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Your Green Life: Northland tribal leader appointed to state Climate Change Council

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DULUTH, MN-- A Northland tribal leader has been chosen to join a Minnesota council aimed at improving the environment.

This week, Governor Tim Walz's Administration announced appointments to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change.

Wayne DuPuis, Fond du Lac's Environmental Program Manager is on that list.

DuPuis has been leading the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in carbon and energy reduction.

He said the band has reduced its energy reduction by at least 30% in the last decade, saving them a quarter-million dollars in reduction costs.

He says the council's goal is to identify innovative policies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resiliency throughout the state.

"It's imperative that we take the steps necessary to minimize the greenhouse that is being put into the atmosphere," said DuPuis

According to DuPuis, the council is tasked with putting out its report by December to meet the goals of the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act which Governor Tim Pawlenty's administration initiated.

"Some of the actions that I see is we need to look at all of our infrastructure needs and make sure they are as energy-efficient as they can be. Those are steps that Fond du Lac has taken," said the Environmental Program Manager.

DuPuis said the state is now tasked with reducing energy use by 30% by 2025.

He hopes the council will establish a communication plan with the general public on how to enhance opportunities and recommendations given by the council.

You can watch Your Green Life every Thursday at 5 p.m. on KBJR 6.

You can find a full list of appointed members to the council here.

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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