About Us

Ecolibrium3’s mission is to lead and inspire change towards an equitable and sustainable future.

We accomplish this mission through two areas of focus.

The first is serving as the neighborhood convening organization in Duluth’s low-income Lincoln Park neighborhood, working on all aspects of sustainable revitalization that advance opportunities for residents and businesses.

The second is a focus on community sustainability and resiliency including aspects of energy transition, housing stock improvement, economic security, and health.

We excel at understanding high-level challenges and then designing and implementing programs, partnerships and projects that address those issues.

Our work has been nationally recognized for excellence in programming and community impact.

White House Champion of Change for Building Resilient Communities Award

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Seeds of Change Award

US Conference of Mayors Outstanding Achievement Award

National Main Street Forward Award for COVID-19 Response

Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Climate Adaptation Award

Board

Carole Newkumet, Interim Chair/Board Treasurer, Community Volunteer, Retired Public Health, Chair of the River Corridor Coalition

Dana Kazel, Board Secretary, Director of Communications, St. Louis County

Chris Benson, Owner, Frost River

Joe Drexler, Population Health Specialist

Mindy Granley, Sustainability Officer, City of Duluth

Sumair Sheikh, Career and College Readiness Specialist, Duluth Public Schools

Staff

Jodi Slick, Founder and CEO

Jodi Slick is the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, leading the organization’s community resilience and sustainability work. Jodi previously founded Common Ground Construction, a green affordable housing social enterprise. She received her Master of Educational Administration and BS in Broad Field Science (Chemistry and Physics) from the University of Wisconsin Superior. She has also completed training with the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in Social Entrepreneurship. Jodi was named a White House Champion of Change for Building Resilient Communities in 2013.

Laura Beck, Finance Director

Laura provides the financial backbone for Ecolibrium3. In addition to keeping Ecolibrium3’s finances in order, she coordinates contractor certification for Ecolibrium3’s energy efficiency and flood recovery programs.

Laura provides over two decades of accounting experience with restaurants, commercial and residential construction companies and non-profit organizations.

Lora Wedge, COO

Lora Wedge is the COO of Ecolibrium3, helping direct the organization’s operations and climate change work. Lora has previously served in a number of social change roles including the national field organizing director for a social justice lobby, the coordinator of an educational program for immigrant families, the national training coordinator for a domestic violence organization, and the program and operations coordinator for a Salvadoran solidarity organization. She also founded a leadership group for girls in Venezuela and is (formerly) fluent in Spanish. Lora teaches as adjunct faculty in the Department of Studies in Justice, Culture, and Social Change at the University of Minnesota Duluth and has a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a M.A. in Consciousness and Transformative Studies.

Mackenzie Foley, Director of Community Relations and Development

Mackenzie Foley brings her passions for sustainable living, community organizing, and social innovation to her role as Ecolibirum3’s Director of Community Relations and Development. Her background encompasses a wide range of skills and experiences including founding a support group for HIV+ teens as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader, and managing fundraising initiatives and corporate partnerships for a grassroots environmental nonprofit in Bend, OR. Her education includes a B.S. in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and a M.A. in Social Justice. She enjoys exploring wilderness trails on foot, bike, or skis, playing cribbage on her homemade boards, and spending time with her dog Tully.

Patrick Weber, VISTA Program Coordinator

Patrick Weber is the VISTA Program Coordinator for the Eco3 VISTA program.  His primary responsibilities are supporting the AmeriCorps VISTA members and their host sites to provide an experience that both builds the capacity of our communities and provides opportunities for professional growth. His B.A. in theatre arts and experience in producing and directing community theatre help him think creatively and communicate with an increasingly diverse population in our city. He is passionate about connecting the people in his community and strengthening our neighborhoods. Patrick is also the artistic director of Northern Expressions Arts Collective, a non-profit that specializes in bringing families together through artistic play.

Tristen Eberling, Community Energy Specialist

Tristen Eberling works as Ecolibrium3’s Community Energy Specialist. Originally from Litchfield, Minnesota, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in History. After serving two years with Green Iowa AmeriCorps doing home energy audits in Northeast Iowa, Tristen moved to Duluth in 2016 to continue his focus on sustainability and local energy. He is a BPI certified Home Analyst, and Ecolibrium3’s go-to for making Duluth homes energy efficient. Tristen enjoys fly fishing, hunting, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking around Duluth and the North Shore, as well as spending time with his beautiful black lab, Sadie.

*Ecolibrium3 also hosts multiple AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers. Meet them here!

Our History

Ecolibrium3 has a rich history of serving northeastern Minnesota.

Ecolibrium3 began as Common Ground Deconstruction Services and Reuse Center in 2004 to train low-income individuals in the trades while recovering building materials. Over the course of its first eight years, the social enterprise of the 501(c)3 nonprofit, Northern Communities Land Trust, expanded its role from deconstruction to green affordable housing construction.

Common Ground completed 124 single-family new constructions and extensive remodels, a national demonstration project of the Green Communities standards with solar for affordable housing, two multi-family buildings for veteran transitional housing, and development of the community-scale Duluth Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP).

In 2011, when Common Ground’s parent nonprofit merged with another housing agency, Common Ground spun-off half of its staff, board, and programming to form Ecolibrium3. Under the new, non-affiliated 501(c)3, Ecolibrium3 staff and board have been able to expand its community impact in areas of residential energy efficiency, environmental protection, and sustainable economic development. Ecolibrium3’s CEO, Jodi Slick, is the founder of both Common Ground and Ecolibrium3.