient of the organization's 2022 Sustainable City Award on Thursday.

Duluth was singled out for declaring a climate emergency and developing a Climate Action Work Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

The annual award is presented to a Minnesota city that has made strides to become more sustainable and to adopt policies consistent with 29 best practices identified under the GreenStep Cities program. Duluth has participated in GreenStep since 2014.

Duluth's efforts to fight climate change have been led by the city's Sustainability Advisory Team, which has prioritized local actions, including:

  • The adoption of a new vehicle replacement policy focused on reduced emissions.
  • Developing a strategic facilities plan to reduce energy usage.
  • Providing technical energy-saving assistance to the Lincoln Park neighborhood through a Department of Energy Communities LEAP grant program.
  • Obtaining community forestry grant to help replace diseased trees and protect 83 acres of forest.

Reflecting on the award, Mayor Emily Larson said: "It shows that Duluth is doing its part to help make Minnesota more resilient for the future, while also helping our city economically."

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