This page shares updates on the impact of the Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan.
Duluth commits to carbon neutrality by 2050
In her State of the City speech, Mayor Larson announced that the City of Duluth is committing to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 community wide. She said the current commitment of 80% by 2050 is no longer enough, “that’s why we are now committed to the Cities Race to Zero, making clear that we aim to achieve carbon-neutrality — net zero — by 2050.” [Image credit: C40 Cities]
City of Duluth releases Climate Action Work Plan
The City of Duluth released its first Climate Action Work Plan. The short-term plan for the next one to five years sets the groundwork for future action. It identifies nine strategies for decreasing city and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and becoming more resilient to a changing climate.
Ecolibrium3 wins state Climate Adaptation award
Ecolibrium3 was named the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership’s 2022 Organization Award winner. Nominated by the City of Duluth, the award recognizes a decade of community leadership in Minnesota to advance climate mitigation and adaptation, including it’s leadership in the development of the Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan.
Duluth News Tribune editorial board supports plan
The Duluth News Tribune editorial board wrote an editorial supporting the Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan. “To be part of responding to that emergency, start at ecolibrium3.org/duluthclimateaction/. There are hundreds of ideas there, from growing your own food to caulking around drafty windows,” they stated. [Image credit: Marian Kamensky | Cagle Cartoons]
"Fundamental guidance" for the City's climate action plan
At the September Natural Resources Commission meeting, Duluth Sustainability Officer Mindy Granley called the Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan “fundamental guidance” for the development of the City’s own climate action plan that was mandated by the passing of the Climate Emergency resolution.
City council passes climate emergency resolution
After years of encouragement by community members, especially the Duluth Climate Mobilization, City councilors unanimously passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency. The resolution requires the City to develop a Climate Action Work Plan that will identify strategies for decreasing city and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and help it becoming more resilient to a changing climate.
Influencing movement toward more clean energy
In response to the urging of community members, Duluth’s electric utility, Minnesota Power, set a goal of producing carbon-free electricity by 2050. While there is much more work to be done to speed up the transition to renewables and to stop additional investment in fossil fuels, setting this goal moves us one step towards cleaner energy in our community.