Buildings Actions

Buildings account for an estimated 19% of Duluth’s greenhouse gas emissions. That is 410,725 tons of GHG for Duluth and 4.8 tons per person.

Most of the buildings in Duluth are not green. As much as 80% of the energy we produce is wasted through poor insulation or leaving on unnecessary lights, heating and cooling, and electronics. The good news is that investment in retrofitting buildings with energy efficient improvements, depending on the building, has a payback time of just five to seven years on average. Investment now can help us meet our 80% by 2050 GHG reduction goals and save as much as 328,580 tons of GHG. 

In addition, just maximizing our efficiency in heating and cooling our buildings could cut our GHG emissions by 30-40%, or 123,217 to 154,290 tons.

How do we get started? Here are steps some of our community experts recommend that will help us lower the carbon emissions of the buildings in our community. Which actions will you commit to?

Featured Buildings Actions

Here are some featured actions related to buildings. Check here for new items as they are added.

All Buildings Actions

Here are steps community experts recommend that will help Duluth reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to buildings. Which actions will you commit to?

Enhance Building Efficiency

Shifting Building Energy Sources to Renewables

Personal Awareness Actions

Actions you can take around your personal beliefs and values:

Address Building Refrigerants

Personal Awareness Actions

Actions you can take around your personal beliefs and values:

Institution and Business Actions

Actions schools, places of worship, and businesses can make:

Community and Systemic Actions

Changes you can advocate for at the community and systemic levels: