DULUTH, MN — New numbers show nearly two-thousand people in the Duluth-Superior area have jobs in the clean energy industry.
In fact, that job field grew two and a half times faster than Minnesota’s overall job growth last year.
It’s thanks in part to efforts by companies like Duluth based LHB. They’re an engineering design firm aimed at helping organizations become more sustainable.
They recently helped with some big projects at the 148th Fighter Wing, some of which have helped reduce the base’s carbon footprint.
Lt. Col. Ryan Kaspari, a civil engineer at the base says, “really helped us as a National Guard develop our sustainability guidelines.”
In that consolidation process, the newer facilities are built with more sustainable, energy efficient elements including lighting and heating sources.
Kaspari says, “this will be a huge improvement both from an energy perspective and a consolidation internal function efficiency perspective.”
The new infrastructure also allows the airmen and women better hands-on practice. “This project actually improves our readiness, our training.”
The base says they look forward to continuing to reduce their overall facility footprint and keep working with LHB on future projects. Kaspari says, “we plan to continue to with our installation development plan. We’ve got a number of projects that are in planning or design that will continue us down that track.”
“There’s the idea of people taking a little pride in improving the environment and trying to be sustainable to the environment.” Kevin Holm, part of LHB stated.