DULUTH, MN-- The City of Duluth had reached yet another milestone when it comes to sustainability.
Duluth is part of the GreenStep Cities program, developed to challenge areas in reducing their carbon footprints.
After 6-years in the program, the city on the lake has reached Phase-4 of the 5-Phased initiative.
The amount of success a city has when moving toward sustainable energy is measured by action.
"A matrix for how much energy we use in city buildings and how we're reducing that energy use," said Alex Jackson, Duluth's Energy Coordinator.
For Duluth, the GreenSteps Cities program has allowed city leaders to climb the green ladder.
Duluth's Sustainability Officer, Mindy Graneley said, "The measurement is really important and the Greenstep Cities is just one program that we can measure our progress by.
She said the city has reached phase 4 of the 5-phase program since joining in 2016.
She stresses in order to get to Step Four you have to take action. "You have to actively work on reducing energy, protecting stormwater run-off, adding renewable energy."
The city has made major strides in energy efficiency. From city buildings to streetlights, and a recent project, installing LED lights on the famous Aerial Lift Bridge.
"Super efficient, they use less energy, they save money, they save carbon," said Granley.
Leaders searching for ways to cut carbon energy in each project.
Jackson said, "Whether it's how we reconstruct the damage on the Lakewalk or how we heat and cool and manage a building."
Granley feels Duluth could set the bar and help steer the state toward a greener future. "We rely on our environment for our entire economy and for our way of life so we have to take care of that environment and in Duluth, we can do that in a way that sets an example for the rest of the state."
In order to reach Phase 5, the city needs to keep going above and beyond its green action and continue to monitor energy progress.
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