Duluth Citizens' Climate Action Plan

Why a Duluth Citizens' Climate Action Plan?

In June 2018, the City of Duluth adopted a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 as part of its Imagine Duluth 2035 Comprehensive Plan. That was important movement for our city, yet it applied only to City operations and buildings, just 4% of community-wide emissions. The Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan launched in November 2020 to spread that goal community wide.

In March 2022, the City of Duluth committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 community wide. Now we must all work together to meet this goal!

What do our greenhouse gas emissions look like now?

The majority of our greenhouse gas emissions in Duluth comes from producing most of our electricity with coal and gas. 

Transportation accounts for 17% of our greenhouse gas emissions, food and agriculture 12%, and buildings 9%.

What are the most impactful actions we can take?

International and local experts recommend we take the following actions in Duluth to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions:

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Food and Agriculture

Develop a local and ecologically sound food system infrastructure that enables us to grow, process, and distribute the food our community residents and businesses need. 


Prioritize street design and modes of transportation that put people first, like walking, biking and public transportation.


Make our buildings more energy efficient and fueled by clean and efficient energy.

Energy Production

Move our electricity production to renewables and support the development of community-owned, locally produced clean energy.

Get involved!

Help reduce Duluth’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about what you can do by signing up for updates from the Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan and click on the “Learn more” buttons above to learn about each of the sectors and the actions you can take.