Sustainable Duluth

Welcome! The Sustainability Team here at the City of Duluth is excited to share with you where we've been, what we're up to now, and the direction we're headed for the future. We're all in this together -- local government has a unique and vital role to play in guiding the community's efforts to move towards achieving true sustainability


What is Sustainability? It means meeting the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

What is a Sustainable community? A sustainable community is economically, environmentally, and socially healthy and resilient. It meets challenges through integrated solutions, and it takes a long-view perspective -- one that is in the present yet is preparing for the future. 

What is Sustainability planning?

Sustainability Planning is a comprehensive plan that seeks to ensure a city can continue to meet its current and ongoing environmental, social, and economic needs without compromising the future for succeeding generations.

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Sustainability is a governing principle in implementation of the City of Duluth Comprehensive Plan. In 2011, the Duluth City Council endorsed the first City Operations Energy Action Plan for years 2011 -- 2015. The plan sets targets to reduce energy use in buildings, operations, and transportation.

An Energy Action Plan (EAP) is part of a climate action plan and a broader, more comprehensive sustainability plan. The City Operations Energy Action Plan will become part of a more comprehensive sustainability plan for City operations at a future date.

Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a set of strategies intended to guide community efforts for reducing GHG emissionsknown to contribute to climate change, to conserve energy and other natural resources, and to prepare the community for the expected effects of global warming.

In 2012-2013, the City sponsored a public engagement process to develop a Duluth Community-wide Energy Action Plan (Duluth LEAP). The plan will be posted on the sustainability webpage later in April 2013 for public comments before it is presented to the Duluth City Council.

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